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Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Articles by Caitlin

An Oklahoma House committee on Monday approved a bill taking aim at the new AP U.S. History framework, which conservatives have decried as unpatriotic and negative, the Tulsa World reported.

State Rep. Dan Fisher (R) introduced a bill at the beginning of the month that keeps the state from funding AP U.S. History unless the College Board changes the curriculum. The bill also orders the state Department of Education to establish a U.S. History program that would replace the AP course.

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After Mississippi lawmakers criticized Republican state Rep. Gene Alday's remarks about "welfare crazy checks" for blacks, Alday insisted that his remarks were taken out of context.

"I'm not a bad person, and that makes me look like an evil person," Alday (pictured right) told the Clarion-Ledger on Monday about his previous interview with the paper. "I didn't do anything wrong. The guy made me look like a fool."

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Sunday said that Republicans cannot shut down the Department of Homeland Security over President Barack Obama's executive actions.

The House in January passed a bill that would fund the department and overturn Obama's actions deferring the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants. If the Senate does not pass the House by Feb. 27, the Department of Homeland Security will shutdown, and the Senate may not act in time to keep the department open.

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Sarah Palin appeared on the "Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Show," where she joked about a potential 2016 bid with Donald Trump as her running mate.

"How much do you think Lorne Michaels would pay me if I were to run in 2016?" Palin asked comedian Jerry Seinfeld during a question and answer session.

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Alabama Probate Judge Steven Reed on Sunday said he had no problem defying the chief justice's order not to issue marriage licenses to gay couples after a federal court struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban.

"There was no hesitation. At the time Chief Justice Moore had not started bloviating on this topic and so there was no need to defy because I didn't ask for his opinion and frankly didn't need it," Reed said on ABC's "This Week" about his decision to begin issuing gay marriage licenses.

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Mississippi state Rep. Gene Alday (R) said recently that he opposes increases in education funding, citing "crazy welfare checks" that he doesn't think benefit the state.

"I don’t see any schools hurting," Alday (pictured on the right) said in an interview with the Clarion-Ledger highlighted by ThinkProgress. "The people are electing superintendents that don’t know anything about education."

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