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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

A Republican Florida state senator on Tuesday grilled a lobbyist for Americans for Prosperity about the group's mailers criticizing senators' support for a Medicaid expansion bill, calling the mailers "misleading."

During a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services hearing on Tuesday, state Sen. Rene Garcia said that Americans for Prosperity, a group funded by the Koch brothers, had sent mailers to the residents in his district claiming that Garcia has not addressed the issue of telemedicine.

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Doug Hughes, the Florida mailman who flew his gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol grounds on Wednesday, wrote on his website that he warned President Obama about his plan to personally deliver mail to Congress so that the Secret Service could be made aware that he was not a threat.

"My flight is not a secret. Before I took off, I sent an Email* to info@barackobama.com. The letter is intended to persuade the guardians of the Capitol that I am not a threat and that shooting me down will be a bigger headache than letting me deliver these letters to Congress," Hughes wrote on his website dedicated to his plan, DemocracyClub.org.

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NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel issued a statement on Wednesday correcting details about the gunmen who kidnapped him and his crew in Syria in December 2012.

In his statement, Engel said that following the incident, he incorrectly claimed that Shiite gunmen of the Shabiha militia loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad kidnapped him and his team.

However, after an inquiry from the New York Times about the incident, Engel and his team discovered that they were abducted by a Sunni militant group who merely claimed to be affiliated with the Shabiha. The NBC team was also likely freed by a rebel group with ties to the gunmen that kidnapped them.

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Radio host Tavis Smiley on Wednesday night joined "The O'Reilly Factor" to debate the Fox News show's host, Bill O'Reilly, over police misconduct.

At the beginning of the show, O'Reilly said that with new technology, it's "easy for cop haters to demonize the entire law enforcement community," according to a clip highlighted by Mediaite. He criticized those who believe that selling illegal drugs is a nonviolent crime and said that these "insane views of the world can poison actual societies."

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The Oklahoma attorney general on Tuesday defended schools who allowed the distribution of bibles to students, claiming that religious freedom is under attack in the U.S., according to the Tulsa World.

"Few things are as sacred and as fundamental to Oklahomans as the constitutional rights of free speech and the free exercise of religion," Attorney General Scott Pruitt wrote in a letter to public school superintendents. "It is a challenging time in our country for those who believe in religious liberty. Our religious freedoms are under constant attack from a variety of groups who seek to undermine our constitutional rights and threaten our founding principles."

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Senate Republicans published a tweet on Tuesday evening honoring Abraham Lincoln on the anniversary of his assassination, but they goofed it by making it seem as though they felt "indebted" to Lincoln's assassination, not the former president himself.

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An Arizona police officer rammed into a suspect with his patrol car in February in order to stop the suspect's alleged crime spree, according to two dashcam videos released by police on Tuesday.

In one of the videos released, a gunshot can be heard as the suspect, Mario Valencia, can be seen walking on a sidewalk in Marana, Ariz.

According to CBS, Marana police said that Valencia had stolen a gun from a Walmart after allegedly robbing a convenience store, setting fire to a church, and breaking into a home and a car.

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CNN host Jake Tapper asked presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) how he can appeal to younger voters and oppose legalizing same-sex marriage.

"You are casting yourself as a candidate of a new generation. But there is an issue where you are very out of step with younger voters, even younger Republican voters," Tapper said to Rubio on "The Lead," noting that a majority of young Republicans support gay marriage. "On that issue, same-sex marriage, senator, you're the candidate of yesterday."

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