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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 U.S. Secret Service officer was arrested in Washington, D.C. on Friday and will be charged with one misdemeanor count for destruction of property, CNN reported.

U.S. Secret Service Spokesman Brian Leary told CNN that "an off duty USSS Uniformed Division Officer assigned to Foreign Missions Branch was arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C."

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College Board will released a new edition of the AP U.S. History exam this summer following significant backlash from conservatives, who decried the new framework for the course as too negative and "revisionist."

"This summer, the College Board will release a new edition of the course framework which will clarify and encourage a balanced approach to the teaching of American history, while remaining faithful to the requirements that colleges and universities set for academic credit," Trevor Packer, College Board's senior vice president for AP, wrote in a letter in the Wall Street Journal.

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Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera on Friday morning said that new dashcam footage that shows Walter Scott running away from his car at a traffic stop should clear South Carolina police officer Michael Thomas Slager of the murder charge.

"I'm extremely glad that they released the dash cam video because it gives context to the event. However horrific and tragic and outrageous the shooting in the back is, it shows that it started as a righteous traffic stop," Rivera said on "Fox and Friends."

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) told "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart on Thursday night that powerful corporations have made sure that every law in the United States protects the "tender fannies of the rich and the powerful."

Stewart asked Warren about corruption in U.S. government and whether it has become the norm, citing Sen. Bob Menendez's (D-NJ) recent indictment on 14 counts of corruption.

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A guest on Sean Hannity's Fox News show left the set Thursday night during a heated segment on the shooting death of unarmed black man Walter Scott.

While guest Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson told Americans to "stop overreacting" to shootings, citing the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, legal commentator Leo Terrell tried to jump in, according to a clip highlighted by Mediaite. Hannity let Peterson finish his thought.

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The state of South Carolina argued in an amicus brief filed to the Supreme Court that the framers of the Constitution did not intend to force states to allow same-sex marriage, just as they did not prohibit states from discriminating against women in the Fourteenth Amendment.

As Slate noted, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson argued in the brief that the Fourteenth Amendment, which guarantees equal protection, was only intended to ban discrimination based on race and that the authors "insisted upon leaving untouched those state laws depriving women of basic rights upon marriage to a man."

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Feidin Santana, the witness whose video led to murder charges against a South Carolina police officer, spoke out on Wednesday for the first time since the incident and said that he was so scared he thought about deleting his recording.

"I even thought about erasing the video," he said during an interview on MSNBC with Craig Melvin. "I felt that my life, with this information, might be in danger.”

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Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Wednesday night questioned whether Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was ready for the scrutiny of a presidential campaign, citing numerous recent interviews in which Paul was testy with reporters.

Paul told Kelly that "interviews are difficult," especially when they are contentious and the interviewer is "editorializing."

"I don’t think it makes for good TV on both sides. And I do lose my cool," Paul said on "The Kelly File," adding that viewers don't want to watch "yelling."

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