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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

Jose Antonio Vargas, an undocumented journalist and activist, was released by U.S. Border Patrol on Tuesday after he was arrested before boarding a flight from McAllen, Tex. to Los Angeles, Calif., according to a statement from Vargas' organization Define American.

"I’ve been released by Border Patrol. I want to thank everyone who stands by me and the undocumented immigrants of south Texas and across the country. Our daily lives are filled with fear in simple acts such as getting on an airplane to go home to our family," Vargas said in the statement.

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Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) said on Friday that in order to connect with female voters, the Republican party needs to bring policy explanations "down to a woman's level."

During a panel discussion on issues that women face and how the GOP can better reach women voters, the chair of the Republican Women's Policy Committee said that members of the party need to better "articulate ourselves," according to the Washington Examiner.

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A Federal Appeals Court on Monday ruled that the state of Texas must issue specialty license plates with Confederate flags, ruling that denying them violated the First Amendment.

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicle rejected a specialty plate from the Sons of Confederate Veterans in 2011, which the court argued violated the free speech rights of the Confederate group. The judges ruled that the DMV engaged in "viewpoint discrimination" by not allowing certain specialty plates to be issued.

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Jose Antonio Vargas, an undocumented journalist and activist, was detained by U.S. Border Patrol in McAllen, Texas on Tuesday after trying to board a plane to Los Angeles, Calif., according to United We Dream statement.

Vargas traveled to the border on Thursday to interview undocumented immigrants who had fled Central America. When he got to the border town of McAllen, he realized he would need to pass through a Border Patrol station in order to leave.

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According to Colorado Gov. John Hicklenlooper, he had no chance against President Obama in a game of pool.

The governor told the audience at a National Governor's Association conference in Nashville, Tenn. that he "felt pretty good" about his ability to beat Obama going into the game, according to the Wall Street Journal. Hickenlooper said he even thought he might need to let the President win.

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