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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.

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The white woman accused of making racist comments and starting a fight at a McKinney, Texas, community pool earlier in June said on Tuesday that she did not use racial slurs while arguing with black teenagers at the pool party.

"My kids were screaming and traumatized," Tracey Carver, the woman identified as one of two individuals who started a fight at the community pool, said in a statement, according to the Dallas Morning News. "I walked out to defuse the fight and did just that. I didn’t beat anyone nor use racial slurs of any kind."

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Jeb Bush, a Catholic, is not on board with Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical that will call on the world to acknowledge climate change and avoid "unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem."

"I hope I’m not going to get castigated for saying this by my priest back home, but I don’t get economic policy from my bishops or my cardinals or my pope," the former Republican Florida governor said at a Tuesday campaign rally in New Hampshire, according to MSNBC. "And I’d like to see what he says as it relates to climate change and how that connects to these broader, deeper issues before I pass judgment. But I think religion ought to be about making us better as people and less about things that end up getting in the political realm."

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Rachel Dolezal said on Tuesday that she cannot prove who her real parents are, even though Ruthanne and Larry Dolezal, who describe themselves as white, have shown news outlets a birth certificate indicating that they are Rachel's parents.

"I haven’t had a DNA test. There’s been no biological proof that Larry and Ruthanne are my biological parents," Rachel told Savannah Guthrie in an interview for NBC's "Nightly News."

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The Phoenix-area man indicted on Tuesday for helping plan the attack on Pamela Geller's Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, also ran a wildly unpopular moving company.

Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem's day job appears to have been running Git-r-Done Moving in Phoenix, a moving service so thoroughly panned by reviewers that it has one star on Yelp. The Better Business Bureau gave the company an F. Reviewers complained strenuously on Yelp about everything from the movers overcharging customers to not showing up for moves to stealing customer items to losing one customer's dog.

"USELESS! CRAPPY SERVICE and just plain DUMB!"

"It was by far, the worst 'service' I have ever received."

"NEVER EVER EVER USE THEM!"

Kareem, who also goes by the name Decarus Thomas, allegedly provided the two gunmen with the weapons they used to carry out the May attack and helped them practice shooting in the desert near Phoenix before the shooting. The two alleged gunman, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, were killed in a shootout with a policeman before they could enter the venue hosting the cartoon contest.

Arizona corporate records list Decarus Thomas as the owner of Git-r-Done Moving Services LLC. The Arizona Republic reported that Kareem ran a moving and carpet cleaning business. It appears that Kareem added the carpet cleaning component later, as the business is listed as Git-r-Done Moving and Cleaning Services on Yelp under the same address. It appears that Thomas also ran Five Star Moving, which shares a phone number and address with Git-r-Done.

Here are some of the lowlights from Git-r-Done's reviews on Yelp.

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Rachel Dolezal on Tuesday morning addressed reports that she has been pretending to be black for the first time since she resigned from her position as president of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

"I identify as black," she said on NBC's "The Today Show" when Matt Lauer asked if she is an African-American woman.

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Sen. Mark Kirk (R-OH) apologized on Monday for comments he made while joking about Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) status as a single presidential candidate.

"I've been joking with Lindsey. Did you see that? He's going to have a rotating first lady. He's a bro with no ho," Kirk said at a Senate Appropriations Committee markup last week, referencing Graham's recent quip that he would have a "rotating first lady" if elected president.

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Following Rachel Dolezal's decision to resign from her position as the president of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the organization's president said on Monday that the NAACP will now be able to focus on its advocacy.

"The NAACP is not concerned with the racial identity of our leadership but the institutional integrity of our advocacy. Our focus must be on issues not individuals. Ms. Rachel Dolezal has decided to resign to ensure that the Spokane branch remains focused on fighting for civil and human rights," NAACP President Cornell Brooks said in a statement. "This resignation today comes amidst the real work of the NAACP and the real challenges to our democracy."

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Rachel Dolezal, the former president of the Spokane Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), sued Howard University for discrimination in 2002, according to court documents obtained by The Smoking Gun.

Dolezal alleged that the school denied her a teaching assistant post, a post-graduate instructorship, and a scholarship because she was white, according to The Smoking Gun.

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Rachel Dolezal, the former president of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), has allegedly been helping the victim in a sexual assault case against Dolezal's biological older brother, the New York Daily News reported on Saturday.

Joshua Dolezal has been accused of four counts of felony child sexual assault in Clear Creek County, Colo., according to the Denver Post. He was arrested in March 2014 for alleged incidents dating back to July 2013, and he is scheduled to face trial in August, court documents show, according to the Denver Post.

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