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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

This story out of Arkansas is as convoluted as it is heartbreaking.

Three sisters were removed from their family home due to alleged sexual abuse. They were adopted by a state legislator and his wife, who run a day care called Growing God's Kingdom Preschool. Things do not go well in the new home.

The adoptive parents reportedly came to think the two younger girls were possessed, a claim the parents now deny. An exorcism was allegedly performed. Ultimately the lawmaker and his wife could not handle the girls any longer and wanted to give them back up for adoption. They placed the girls with a former employee of their day care. He allegedly raped the middle sister.

The case became public in part last April, but the extent of the involvement of Arkansas Rep. Justin Harris (R) did not come to light until last week. A pair of deeply reported stories in the Arkansas Times, the alt weekly in Little Rock, exposed the troubling allegations and forced Harris to call a press conference to respond.

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Fox News' "Outnumbered" co-host Andrea Tantaros said on Thursday that Eric Holder is "an attorney general for the criminal" while arguing that the Obama administration is at least partially to blame for the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Mo., early Thursday.

"Eric Holder has proven, time again, he is an attorney general for the criminal, by the criminal, and of the criminals in the United States of America," Tantaros said.

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Attorney General Eric Holder denounced the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Mo., in a statement on Thursday.

"This heinous assault on two brave law enforcement officers was inexcusable and repugnant. I condemn violence against any public safety officials in the strongest terms, and the Department of Justice will never accept any threats or violence directed at those who serve and protect our communities," Holder said.

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A member of the same fraternity that was recently banned from the University of Oklahoma over a racist chant reportedly took to Twitter this week with a series of racially charged tweets before deleting his account.

The San Antonio Express-News reported on Wednesday that Turner Coulson, a junior at Texas State University and member of that university's Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter, posted the tweets apparently in frustration over what his fraternity brothers were going through in Oklahoma. The OU chapter of the frat was kicked off campus earlier this week after its members were filmed singing a chant filled with the N-word and references to lynching.

"If it was black people singing about crackers we would never hear a word about it," Coulson tweeted, according to the Express-News.

Coulson reportedly deleted his Twitter account after the tweets were discovered, but the newspaper reported that a cached version of the account, as well as his Instagram and LinkedIn accounts, show that he is a member of SAE.

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The Georgia state senate on Wednesday passed a resolution that denounces the new Advanced Placement U.S. History curriculum and calls on the College Board to return to the old version of the course, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The resolution states that if the College Board does not return to the previous version of the course, then Georgia must stop funding any trainings or instructional materials related to the class.

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In a tabloid-worthy twist, a Democratic lawmaker in Indiana has been busted for sexting with the same woman who brought down former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) two years ago.

Indiana state Rep. Justin Moed (D) admitted on Tuesday that he sent sexts to Sydney Leathers, the woman who sexted with Weiner in 2013, the Indianapolis Star reported Tuesday night.

Moed, who is engaged and planning a September wedding, apologized in a statement to the Indianapolis Star.

"I am truly sorry I have hurt the ones I love most with my poor judgment. I am committed to rebuilding trust with my family and my community. This is a private matter and I ask for it to be treated as such. I apologize to my constituents and to everyone I have let down," he wrote in the statement.

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