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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

The former South Carolina Republican Party official accused last month of refusing to let his wife out of his car was arrested on suspicion of criminal domestic violence on Monday, according to WIS-TV.

Todd Kincannon, an attorney who served as the executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party in 2010, allegedly got into an argument with his wife after a work function on March 26, after which he allegedly would not allow his wife to leave his car, according to a police report.

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Columbia Graduate School of Journalism Dean Steve Coll made it clear on Monday that "Jackie," the alleged victim on whom Rolling Stone relied for its story on a rape at a University of Virginia fraternity, was not to blame for the magazine's reporting failures.

"We do disagree with any suggestion that this was Jackie's fault," Coll said at a Monday press conference on the school's review of Rolling Stone's reporting, according to Politico. "As a matter of journalism this was a failure of methodology."

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The Colorado Civil Rights Division on Friday ruled that the Denver bakery that refused to decorate cake with anti-gay slurs did not discriminate against the customer's religion, according to the Associated Press.

Colorado resident Bill Jack filed a discrimination complaint in January against Azucar Bakery after the owner, Marjorie Silva (pictured above), refused to write anti-gay messages, such as "God hates gays," on a cake. She offered to bake Jack a cake with a Bible on it and provide the materials for him to write the phrases himself, but would not write the messages herself.

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A staffer for Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) resigned this weekend after he was arrested for allegedly attempting to solicit a prostitute, the Boston Globe reported on Saturday.

David Wihby, Ayotte’s state director in New Hampshire, was arrested on Friday night in Nashua, N.H., for the misdemeanor charge of soliciting a prostitute, according to the Globe.

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While defending Indiana's controversial religious freedom law, potential 2016 presidential candidate and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) questioned whether gay people should be forced to serve members of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church and quoted the group's "God Hates Fags" slogan.

Santorum told CBS' Norah O'Donnell that he wished Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) had not signed off on changes to the law that prohibit businesses from using the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to discriminate against gays and lesbians. Santorum said the original law "had better language."

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Rolling Stone retracted its story about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity on Sunday evening with the publication of an external review performed by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, but the magazine said it does not plan to fire any writer or editor involved in the story.

The report issued by Columbia found that Rolling Stone's "A Rape On Campus" was the "story of journalistic failure that was avoidable," and the review placed blame on reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely, the magazine's editors, and fact-checking department.

According to the report, Rolling Stone "set aside or rationalized" essential parts of the reporting process and did not make gaps in the storyline or shaky sourcing clear to readers. The report also concluded that Erdely should have contacted three friends of the victim, "Jackie," who could have provided details about the night of the alleged rape, and that Erdely should have worked harder to identify the alleged attacker.

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A Republican lawmaker in North Carolina pushing a bill that would lengthen the abortion waiting period in the state denied on Wednesday that her bill would restrict women's access to abortions, but also noted that the legislation would lead to fewer abortions.

The bill sponsored by state Rep. Pat McElraft (R) would lengthen the state's waiting period for abortions to 72 hours from the current 24, and would prohibit doctors at some state-funded public colleges from performing elected abortions.

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The Indiana pizzeria that was forced to close following backlash over the owners' comments on gay marriage and the Indiana religious freedom law will reopen sometime soon.

In an interview that aired this week, the owner's daughter, Chrystal O'Connor, said that Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Ind., would not cater a gay wedding due to the family's religious beliefs. Following outcry over O'Connor's comments, critics of the Indiana law flooded the pizzeria's Yelp page with negative reviews and inundated the restaurant with phone calls, pushing the owners to shut down the restaurant.

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