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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

Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday that the federal investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown is still underway and remains independent of the local probe.

"Though we have shared information with local prosecutors during the course of our investigation, the federal inquiry has been independent of the local one from the start, and remains so now," Holder said in a statement released after a state prosecutor in Missouri announced a gran jury had declined to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. "And although federal civil rights law imposes a high legal bar in these types of cases, we have resisted forming premature conclusions."

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President Obama on Monday called on protesters to react peacefully to the St. Louis County grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown -- even as TV networks showed a split screen of the president's speech with police firing tear gas at protestors.

Obama said that it's "an understandable reaction" for some to be angry with the decision, but he urged people to respect the wishes of Michael Brown's family and refrain from violence.

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Rafael Cruz, father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), last week said that Christians need to "take back society" from "the progressives."

"The blood of 57 million babies is crying out to God, just like the blood of Abel cried out to God. But you know, what we need to do is turn the tables on the progressives," the elder Cruz said in an interview with bishop E.W. Jackson, according to audio posted by the Raw Story.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) will speak during a press conference at 6:30 p.m. ET ahead of the grand jury's decision whether to charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown.

Nixon and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay "will be calling for peace and discussing preparations to protect the public and free speech," according to a statement from Nixon's office.

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) got into a heated argument about race and crime with Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson during a discussion on Ferguson, Mo.

"But the fact is, I find it very disappointing that you're not discussing the fact that 93 percent of blacks in America are killed by other blacks. We're talking about the exception here," Giuliani said on NBC's "Meet the Press" while discussing whether police forces reflect the demographics of the communities they serve.

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The incoming elected Speaker of the Nevada Assembly Ira Hansen (R) said on Sunday that he would resign from his leadership position following a controversy surrounding columns he wrote about race, gender and other topics.

"For the greater good of the State of Nevada and the cause I support it is necessary for me to withdraw as Speaker Designee," Hansen said in a statement obtained by Nevada reporter Jon Ralston. "The tens of thousands of people who both read my columns and listened to my radio shows through two decades in the media know this has been a carefully orchestrated attack to remove a conservative Republican from a major leadership role in State government. The deliberate character assassination and the politics of personal destruction have totally distorted my views and record."

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