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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 fire at a historically black church in Greeleyville, S.C. on Tuesday night was likely not a case of arson, a federal law enforcement official told the Associated Press on Wednesday.

Local and federal law authorities are still investigating a fire at Mount Zion AME Church, which was burned down by Ku Klux Klan members in 1995, but federal law enforcement said that the preliminary investigation indicated the fire was not intentionally set.

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Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Tuesday night pressed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on his proposal to subject the Supreme Court justices to retention elections after the court ruled in favor of both Obamacare subsidies and gay marriage.

Under Cruz's plan, the justices would be appointed to their post, and face a retention election during the second national election after appointment. They would then face election again every eight years.

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Following a ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court ordering the state to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the capitol, the Satanic Temple will change its plans to place a Satanic monument in the capitol as well.

After the state allowed the Ten Commandments monument to be placed at the capitol in 2012, the Satanic Temple announced plans to install its own statue and the group began working on a sculpture of a Baphomet, a goat-headed deity.

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that the state must remove a controversial Ten Commandments monument from the capitol in Oklahoma City, the Tulsa World reported.

The court decided that the monument violates the state constitution because it supports a religion and ordered its removal in a 7-2 vote, according to the Tulsa World.

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The Ku Klux Klan will hold a protest on the South Carolina capitol grounds over the state's decision to consider removing the Confederate flag, the Post and Courier reported.

Brian Gaines, a spokesman for the South Carolina Budget and Control Board, confirmed to Politico that the Loyal White Knights of the KKK, which is based in Pelham, N.C., reserved the capitol grounds in Columbia on July 18 from 3 to 5 p.m. for the rally. Gaines said that the capitol allows all groups to reserve the grounds for events, regardless of ideology.

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly was taken aback by the Obama administration's decision to light the White House in rainbow colors after the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry.

"I was a bit surprised to see the White House doing a victory lap using actual White House property on Friday," O'Reilly said on Monday night. "The people’s house was illuminated in rainbow colors to celebrate the gay marriage decision. What about all the Americans who believe that a redefinition of marriage is not the job of the Supreme Court?"

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After causing confusion on Monday by stating that an Alabama Supreme Court order would stall gay marriage in the state for 25 days, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore walked back his statement.

"In no way does the order instruct probate judges of this State as to whether or not they should comply with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling," Moore said in a Monday statement clarifying his earlier remarks, according to The Auburn Plainsman.

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