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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After Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) last week said that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) rushed the publication of its June climate study, Science, the research journal that published the research, rebutted the congressman's claims this week.

"This paper went through as rigorous a review as it could have received," Ginger Pinholster, the chief communications officer at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the group that publishes Science, told the Washington Post in an interview published on Monday. "Any suggestion that the review was ‘rushed’ is baseless and without merit."

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit on Monday against Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) on behalf of the refugee agency that redirected a Syrian refugee family from Indiana to Connecticut at the request of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.

The lawsuit seeks an injunction to keep the governor from withholding any state or federal refugee resettlement funds from Exodus Refugee Immigration, Inc., and states that Pence's rejection of refugees from Syria is unconstitutional.

"This lawsuit is calling out Governor Pence on his unconstitutional bluff," Judy Rabinovitz, deputy legal director of the ACLU's immigrants' rights project, said in a statement. "He does not have the power to pick and choose between which lawfully-admitted refugees he is willing to accept. Singling out Syrian refugees for exclusion from Indiana is not only ethically wrong, it is unconstitutional. Period."

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After telling reporters that he "saw the film" of American Muslims in New Jersey cheering on Sept. 11, 2001, Ben Carson walked back his comments and said he was unsure of where the footage of celebrations was taken.

Donald Trump recently surfaced the debunked rumors that on 9/11 "thousands" of New Jersey residents cheered during the attack. And when asked on Monday, Carson said that he saw the newsreels of the alleged celebrations in New Jersey.

Later in the day, Carson's campaign told ABC News that the candidate did not mean to say he saw cheering in New Jersey, but that he meant to refer to celebrations in the Middle East.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) trails Donald Trump by just two points among Iowa Republicans, showing the senator closing in on the real estate in the key primary state, according to a poll released on Tuesday by Quinnipiac University.

Among likely Iowa Republican caucusgoers, Trump received 25 percent support, while Cruz received 23 percent. Cruz has jumped 13 points since Quinnipiac's October poll, which showed Carson leading Trump in the state.

In the poll released on Tuesday, 18 percent of likely caucusgoers supported Carson, down from 28 percent in October.

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Monday night quizzed Donald Trump on a chart retweeted by the Republican presidential candidate that incorrectly portrayed how many white people are murdered by black people, telling Trump that the chart was "totally wrong."

Trump on Sunday retweeted this inaccurate, racially charged chart that may have originated with a neo-Nazi Twitter account:

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CNN host Carol Costello on Monday asked Karen Majewski, the mayor of Hamtramck, Michigan, if she was concerned about the growing population of Muslims in her city.

After discussing New York City's monitoring of Muslims following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Costello noted that Hamtramck is a "majority-Muslim-American city" and asked Majewski, "Are you afraid?"

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Washington, D.C., Police Chief Cathy Lanier told the public in an interview aired on Sunday that those involved in an active shooting should either run, hide, or fight, adding that if someone is able to take the gunman out, then that's the best way to save lives.

"Your options are run, hide, or fight," Lanier told Anderson Cooper on CBS' "60 Minutes."

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Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) on Friday suggested that Syrian refugees are just trying to come to the United States for a "paid vacation," noting how much the federal government spends to resettle refugees.

"We’re paying them about $15,000 a year in free health care, free food, free shelter, free clothing, free transportation," Brooks said on the Dale Jackson Show, according to audio posted by ThinkProgress. "That answers very quickly why so many of them want to come to the United States of America."

"Were paying them to come here," he continued. "It's a paid vacation!"

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