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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

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Thursday criticized Attorney General Eric Holder for trying to "stand in the schoolhouse door" and keep minority students from attending charter schools, an allusion to segregationist and former Alabama Gov. George Wallace.

"We've got Eric Holder and the Department of Justice trying to stand in the schoolhouse door to prevent minority kids, low-income kids, kids who haven’t had access to a great education, the chance to go to better schools," Jindal said at the Conservative Political Action Conference, as recorded by the Huffington Post.

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A Mobile, Ala. man was arrested on Wednesday after he tried to exact revenge against a family member he felt was responsible for the death of his 7-year-old stepson, who accidentally shot himself in the head, police told Alabama Media.

Kenneth Kendrick Sims was charged with second-degree assault after he injured three people while looking for the family member he believed left the gun in the home where his stepson accidentally shot himself, according to police.

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Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) on Thursday said that the international community does not take Secretary of State John Kerry or the United States seriously.

"Without firing a single missile, President Reagan actually brought down the Soviet Union, and you've got right not a President who's you know, John Kerry's flying around and drinking merlot with people, and saying, 'Let's all be friends,' and they're laughing at us right now," he said.

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President Obama on Thursday reiterated that he would not use executive action to prevent further deportations of undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

"That already stretched my administrative capacity," he said at a town hall event about his order to stop deporting DREAMers, undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children, according to a White House pool report.

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Boston Public Schools will replace free condoms donated to the school system after parents raised concerns over the messages on the wrappers, according to the Boston Globe.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health donated 40,000 condoms after Boston decided to provide free contraception in all public high schools, but the wrappers feature phrases like "hump one," "one lucky lady" and "tasty one," which concerned parents.

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MSNBC "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough on Thursday slammed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for his recent remarks on the Senate floor, during which he called Charles and David Koch "un-American" for their ads criticizing Obamacare.

"To say that the Koch brothers are against everything that is good with America and calling them quote 'un-American,' that by definition is McCarthyism," Scarborough said.

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Officials at the University of Chicago have been actively pursuing collaborations with rivals in Hawaii and Illinois to ensure that President Obama's presidential library will be built at their university, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday.

Hawaii, where Obama was born, is not looking to secure the presidential library, and instead is looking for a presidential center in Honolulu, Gov. Neil Abercrombie told the Sun-Times.

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) on Wednesday night averted about $3 billion in food stamps cuts over the next 10 years, becoming the first Republican governor to do so since Congress slashed the program at the end of January, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The governor will preserve benefits for about 400,000 households in the state by increasing aid through the "Heat and Eat" assistance program, according to the Inquirer.

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