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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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A police officer's AR-15 rifle accidentally discharged in Hillsborough County, Fla. on Tuesday while he was on a call, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

A police investigation into the incident determined that Officer Timothy Higgins's rifle went off due to a key ring attached to his belt, according to the News-Journal. The bullet was lodged in the rifle's trigger guard, and no injuries were reported.

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Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said on Monday that if the Supreme Court rules against Hobby Lobby, which sued the federal government to block Obamacare's contraception mandate, he'll propose a constitutional amendment.

"I hope the Supreme Court doesn’t screw that up is all I can say," Hatch said about the Hobby Lobby case during a Memorial Day speech in Wood Cross, Utah, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. "Because if they foul up the First Amendment again, we are going to have a constitutional amendment. And I believe I can put one on that everybody in this country, except the nuts, will support."

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With the recent emphasis on the prevalence of sexual assaults on college campuses by the White House and Congress, conservatives have pounced on the definition of sexual assault and the statistics cited when discussing the issue.

On Tuesday, Glenn Beck's The Blaze decided to air a series of pre-recorded skits in order to cast doubt on the statistics cited by the President, that one in five women have been sexually assaulted at college.

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Niger Innis, a GOP candidate for the Nevada congressional district in which Cliven Bundy's ranch is located, on Saturday defended the anti-government rancher, who was abandoned by many conservatives after his comments about "the Negro."

During an Independent American Party event over the weekend, Innis gushed about the Bundys' hospitality when he paid them a visit to discuss land rights, Buzzfeed reported on Tuesday.

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A GOP candidate for the Texas State Board of Education who fathered a child at age 16 said he opposes teaching students about contraception in schools, KERA News reported on Monday.

Eric Mahroum, who home-schools one of his two children, said that he thinks kids should be taught about sex at home and also supports displaying the Ten Commandments in school.

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A woman was accidentally shot in a Columbus, Ind. Wal-Mart on Saturday when a handgun slipped from a 56-year-old man's holster, according to The Republic.

Tony Ward told the police that his .22 caliber handgun, for which he had a permit, slipped from his waistband and accidentally discharged while he was shopping.

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After Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) last week said that states choosing not to defend their gay marriage bans in court will lead to "anarchy," a state LGBT leader is calling for an apology.

"For elected officials, governors or attorney generals, to pick and choose what laws [they] will enforce I think is a tragedy, and is the next step to anarchy," Herbert said in a press conference last week after Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) said he wouldn't appeal a court's ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban. "We have an obligation as a state to defend those laws."

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Vice President Joe Biden gave some useful advice on how to avoid "BFD" slip-ups on Monday.

Biden addressed participants, including some injured veterans, in the Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge, a 325 mile bike ride from Washington, D.C. to Virginia Beach.

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