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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

The National Rifle Association went after a gun activist in the September issue of its American's First Freedom magazine with an odd account of her professional background.

The writer, Dave Kopel, is shocked that the head of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, Shannon Watts, describes herself as a stay-at-home mom but has worked in the past and runs a public relations firm from her home. The NRA piece is complete with an image of Watts surrounded by household items:

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The New York Times public editor, Margaret Sullivan, said that Times reporter John Eligon's description of Michael Brown as "no angel" in a profile of the Ferguson, Mo. teen was a "blunder."

"That choice of words was a regrettable mistake. In saying that the 18-year-old Michael Brown was 'no angel' in the fifth paragraph of Monday’s front-page profile, The Times seems to suggest that this was, altogether, a bad kid," she wrote on Monday.

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A St. Louis police officer fatally shot a man brandishing a knife on Tuesday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The shooting put many on guard amid racially charged protests in nearby Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting of an unarmed black teen on Aug. 9. This incident, however, seems unrelated.

When police arrived on the scene in St. Louis, the suspect pulled out a knife. The suspect died on the scene after two officers fired their guns, according to the St. Louis police chief.

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Ferguson officials on Tuesday asked residents to stay at home at night so that peace could be restored and provided a list of actions the city is considering to improve its relationship with the community.

"It is our hope that as we continue to work for the well-being of Ferguson, residents will stay home at night, allow peace to settle in, and allow for the justice process to take its course," the city said in a statement, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We owe it to our children to be able to return to school and work together peacefully for Ferguson’s future."

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Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson on Tuesday said that some journalists have given too much attention to the "criminal element" of the Ferguson protests.

"We had a number of journalists — and not all, I want to say that now, the journalists have been on our side, they have been our partners in reporting. I get home each morning, I look at the news and I am really grateful to the media for what they’ve done," he told MSNBC, according to video recorded by Mediaite. "But we have a lot of media that have not done a great job."

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