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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 conservative movement has homed in on an unlikely source: the way that AP U.S. History is taught. Since the College Board initially released a revised framework in October 2012, it has sparked an incredible backlash — mainly among conservatives — who dubbed it unpatriotic and "revisionist." Last week, after a local school board rebuked the new framework, students and teachers staged a dramatic walkout.

This can largely be traced to one man: Retired history teacher Larry Krieger, has been at the forefront of the fight against the College Board's new framework for about a year. After Krieger criticized the framework, the College Board publicly defended the changes and recently clarified the instructions for teachers in hopes of mollifying critics. That doesn't appear to be enough for Krieger.

"They did not actually change so much as one word," Krieger told TPM. "I had hoped that the College Board would be responsive to the growing outcry for changes."

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Rush Limbaugh thinks that marriage may be the key to Republicans taking the Senate in 2014.

"The Republican party would be well-advised to set up a dating service and to embark on a policy of arranging dates for as many single women as possible," Limbaugh said on his radio sow on Tuesday.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) conceded that the state of Wisconsin lost its fight to ban same sex marriage on Monday when the Supreme Court declined to hear gay marriage cases in multiple states.

With the Supreme Court's punt back to the appeals court that struck down the ban, county clerks in Wisconsin have started issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. And Walker seems to have accepted that this is the end of the road for the state's ban.

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A Secret Service agent's gun was stolen from his car in 2009, and he was never disciplined for losing his firearm — in fact, he was later promoted, according to a Washington Examiner report.

Two sources told the Examiner that the agent, who regularly served on President Obama's security detail, left the semi-automatic handgun inside his work bag in his car overnight.

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Washington state Democrats plan on introducing legislation next year that will counteract the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, which allowed some employers to opt out of providing contraception coverage for employees.

Senate Democrats on Thursday said that the legislation would ensure that all women have access to health insurance with birth control coverage, the News Tribune reported.

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