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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

Doctors this month detected HIV in a Mississippi child, now nearly 4 years old, who had been seemingly cured of the virus last year.

The child was born with HIV and underwent antiretroviral therapy for the first 18 months of her life. Her mother did not bring the child back for treatment for five months; when doctors tested her again, they did not find detectable HIV, leading them to believe the 18 months of treatment could be effective permanently. For more than two years, doctors did not detect HIV in the child leading to stories that the child was "cured." Now, doctors say, that is not the case.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday said that she still backs the current version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act despite multiple equality groups' decision to pull support for the bill over its religious exemption.

"It's all about choices," she said during a press briefing. "When you're an advocate, 100 percent is your goal. When you have to make a vote — the bill that we have is the one that passed the Senate in a bipartisan way. I think that has a big value."

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Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) on Wednesday downplayed the horrible conditions in U.S. Border Patrol detention centers by describing all of the supposed benefits undocumented immigrants are receiving there.

"They belong back with their families. When you look at the lovely way they're getting treated -- they're getting free health care, free housing, you know, they're watching the World Cup on big screen TVs," he said on Sean Hannity's radio show, as recorded by the Huffington Post.

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President Obama on Wednesday again criticized Congress' approach to immigration issues in a speech about the border crisis and addressed calls for him to visit the border.

"I’m not interested in photo-ops. I'm interested in solving a problem," Obama said when asked about his decision not to take a trip to the border.

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A Republican Kentucky state lawmaker and owner of a coal company last week used dubious claims about Mars to question the reality of climate change.

"I don't want get into the debate about climate change," state Sen. Brandon Smith said, according to Louisville NPR affiliate WFPL. "But I’ll simply point out that I think in academia we all agree that the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here. Nobody will dispute that. Yet there are no coal mines on Mars. There’s no factories on Mars that I'm aware of."

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