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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

A Pennsylvania state police Cpl. Richard Schroeter was charged with five counts of reckless endangerment on Tuesday in the shooting death of a fellow police officer, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Schroeter, a 20-year veteran of the police force, allegedly shot and killed Trooper David Kedra by accident in September while teaching five officers on a new weapon at a training facility in Plymouth Township.

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An Alabama woman was arrested on Tuesday after she offered to perform a same-sex marriage inside the Autauga County probate judge's office, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.

After a gay couple received their marriage license from the probate judge's office, Anne Susan Diprizio, who says she is an ordained minister, offered to conduct a marriage ceremony right there.

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The hotel manager for the Ritz Carlton at which Brian Williams stayed while covering Hurricane Katrina recently cast doubt on some of the stories he told about his time in New Orleans after the storm.

Some of Williams statements about what he witnessed in New Orleans were called into question after the NBC News anchor admitted last week to telling a bogus story about his coverage of the Iraq War.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) took to task a Missouri lawmaker who drafted a resolution calling for the state's congressional delegation to push for a full repeal of Obamacare with "manly firmness."

"I don’t think you prove your manhood by kicking folks off their health coverage and once again letting insurance companies discriminate against women and sick people," McCaskill said in a Tuesday statement.

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Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said he would not attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress, joining a handful of Democratic lawmakers in boycotting the meeting, Vermont newspaper Seven Days reported.

"The unfortunate way that House leaders have unilaterally arranged this, and then heavily politicized it, has demolished the potential constructive value of this Joint Meeting. They have orchestrated a tawdry and high-handed stunt that has embarrassed not only Israel but the Congress itself," Leahy said in a Tuesday statement.

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A Highland Park, Texas, parent last week dropped her challenge to a book on poverty due to concerns that the school's process for reviewing her challenge was unfair, according to the Dallas Morning News.

"The committee membership should be objective and without participant prejudice to ensure integrity without conflict," Meg Bakich, the parent who challenged the book, wrote in an email to the Dallas Morning News.

Bakich protested the Highland Park school district's decision to have students read "The Working Poor: Invisible in America," by journalist David Shipler, which depicts Americans living near the poverty line. In her formal challenge, Bakich complained that the book was "sexually explicit."

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