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 Charleston mayor was left nearly speechless on Wednesday when asked to respond to Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's (R) comments that the victims in the Charleston shooting may have been able to stop the attack if they had been carrying handguns.

"That is so ridiculous," Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley told Fox News radio host Alan Colmes. "I mean, I knew these people. I’m looking that their pictures right now in front of me. They weren’t going to be carrying handguns. You want an 87-year old retired lady or you want a minister to be carrying a handgun or a 78-year old retired lady that used to work for the city of Charleston? That is so insane. You want those elderly people carrying handguns? Is that the best we can do in America?"

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Buckwheat Zydeco, a Louisiana Zydeco musician, on Thursday decried Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) after he used one of Zydeco's songs at his presidential campaign announcement.

Jindal played Zydeco's cover of “Hey, Good Lookin'” at his launch on Wednesday, which prompted the musician to tweet his disapproval, according to Gambit Weekly. Zydeco instead indicated that he was a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

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After the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the subsidies provided through the Affordable Care Act, conservatives were left to grapple with the fact that the court has twice upheld a law they utterly loathe.

And although many Republican lawmakers issued run-of-the-mill statements assuring their constituents that they would continue the fight against Obamacare, some conservatives could not hide their disappointment with the ruling and disgust with the Supreme Court.

Some lashed out at Chief Justice John Roberts, who sided with the liberal justices on Obamacare again. A few conservatives took their anger out at President Obama, and some even tore into each other.

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) on Thursday railed against President Obama and the Supreme Court after the justices upheld the subsidies provided through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

"Today’s decision does not change the fact that Obamacare is a socialist takeover of health care forced down the throats of the American people without proper review, and it does not slow the massive and unprecedented transfer of wealth that is at the heart of the subsidy system," Bryant said in a statement.

"Make no mistake—Obamacare is not about helping those in need or improving health care delivery," he continued. "It is about destabilizing our health care system, ceding more control to centralized government and replacing individual liberty with government dependence."

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As lawmakers in several southern states have called for the removal of Confederate flags and other controversial symbols from state capitols and public spaces, some officials have pushed back, arguing that the symbols represent a piece of history.

Republican Tennessee state Sen. John Stevens said he does not oppose an effort to change the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, named for a Confederate general and founder of the Ku Klux Klan. Yet, Stevens wondered if renaming the park would lead the state down a "slippery slope."

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Sean Hannity suggested on Wednesday that if stores are going to stop selling Confederate flags, then perhaps they should also stop selling rap music containing the N-word.

"I have a question: can you still buy a Jay-Z CD at Walmart? Does the music department at Sears have any Ludacris albums? Can I download 50 Cent on Amazon? Can I do that? Can I get some Snoop Dogg albums on eBay?" he asked on his radio show after discussing stores that will no longer sell Confederate flags.

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Warner Bros. on Wednesday said that the company would no longer license models of "General Lee," the red Dodge Charger painted with a Confederate flag featured in the television series "The Dukes of Hazzard."

"Warner Bros. Consumer Products has one licensee producing die-cast replicas and vehicle model kits featuring the General Lee with the confederate flag on its roof–as it was seen in the TV series. We have elected to cease the licensing of these product categories," the company said in a statement to Yahoo News on Tuesday.

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South Carolina state Rep. William Chumley (R) on Wednesday apologized for comments he made suggesting that the victims in the Charleston shooting may have been able to do more to defend themselves.

"These people sat in there, and waited their turn to be shot," Chumley told CNN in a Tuesday interview. "That’s sad. But somebody in there with the means of self defense could have stopped this. And we’d have had less funerals than we’re having."

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