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.

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The Ferguson City Council will have three black members for the first time in the city's history, now that voters elected two new black members to the council on Tuesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Ella Jones (pictured above), chair of Ferguson's Human Rights commission, and Wesley Bell, a Velda City municipal court judge, won their races in wards one and three, respectively. Jones and Bell will join Dwayne James, the only black member of the Ferguson City Council before Tuesday's election.

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The brother of Walter Scott, the unarmed black man allegedly shot and killed on Saturday by a white South Carolina police officer, spoke about his brother's death at a Tuesday press conference about the incident.

"I don’t think that all police officers are bad cops, but there are some bad ones out there. And I don’t want to see anyone get shot down the way my brother got shot down," Anthony Scott said, according to video posted by Mediaite. "Justice will be served."

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While discussing potential GOP 2015 candidates who claim they would reverse the nuclear deal with Iran if elected as president, President Obama took a jab at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R).

During an interview that aired on Tuesday, NPR's Steve Inskeep asked Obama about Walker's recent comment that he would "absolutely" withdraw from the nuclear deal "on day one" if he were elected president.

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"The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart on Monday night lambasted the state of Indiana over its controversial religious freedom law that may have allowed businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

Stewart mocked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) for defending the law by claiming that "Hoosiers don’t believe in discrimination."

"First of all, can we stop talking about the people of Indiana like they’re a lost tribe from Nostalgistan?” Stewart asked. "Let’s face it — people from Indiana are no nicer or shitier than people anywhere else."

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Monday night said that he trusts Iran more with the potential nuclear agreement than he trusts the American press.

While discussing with Fox analyst Brit Hume why he believes Congress needs to vote on the Iran nuclear agreement, O'Reilly said that the public needs to see the whole deal as soon as the U.S. reaches a final agreement with Iran. But O'Reilly would like to see the deal through the negotiators.

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The former South Carolina Republican Party official accused last month of refusing to let his wife out of his car was arrested on suspicion of criminal domestic violence on Monday, according to WIS-TV.

Todd Kincannon, an attorney who served as the executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party in 2010, allegedly got into an argument with his wife after a work function on March 26, after which he allegedly would not allow his wife to leave his car, according to a police report.

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Columbia Graduate School of Journalism Dean Steve Coll made it clear on Monday that "Jackie," the alleged victim on whom Rolling Stone relied for its story on a rape at a University of Virginia fraternity, was not to blame for the magazine's reporting failures.

"We do disagree with any suggestion that this was Jackie's fault," Coll said at a Monday press conference on the school's review of Rolling Stone's reporting, according to Politico. "As a matter of journalism this was a failure of methodology."

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The Colorado Civil Rights Division on Friday ruled that the Denver bakery that refused to decorate cake with anti-gay slurs did not discriminate against the customer's religion, according to the Associated Press.

Colorado resident Bill Jack filed a discrimination complaint in January against Azucar Bakery after the owner, Marjorie Silva (pictured above), refused to write anti-gay messages, such as "God hates gays," on a cake. She offered to bake Jack a cake with a Bible on it and provide the materials for him to write the phrases himself, but would not write the messages herself.

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