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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

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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The Utah state Board of Education on Thursday put new science standards on hold due to concerns over local input and topics like climate change, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The school board's Standards and Assessment Committee had planned to release the new standards this month to the public for review. However, the committee instead sent them back to the State Office of Education, which drafted the standards.

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NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke met with NBC executives on Sunday at his house to discuss how to handle the growing questions about news anchor Brian Williams, Politico Playbook reported.

Last week, the news anchor admitted his story about being on board a helicopter that took fire during the 2003 invasion of Iraq was false.

Since then, additional versions of his Iraq story surfaced, revealing that the newsman had embellished the story over the course of a decade. The NBC "Nightly News" anchor on then took himself off air temporarily and cancelled his upcoming appearance on CBS' "The Late Show with David Letterman."

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NBC News anchor Brian Williams has told different versions of a story about his experience on board a helicopter in 2006 during the war between Israel and Hezbollah, adding more questions about his reporting after he admitted embellishing a tale about the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

During a 2007 video interview with a Fairfield University student, Williams recalled "the war with Hezbollah in Israel a few years back, where there were Katyusha rockets passing just underneath the helicopter I was riding in."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday blasted President Obama's economic policy, claiming that the economy has only improved for the rich.

ABC's George Stephanopoulos asked Cruz what he would say to potential 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton if she claimed Democrats fixed an economy destroyed by Republicans.

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