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

After five law enforcement officers were killed when snipers opened fire on police at the scene of a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas on Thursday night, the organizers of the protest condemned the violence.

Gunshots rang out as the protest, scheduled to last two hours, was wrapping up around 9 p.m. CT. It had been peaceful to that point, and the Dallas Police Department had been tweeting photos from the scene, including pictures of officers posing with protestors.

Dominique Alexander, the president of the Next Generation Action Network, told NPR in a statement that the group "does not condone violence against any human being, and we condemn anyone who wants to commit violence."

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On Thursday night, snipers opened fire on police officers at the scene of a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, killing five law enforcement officers and leaving several others injured.

As of Friday morning, one suspect was killed when officers detonated a bomb near the suspect. Officers turned to the bomb after negotiations with the suspect broke down and a gunfire exchange broke out, police said. hree suspects were reporrtedly in custody, though police would not confirm a number or provide any details about other suspects

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Throughout his testimony Thursday before the House oversight committee, FBI Director James Comey defended his decision not to recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton arising from her use of a private email server. But he also gave House Republicans some material to work with in attacking Clinton and the way she handled classified information as secretary of state.

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During the House oversight hearing with FBI Director James Comey on Thursday, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) suggested that the FBI launch an investigation into the people who sent classified information to Hillary Clinton over email.

Comey told Massie that in some of the cases where classified information wound up on Clinton's private server, staff had forwarded the information in a chain of emails until it eventually reached Clinton herself.

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on Thursday morning quizzed FBI Director James Comey on whether Hillary Clinton lied about her email use and told Comey that he would like the FBI to review Clinton's testimony to Congress.

During his line of questioning with Comey, Chaffetz first attempted to establish whether Clinton received classified information on her private email server. Comey confirmed that she did, which he had already spelled out in his Tuesday statement.

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FBI Director James Comey opened his Thursday testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee with a fierce defense of his decision not to recommend prosecuting Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information.

"I hope at the end of the day, people can disagree, can agree, but they will at least understand that the decision was made and the recommendation was made the way you would want it to be, by people who didn't give a hoot about politics, but who cared about what are the facts, what is the law, and how have similar people, all people, been treated in the past," Comey said.

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Now that he has decided to run for re-election, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) will not attend the GOP national convention in Cleveland.

"Florida has always been a competitive state, and it will be this fall. Marco had planned to go to the convention before he decided to seek reelection. Since Marco got into the race late, he will be in Florida campaigning and meeting with voters instead of going to Ohio," Rubio spokeswoman Oliva Perez-Cubas wrote in an email statement to Politico on Wednesday.

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