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. Ted Cruz (R-TX) cracked a couple gun rights jokes on the campaign trail last week, just a few days after the mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston that left nine dead.

"You know the great thing about the state of Iowa is, I'm pretty sure you all define gun control the same way we do in Texas -- hitting what you aim at," Cruz said at a town hall event in Iowa, according to the Huffington Post.

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"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace on Sunday pressed former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on his decision not to embrace Obamacare.

Wallace noted that Texas had the highest uninsured rate in the country.

"More than 1 in 5 Texans didn’t have health coverage," Wallace noted. "And yet, you refused to set up a state exchange under Obamacare, you refused to expand Medicaid. I mean, is that looking out for the little guy, when 21 percent of Texans didn’t have health insurance?"

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday expressed his sorrow for victims of the Wednesday shooting at a Charleston church, but said that gun control laws could not have prevented the attack.

"This type of conduct is something that only our display of our own love and good faith that’s in our heart can change. Laws can’t change this," he said at the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference in Washington D.C. "Only the goodwill and the love of the American people can let those folks know that that act was unacceptable, disgraceful, that we need to do more to show that we love each other."

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Authorities on Thursday arrested the suspect in the fatal shooting at a church in Charleston, S.C., after a florist in North Carolina spotted the suspect's car on her drive to work.

The suspect, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, was arrested in Shelby, N.C. on Thursday morning, and he now awaits a bond hearing in Charleston.

Debbie Dills saw what she believed was the suspect's car while driving toward Kings Mountain, N.C. She pulled over and called a friend, Todd Frady, who then called the Kings Mountain police, according to NBC News.

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A vigil for the victims of the deadly shooting at a Charleston church was evacuated on Thursday due to a bomb threat, according to news reports.

The vigil was being held at the Morris Brown AME Church in Charleston. Numerous lawmakers attended the vigil, including South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R), U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, and North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey.

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Charleston's Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, The Post and Courier, apologized on Thursday for running an ad for a gun shop on some of its papers Thursday morning, along with a headline about the shooting at a church that left nine people dead.

"The front-page sticky note that was attached to some home delivery newspapers on the same day as this tragedy is a deeply regrettable coincidence. We apologize to those who were offended," the paper wrote on Facebook in response to a complaint.

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