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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

The Texas judge hearing True the Vote's lawsuit over access to poll books from the U.S. Senate runoff primary in Mississippi questioned the group's motives for suing Mississippi officials, according to the Clarion-Ledger.

True the Vote, a Tea-Party aligned group focused on voter fraud, says it was denied access to records in nine counties, prompting the organization to sue the Mississippi secretary of State and state Republican Party.

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A United Nations official claims that the militant Islamist group ISIS has ordered all women between the age of 11 and 46 in Mosul, Iraq to undergo female genital mutilation, according to the BBC.

However, some reporters dispute the UN's account. Shiraz Maher, a Senior Fellow at King’s College London, told the Independent that the order reviewed by the UN is likely a fake distributed by a group opposing ISIS.

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The owner of a Mississippi comic book store was pretty ticked off that Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel's (R) campaign bus took up five parking spaces in his lot Wednesday morning.

Barry Herring, owner of Southern Fried Comics in Hattiesburg, Miss., told the Clarion-Ledger that he arrived to his store to see the bus there for no apparent reason. He tweeted out a picture:

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday accused President Obama of using the Federal Aviation Administration to boycott Israel after the FAA extended its ban on U.S. flights to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport, citing safety concerns for travelers.

"The facts suggest that President Obama has just used a federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel, in order to try to force our ally to comply with his foreign-policy demands," Cruz said in a statement, arguing that the flight ban would have a negative impact on Israel's tourism industry.

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A woman was arrested on Tuesday after she allegedly pulled out a gun when asked to slow down in a Rutherford County, Tenn. Wal-Mart parking lot, according to WGNS News.

Angela Scruggs told police that after a man in the parking lot told her to "stop speeding," she put her .22 caliber handgun on her lap. She said that the man who yelled for her to slow down approached her with his hands in his pocket, prompting her to get her gun.

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Anti-immigrant activist William Gheen this month said that the increase of undocumented immigrants crossing the border into the U.S. is more dangerous than an al Qaeda attack.

In an interview on the Tea Party News Network, host Larry Altman asked Gheen how many undocumented immigrants might be "affiliated with Al Qaeda."

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The Riverside County, Calif. sheriff's department found a body believed to be the suspect in multiple shootings in California, NBC Southern California reported.

Authorities were searching for a suspect who was wearing body armor and carrying an AR-15 who they believed was responsible for shooting a deputy. Investigators also believed the same shooter may have been linked to two other deaths in the area.

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Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) on Wednesday put a C-SPAN caller in his place after he asked the congressman to defend President Obama from a laundry list of scandals coveted by conservatives.

The caller rattled off a list including Benghazi, the IRS scandal, NSA surveillance, Fast and Furious and the Veterans Affairs scandal. He also asked Himes to address the theory that Obama was responsible for the 2013 federal government shutdown, not Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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