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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 mayor of Baltimore and the governor of Maryland both walked off an interview with CNN's Don Lemon after he questioned whether officials were quick enough to react to violence in Baltimore in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray.

Lemon began the interview by asking the two officials why Maryland did not activate a state of emergency until Monday when the order was ready on Saturday, according to a clip highlighted by Mediaite.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), a potential presidential candidate in 2016, on Monday placed blame on the media for his low approval ratings.

During an interview with NJ101.5 radio's "Ask the Governor," Christie dismissed the hit he has taken in the polls since the Bridgegate scandal broke.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Saturday criticized Democrats for attacking religious freedom and alienating Christians in the U.S.

"Today’s Democratic Party has decided there is no room for Christians in today’s Democratic Party," Cruz said at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition summit, according to The Hill. "There is a liberal fascism that is going after Christian believers."

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During a Sunday debate on same-sex marriage on CBS' "Face the Nation," host Bob Schieffer introduced Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, as the leader of an "anti-gay hate group."

"You and your group have been so strong in coming out against this, and against gay marriage, that the Southern Poverty Law Center has branded the Family Research Council an anti-gay hate group," Schieffer told Perkins. "We have been inundated by people who say we should not even let you appear because they, in their view, quote, 'You don't speak for Christians.' Do you think you have taken this too far?"

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In an ongoing feud over a trade deal the U.S. is negotiating with Pacific nations, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Saturday criticized President Obama's recent statements about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

On Friday, Obama criticized Democrats for spreading "misinformation" about the TPP, alluding to Warren, who sent an email to supporters on Wednesday suggesting that the White House does not want the public to see the trade agreement. Obama said that criticizing the deal as "secret" was "dishonest."

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The NBC team investigating instances in which NBC anchor Brian Williams may have lied about his reporting have reportedly uncovered a new case in which Williams may have embellished tales about his experiences, according to the New York Times.

Unnamed sources told the Times that NBC has investigated a few times when Williams may have fabricated the facts about his reporting, including a previously unreported embellishment about events in Cairo's Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring.

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Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), who is openly gay, on Friday introduced a bill to keep Rep. Steve King (R-IA) from legislating in response to a bill introduced by King related to gay marriage.

King on Wednesday introduced the "Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act of 2015," a bill aimed at keeping federal judges from weighing in on gay marriage.

And so Polis wrote up the "Restrain Steve King from Legislating Act," which would block King from introducing legislation related to judicial authority, the Huffington Post reported.

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