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.

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The Phoenix-area man indicted on Tuesday for helping plan the attack on Pamela Geller's Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, also ran a wildly unpopular moving company.

Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem's day job appears to have been running Git-r-Done Moving in Phoenix, a moving service so thoroughly panned by reviewers that it has one star on Yelp. The Better Business Bureau gave the company an F. Reviewers complained strenuously on Yelp about everything from the movers overcharging customers to not showing up for moves to stealing customer items to losing one customer's dog.


"It was by far, the worst 'service' I have ever received."


Kareem, who also goes by the name Decarus Thomas, allegedly provided the two gunmen with the weapons they used to carry out the May attack and helped them practice shooting in the desert near Phoenix before the shooting. The two alleged gunman, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, were killed in a shootout with a policeman before they could enter the venue hosting the cartoon contest.

Arizona corporate records list Decarus Thomas as the owner of Git-r-Done Moving Services LLC. The Arizona Republic reported that Kareem ran a moving and carpet cleaning business. It appears that Kareem added the carpet cleaning component later, as the business is listed as Git-r-Done Moving and Cleaning Services on Yelp under the same address. It appears that Thomas also ran Five Star Moving, which shares a phone number and address with Git-r-Done.

Here are some of the lowlights from Git-r-Done's reviews on Yelp.

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Rachel Dolezal on Tuesday morning addressed reports that she has been pretending to be black for the first time since she resigned from her position as president of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

"I identify as black," she said on NBC's "The Today Show" when Matt Lauer asked if she is an African-American woman.

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Sen. Mark Kirk (R-OH) apologized on Monday for comments he made while joking about Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) status as a single presidential candidate.

"I've been joking with Lindsey. Did you see that? He's going to have a rotating first lady. He's a bro with no ho," Kirk said at a Senate Appropriations Committee markup last week, referencing Graham's recent quip that he would have a "rotating first lady" if elected president.

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Following Rachel Dolezal's decision to resign from her position as the president of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the organization's president said on Monday that the NAACP will now be able to focus on its advocacy.

"The NAACP is not concerned with the racial identity of our leadership but the institutional integrity of our advocacy. Our focus must be on issues not individuals. Ms. Rachel Dolezal has decided to resign to ensure that the Spokane branch remains focused on fighting for civil and human rights," NAACP President Cornell Brooks said in a statement. "This resignation today comes amidst the real work of the NAACP and the real challenges to our democracy."

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Rachel Dolezal, the former president of the Spokane Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), sued Howard University for discrimination in 2002, according to court documents obtained by The Smoking Gun.

Dolezal alleged that the school denied her a teaching assistant post, a post-graduate instructorship, and a scholarship because she was white, according to The Smoking Gun.

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Rachel Dolezal, the former president of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), has allegedly been helping the victim in a sexual assault case against Dolezal's biological older brother, the New York Daily News reported on Saturday.

Joshua Dolezal has been accused of four counts of felony child sexual assault in Clear Creek County, Colo., according to the Denver Post. He was arrested in March 2014 for alleged incidents dating back to July 2013, and he is scheduled to face trial in August, court documents show, according to the Denver Post.

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Rachel Dolezal on Monday stepped down from her position as president of the Spokane, Wash., chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) following accusations that she has been pretending to be black.

In a statement on the Spokane NAACP's Facebook page, Dolezal wrote that "the dialogue has unexpectedly shifted internationally to my personal identity in the context of defining race and ethnicity."

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While discussing the dysfunction at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on Friday, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) began to describe how the Islamic State would function if the terrorist organization were led by the VA's leaders.

"I was speaking before a group the other day and said it’s too bad we can’t take VA leadership and export it and give it to some of our adversaries around the planet. Let them suffer under VA's leadership," Coffman said on 850 KOA's "Colorado Morning News," according to an audio clipped posted by Buzzfeed News.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Saturday signed a bill to allow concealed handguns on college campuses, despite opposition from universities in the state, according to Austin television station KXAN.

The bill allows private universities to opt out of campus carry and allows university presidents to declare "gun free" zones on their campuses, according to KXAN. All colleges will be able to set their own rules on how firearms can be carried and where.

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