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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

Now that the Department of Justice has announced that it will not seek charges against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, Michael Brown's family will file a civil wrongful death lawsuit, according to the family's lawyer.

Anthony Gray, the Brown family's lawyer, said on Thursday morning that he would be filing a lawsuit "shortly."

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Ferguson Mayor James Knowles on Wednesday said that the city had fired one official and was investigating two others after the Justice Department uncovered numerous racist messages sent on city email accounts.

During its investigation into the Ferguson Police Department, the Justice Department found numerous racially charged emails sent by city officials. Knowles said that the emails were sent by the three individuals.

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The Department of Justice issued a report on Wednesday detailing what it alleged was the Ferguson Police Department's pattern of racial bias and violations of people's Constitutional rights.

Shortly after the release, Attorney General Eric Holder held a news conference in which he said the police had created a "highly toxic environment" for the residents of Ferguson, especially for blacks.

"These policing practices disproportionately harm African American residents," Holder said, according to prepared remarks from the news conference. "In fact, our review of the evidence found no alternative explanation for the disproportionate impact on African American residents other than implicit and explicit racial bias."

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Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday said that while the Justice Department cleared Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson of any civil rights violations in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown, Holder understands why the city of Ferguson reacted to the death with widespread protests.

"It is not difficult to imagine how a single tragic incident set off the city of Ferguson like a powder keg," Holder said at a news conference detailing the Justice Department's investigations into Brown's death and the Ferguson Police Department's conduct.

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Following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress on Tuesday, conservatives lauded the Prime Minister, comparing him to Winston Churchill.

"Prime Minister Netanyahu is a Churchill in a world full of Chamberlains and I'm disappointed with President Obama's refusal to listen. Israel is an oasis of liberty in a dangerous neighborhood full of dictators, and we should open our ears to his warnings," potential 2016 candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) said in a statement following Netanyahu's address.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) apologized on Tuesday for what he called "a very poor attempt at humor" when he made a reference to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's "surgeries" while criticizing her response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech.

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Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) on Tuesday bashed the "fear-mongering tactics" in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress.

Yarmuth, who did not attend the speech, said on Fox News that it was inappropriate for Netanyahu to deliver a speech "aimed at his own political dilemma" and one that raised fears about Iran's nuclear capabilities.

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Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who did not attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress, railed against House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Tuesday for inviting Netanyahu to speak before Congress.

"That the Speaker of the House of Representatives would allow the floor of this chamber to be used to undercut the negotiations of the President of the United States is partisan, and it is not right," Lewis said during a press conference following the speech. "The Speaker's action is an affront to the President of the United States, to the Democratic leadership of Congress, and the Department of State."

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