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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 leaders of nine Indiana businesses on Monday wrote a letter to the state's Republican leaders urging them to make sure the new religious freedom law does not allow discrimination.

The chief executive officers of Angie's List, Anthem, Cummins, Dow AgroSciences, Eli Lilly and Co., Emmis Communications, IU Health, Roche Diagnostics and Salesforce Marketing signed the letter.

They wrote to Gov. Mike Pence (R), as well as the state Senate and House GOP leaders, that they were "deeply concerned" about the impact the new law would have on employees and the state's reputation, according to a copy of the letter obtained by WTHR-TV.

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Republicans believe that President Obama poses a greater imminent threat to the United States than Russian President Vladimir Putin or Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday.

When asked which individuals, countries, and organizations posed an imminent threat to the U.S., 34 percent of Republicans said that Obama was an imminent threat, while just 25 percent said Putin was an imminent threat and 23 percent said Assad was an imminent threat.

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The Miami Beach city commissioner on Friday lamented the lack of support the southern, coastal city has received from the Florida legislature in addressing the impacts of climate change and rising sea levels.

"We send our lobbyists to Tallahassee and beg for every little bit we can…but we’re not getting help from anybody else," Commissioner Michael Grieco said at a sea level rise summit, according to Fusion. "Some people in Tallahassee don’t want to deal with realities."

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Sunday defended his invitation for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress ahead of the Israeli elections and criticized the way the Obama administration has treated Netanyahu.

"I think the animosity exhibited by our administration toward the prime minister of Israel is reprehensible. And I think that the pressure that they've put on him over the last four or five years have frankly pushed him to the point where he had to speak up," Boehner said on CNN's "State of the Union." "I don't blame him at all for speaking up."

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Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in a Sunday op-ed that he opposes religious freedom laws like the legislation recently passed in Indiana, and argued that the bills are veiled efforts to discriminate.

"There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country," he wrote in a Washington Post op-ed. "A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors."

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Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) on Thursday introduced an amendment to keep the federal government from prohibiting the use of terms related to climate science, taking a subtle hit at the Florida government's alleged ban on employees using terms like "climate change."

"We have all read news reports — at the state level, at the local level, maybe even at the federal level — that indeed some folks are trying to muzzle scientists from speaking about the science involving the oceans, the atmosphere, climate, and the weather," Nelson said in a floor speech introducing the amendment, as highlighted by National Journal.

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Conservative radio host Mark Levin on Thursday said that President Obama is the "greatest threat" to Jews in Israel "since the 1930s."

"Barack Obama, as a result of this and the other things he’s doing, including arming up the Islamonazis in Tehran, is the greatest threat the Jews face — not in this country but in Israel — since the 1930s," he said on "The Mark Levin Show."

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President Obama recently interviewed HBO's "The Wire" creator David Simon about the show and Simon's view on how drugs impact cities like Baltimore.

"I’m a huge fan of ‘The Wire.’ I think it’s one of the greatest, not just television shows, but pieces of art in the last couple of decades," Obama began the interview published by the White House on Thursday.

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