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 Harvard Business School professor who threatened to sue a Chinese restaurant for overcharging him apologized on Wednesday.

Ben Edelman was charged $4 more than the online menu for the Sichuan Garden in Brookline advertised. After contacting the restaurant, which explained that the online menu was outdated, Edelman cited Massachusetts statute and threatened a lawsuit.

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The Harvard Business School professor who threatened to sue a Chinese restaurant over an outdated online menu may have improperly cited Massachusetts law in doing so.

Ben Edelman claims that the Sichuan Garden in Brookline overcharged him by $4 — each item Edelman purchased cost $1 more than the online menu advertised.

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A former Washington state employee has filed a lawsuit against the state alleging that her supervisor coerced her into a longterm sexual and abusive relationship, Washington television station King 5 News reported this week.

Barbara Eller, a former assistant caregiver at a school for the mentally disabled, said she was sexually assaulted by her male co-worker over seven years. The school is run by the state Department of Social and Health Services.

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The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction last week encouraged high school teachers to use a history curriculum drafted by a group funded by the conservative billionaire Koch brothers.

The state legislature passed a law in 2011 requiring public schools in the state to offer a history course on the "Founding Principles," which was based on model legislation from the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

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After the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the torture techniques used by the CIA, the hosts of Fox News' "Outnumbered" lashed out at Senate Democrats' for publicizing CIA interrogation methods.

Co-host Andrea Tantaros accused Democrats of resurfacing torture techniques that the CIA has already stopped using for political reasons.

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House conservatives pushed Republican leaders to attach a provision to the government funding bill that would let some employers opt out of covering contraception for employees.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) opposed the language and Democrats ultimately kept Republicans from including it in the funding measure, congressional sources told Politico.

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CIA Director John Brennan defended the the agency's use of enhanced interrogation techniques after the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report critical of the program on Tuesday.

"As a result of these efforts, including the many sacrifices made by CIA officers and their families, countless lives have been saved and our Homeland is more secure," Brennan said in a statement about the CIA's efforts to prevent terrorist attacks.

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