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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

Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said that the U.S. is "at war" with ISIS, signaling a terminology shift in the the administration's description of its mission to defeat the Islamic State.

Though he said that the country is at war, Kerry said that the exact words used to discuss the efforts don't matter.

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The Colorado state school board did not take up a resolution to denounce the AP U.S. History course framework and instead held a debate on the new exam during a Wednesday meeting, according to Chalkbeat Colorado.

After national Republicans decried the "radically revisionist view of American history" in the new framework, Paul Lundeen, the Republican chair of the Colorado Board of Education proposed a resolution bashing the exam. The resolution would have also asked the College Board to delay the new exam for a year.

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Though many in the GOP are less than thrilled about Terri Lynn Land's decision not to debate her Democratic opponent in the Michigan Senate race, one Michigan Republican with a tendency for offensive statements said he's fine with Land's under-the-radar campaign.

Dave Agema, a Republican National Committeeman who has called gay people "filthy" and compared being gay to alcoholism, said that he just hopes Land wins.

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Someone threw a Molotov cocktail through the window of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver's (D-MO) Kansas City, Mo. office early Thursday morning, police told KCTV.

Police responded to a security alarm around 3 a.m. and found that a window was smashed. On the ground below the window police said they found two broken bottles with paper towels in them that looked like Molotov cocktails, according to KCTV. The officers also smelled of lighter fluid.

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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) thinks the government may be plotting to reduce America's fossil fuel use under the cover of new safety regulations for trains carrying crude oil.

The Transportation Department proposed new regulations on Tuesday that would make it illegal for trains transporting oil to be left unattended. Federal officials drafted the rules after a train left unattended in Canada derailed in July 2013.

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A Missouri state lawmaker suing the federal government over Obamacare's birth control mandate says that the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision strengthens his case.

State Rep. Paul Wieland (R, pictured) believes that the state insurance plan his family is on violates his Catholic beliefs by covering birth control, and he wants an exemption so that his plan will not pay for birth control for his three daughters.

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