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 Garland, Texas, police did not receive a warning that Elton Simpson, one of the suspects who opened fire at a Muhammad cartoon event, was planning on attacking the event in Garland.

"We had no information from the FBI or anyone else that Elton Simpson posed a threat to our event," Garland Police Chief Mitch Bates said at a Monday press conference, according to the Dallas Morning News.

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In an ongoing fight over the deal the U.S. is negotiating with 11 Pacific countries, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) again accused President Obama of hiding the Trans-Pacific Partnership from the American public in an interview with the Washington Post published on Monday.

"The president said in his Nike speech that he’s confident that when people read the agreement for themselves, that they’ll see it’s a great deal. But the president won’t actually let people read the agreement for themselves. It’s classified," Warren said.

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Nine sheriff's deputies in Chatham County, Ga., were fired on Friday following an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation into the death of black inmate Matthew Ajibade in January.

The Chatham County Sheriff's Office said that Ajibade, who suffered from bipolar disorder, died after a deputy use a Taser on him and he was placed in isolation in a restraining chair, according to Georgia television station WTOC.

Ajibade's family alleges that a deputy used a Taser on Ajibade while he was in the restraining chair and then left him unattended, according to NBC News. Ajibade was booked and restrained by deputies after he allegedly hit his girlfriend and broke a police officer's nose.

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Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson on Sunday defended his proposal to put a flat tax rate in place, and argued that it would not place an unfair burden on poor people in the U.S.

"Now, some people say it's not fair because, you know, the poor people can't afford to pay that dollar. That's very condescending. You know, I grew up very poor. I’ve experienced every economic level. And I can tell you that poor people have pride, too. And they don't want to be just taken care of," Carson said on "Fox News Sunday." "And also, if everybody is paying, it makes it very difficult for these politicians to come along and raise taxes."

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President Obama said that Elizabeth Warren is "absolutely wrong" to claim that the trade deal the U.S. is negotiating with 11 Pacific countries could be used to undermine the financial regulations in the Dodd-Frank bill.

"Think about the logic of that, right?" Obama said during an interview with Yahoo News published on Saturday. "The notion that I had this massive fight with Wall Street to make sure that we don’t repeat what happened in 2007, 2008. And then I sign a provision that would unravel it?"

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Saturday weighed in on the shooting at a Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, while discussing how President Obama is "unwilling" to used the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism."

"We saw the ugly face of Islamic terrorism in my home state of Texas — in Garland, where two jihadists came to commit murder. Thankfully one police officer helped them meet their virgins," Cruz said.

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Saturday said some blame for the riots in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray lies with President Obama.

Following a speech at the South Carolina Freedom Summit, King was asked whether Obama should be blamed for the unrest in the city.

"I'll say yes," King told reporters, according to Bloomberg Politics. "The culture has created that because they drove that culture in Ferguson and it multiplied itself in Baltimore and across the country."

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Robert Shillman, the founder and chairman of technology company Cognex Corp, defended the Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas in an interview with Reuters published Saturday.

He praised the event's organizer, anti-Muslim activist Pam Geller, for defending freedom of speech, and he condemned the two gunmen who opened fire on officers outside her event in Garland, Texas.

"It was a terrorist attack on the American way of life," Shillman told Reuters.

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During his commencement address at Liberty University, a Christian school in Lynchburg, Va., former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Saturday slammed the Obama administration and accused the government of working against religious freedom.

"As usual, the present administration is supporting the use of coercive federal power," Bush said, according to Politico. "What should be easy calls, in favor of religious freedom, have instead become an aggressive stance against it."

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