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 Drudge Report on Wednesday pondered whether Pope Francis, who has recently fallen out of favor with some conservatives, is actually the "antichrist," noting that the pope's "stand on homosexuality, Islam, capitalism, and the New World Order" fuel chatter.

Drudge links to an article on Charisma News explaining, "Why So Many People Think Pope Francis Is the Antichrist." The post asks whether Francis' role as antichrist signifies the second coming of Christ.

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Three conservative members of the Jefferson County school board in Colorado may face consequences for seeking unpopular changes to the AP U.S. History course last year.

Critics of the school board on Tuesday submitted more than double the number of petition signatures needed to order recall votes for three members of the school board in the November election, according to the Denver Post.

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A Florida judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the parents of George Zimmerman against comedian Roseanne Barr for causing emotional harm and violating their privacy.

In the lawsuit, Gladys and Robert Zimmerman Sr. protested tweets published by Barr after the death of Trayvon Martin, including a retweet with the address for the Zimmermans' home in Lake Mary, Fla., according to the Orlando Sentinel.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on Monday night slammed the lawyer for Donald Trump who claimed that legally, a man cannot rape his wife, comparing him to former Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), the politician known for his claim about "legitimate rape" in the 2012 election.

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Micahel Cohen, a special counsel to Donald Trump, apologized on Tuesday for comments about marital rape that he made while defending his boss from allegations that Donald Trump sexually assaulted his ex-wife.

"As an attorney, husband and father there are many injustices that offend me but nothing more than charges of rape or racism. They hit me at my core. Rarely am I surprised by the press, but the gall of this particular reporter to make such a reprehensible and false allegation against Mr. Trump truly stunned me," Cohen said in a statement to CNN. "In my moment of shock and anger, I made an inarticulate comment - which I do not believe -- and which I apologize for entirely."

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Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer on Monday night condemned former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's (R) "outrageous comments" comparing the Iran nuclear deal to the Holocaust and said that Huckabee's statements reminded him of the "incitement" that led to the assassination of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

"There are serious issues to be debated here but for anybody to equate what the president’s doing to what Adolph Hitler did in World War II is just extraordinary. And in some ways it’s a form of incitement, and we’ve seen the results of that 20 years ago in Israel. There was the same kind of incitement against Yitzhak Rabin and that led to a tragic outcome," Kurtzer, who served as ambassador under President George W. Bush, said on MSNBC's "All In With Chris Hayes."

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Donald Trump's ex-wife, Ivana Trump, came to his defense on Tuesday after The Daily Beast resurfaced a decades-old deposition in which she reportedly accused the billionaire real estate mogul of sexually assaulting her.

The Beast dredged up an account of the deposition that was published in the 1993 book "Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump." The Beast brought up the incident after the now-presidential candidate made remarks describing Mexican immigrants as "rapists" and drug runners.

According to the book, Ivana said in the deposition that Trump assaulted her during a confrontation in 1989, pulling out her hair and then forcibly penetrating her. Donald Trump denied Ivana's claims about the assault. And Ivana later gave a statement saying that she "felt violated" but did "not want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense," according to the Daily Beast.

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