Hhjtzrbjtu7lmqcndp9g

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

A Republican Kentucky state lawmaker and owner of a coal company last week used dubious claims about Mars to question the reality of climate change.

"I don't want get into the debate about climate change," state Sen. Brandon Smith said, according to Louisville NPR affiliate WFPL. "But I’ll simply point out that I think in academia we all agree that the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here. Nobody will dispute that. Yet there are no coal mines on Mars. There’s no factories on Mars that I'm aware of."

Read More →

The news about President Warren G. Harding's salacious letters to his mistress provided the "Harding Institute for Freedom And Democracy" with the perfect opportunity to attempt to trick the American media.

Filmmakers and satirists Eitan Gorlin and Dan Mirvish, who successfully duped MSNBC in 2008 into quoting a fake pundit, Martin Eisenstadt, run the faux think tank born along with Eisenstadt.

Read More →

This post has been updated.

After the the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force dropped its support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act over concerns the Hobby Lobby decision opened a door to abuse of the bill's religious exemption on Tuesday, additional equality groups followed suit.

The American Civil Liberties Union announced on Tuesday that it would pull its support as it is currently written, along with the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Transgender Law Center.

Read More →

This post has been updated.

Throughout his 15-year affair with Carrie Fulton Phillips, President Warren G. Harding wrote salacious love letters to his mistress, and although his family kept the steamy correspondence under wraps for years, the letters will be finally be released to the public this summer.

The Library of Congress will make the letters available to the public on July 29, but the New York Times has a sneak peek of the correspondence described as "perhaps the most sexually explicit ever by an American president."

Read More →

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force pulled its support for a Senate bill to protect LGBT people in the workplace, citing concerns over the legislation's broad religious exemption following the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, the Washington Post reported.

The group fears that the exemption in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act as it is now could be used by companies to object to the law the same way Hobby Lobby successfully objected to parts of the health care law's contraception mandate.

Read More →

A neo-Nazi from Germany's ultra-conservative National Democratic Party joined the European Union's parliament in May and on Monday took a seat on the body's Civil Rights Committee, according to Jewish World News.

Udo Voigt has praised Adolf Hitler as "a great German statesman" and once claimed that "no more than 340,000" Jews died in the Holocaust, as opposed to the 6 million figure agreed on by historians, according to the Guardian.

Read More →

House Republicans have proposed a sizable budget for their coveted Benghazi select committee and may spend more to investigate that scandal in 2014 than on the entire Veterans Affairs committee.

The House GOP has requested $3.3 million for the Benghazi committee in 2014 led by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC, pictured) — $2.2 million for Republicans serving on the committee and a little over $1 million for the Democrats, according to a document provided to USA Today by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

Read More →

A federal judge on Monday expressed skepticism over Tea Party-aligned group True the Vote's lawsuit seeking election records from the Senate primary runoff between Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R).

Judge Michael Mills issued a show cause order, demanding that the group show why they filed the lawsuit in the northern district of Mississippi, not the southern district.

Read More →

Dr. Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon and Fox News contributor, complained on Sunday that Americans who don't know about the Benghazi scandal can vote.

In an interview with World Net Daily, Carson explained that the nation's founder intended for the government to depend "on a well-informed and educated populace," and in doing so lamented that Americans weren't focused on the right scandals.

Read More →

TPMLivewire