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

Rush Limbaugh is always quick to label news a convenient distraction from the real issue at hand, and the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet crash on Thursday was no exception.

"I don't want appear to be callous here, folks, but you talk about an opportunity to abandon the Obama news at the border?" Limbaugh said on his radio show Thursday. "And, no, I'm not suggesting anything other than how the media operates."

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The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday rejected state Sen. Chris McDaniel's (R) petition filed against the Harrison County clerk in order to gain access to all election records from the U.S. Senate primary runoff.

McDaniel demanded "access to and full examination of all the original election materials," including poll books.

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Mississippi police have questioned a fifth person who may be connected to the break-in at the nursing home of Sen. Thad Cochran's (R) wife, according to the Madison County Journal.

Elaine Vechorik, who has been linked to state Sen. Chris McDaniel's (R) campaign challenging Cochran, was originally considered as a suspect in the investigation and was questioned recently about her connection to the four men charged in the case.

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Paul McLeod, the owner of an Elvis Presley attraction in Holly Springs, Miss., was found dead on the front porch of his home-turned-museum on Thursday morning, less than two days after he shot and killed a man during an altercation just inside his home Tuesday evening, according to the Daily Journal.

McLeod's cause of death wasn't immediately apparent to the police. Marshall County Coroner Richard Anderson told the Daily Journal that there were no signs of trauma, but that he had yet to complete an autopsy.

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