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.

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White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Wednesday morning defended President Obama's comments about Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) during the Democrats' feud over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, arguing that Obama's remarks about Warren were not sexist.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on Tuesday said that Obama's comments about Warren's criticisms of the trade deal were "disrespectful" and said that the President would not have referred to Warren by her first name if she were "a male senator."

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday night said that the decline in Americans who identify as Christians signals that the United States "is in trouble" and placed some blame for this decline on the "rap industry" and "pernicious entertainment."

According to a Pew study released on Tuesday, between 2007 and 2014, the number of Americans who identify as Christian has fallen from 78 percent to about 71 percent of the population, while the number of Americans who do not identify with a religion grew from 16 percent to about 23 percent of the population.

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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said on Tuesday that President Obama's comments about Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-MA) opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal were "disrespectful" and suggested that the President would not have responded in the same way to a male senator.

Over the past few weeks, Obama and Warren have dueled over the trade deal the U.S. is negotiating with 11 Pacific countries. In an interview that aired on Saturday, Obama said that Warren's claims that the trade deal could undermine U.S. financial regulations are "absolutely wrong."

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The Texas state House on Monday passed a bill that would add a label to the insurance cards of individuals who purchased health insurance plans via an exchange established through Obamacare.

After the bill cleared an initial vote in the House last week, legislators voted 129-8 to approve the bill in a final vote on Monday, according to the Texas House clerk's office.

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Michigan state Sen. Virgil Smith (D) reportedly shot at his ex-wife's car while naked early Sunday morning, according to a police report obtained on Monday by the Detroit News.

According to the police report, Smith was arrested on Sunday for assault with intent to commit murder and aggravated assault, but the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office asked the police to investigate the incident further before deciding on charges. Police Chief James Craig said he expected charges of aggravated assault with a gun and destruction of property against Smith, according to the Detroit News.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said that while he opposes President Obama's use of executive actions to let some undocumented immigrants remain in the country legally, he would reverse the President's actions by incorporating them into comprehensive reform.

During a discussion on immigration reform with Fox News' Megyn Kelly that aired on Monday night, Bush said he understood "why people are upset when Barack Obama, with the stroke of a pen, through executive actions, takes unconstitutional actions."

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The attorney for Matthew Apperson, the man who shot at George Zimmerman in Lake Mary, Fla., on Monday, said that Apperson fired a shot in self-defense.

Police said on Monday that they have not arrested Apperson. A third party called the police on behalf of Apperson to report the shooting, and Zimmerman called 911 shortly after the incident as well. Lake Mary Police spokeswoman Bianca Gillett said that it did not appear that Zimmerman had fired any shots.

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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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