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

As lawmakers in several southern states have called for the removal of Confederate flags and other controversial symbols from state capitols and public spaces, some officials have pushed back, arguing that the symbols represent a piece of history.

Republican Tennessee state Sen. John Stevens said he does not oppose an effort to change the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, named for a Confederate general and founder of the Ku Klux Klan. Yet, Stevens wondered if renaming the park would lead the state down a "slippery slope."

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Sean Hannity suggested on Wednesday that if stores are going to stop selling Confederate flags, then perhaps they should also stop selling rap music containing the N-word.

"I have a question: can you still buy a Jay-Z CD at Walmart? Does the music department at Sears have any Ludacris albums? Can I download 50 Cent on Amazon? Can I do that? Can I get some Snoop Dogg albums on eBay?" he asked on his radio show after discussing stores that will no longer sell Confederate flags.

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Warner Bros. on Wednesday said that the company would no longer license models of "General Lee," the red Dodge Charger painted with a Confederate flag featured in the television series "The Dukes of Hazzard."

"Warner Bros. Consumer Products has one licensee producing die-cast replicas and vehicle model kits featuring the General Lee with the confederate flag on its roof–as it was seen in the TV series. We have elected to cease the licensing of these product categories," the company said in a statement to Yahoo News on Tuesday.

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South Carolina state Rep. William Chumley (R) on Wednesday apologized for comments he made suggesting that the victims in the Charleston shooting may have been able to do more to defend themselves.

"These people sat in there, and waited their turn to be shot," Chumley told CNN in a Tuesday interview. "That’s sad. But somebody in there with the means of self defense could have stopped this. And we’d have had less funerals than we’re having."

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The German car manufacturer BMW, which has a large plant in South Carolina, on Tuesday called for the state to remove the Confederate flag from the its capitol grounds.

"BMW applauds the courage of Governor Haley and supports her leadership in calling for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse," the company said in a statement to TPM.

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A South Carolina state representative, who has come out against removing the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds, suggested on Tuesday that the nine people shot in Charleston could have tried to do more to defend themselves.

"We're focusing on the wrong thing here," State Rep. William Chumley told CNN after explaining that his constituents have told him that the flag should not come down.

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While explaining his newfound support of removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina capitol grounds, Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) also expressed his frustration that the debate turned to the Confederate flag so quickly following the deadly shooting at a Charleston church.

Mulvaney said in a statement on Facebook that he was hesitant to support the removal of the flag given how quickly the debate took place.

He also said he had always viewed the compromise in 2000 that moved the Confederate flag from the capitol dome to the grounds "a high point in South Carolina politics: a time when people got together and worked through their differences in a way that all could accept with pride."

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