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 judge on Friday granted the St. Louis Zoo a restraining order against a gun rights activist planning a march at the zoo on Saturday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Jeffry Smith, who organized an open carry march in downtown St. Louis last year, said he planned on carrying firearms into the zoo on Saturday in order to protest the zoo's policy banning weapons. He invited others to join him on the gun rights demonstration and created a Facebook event for the protest.

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Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), one of the Senate's most vocal climate change deniers, on Thursday dismissed Pope Francis' decision to address climate change in an upcoming encyclical.

"Everyone is going to ride the pope now. Isn’t that wonderful,” Inhofe said when asked about the pontiff's views at the Heartland Institute's climate conference, according to The Guardian. “The pope ought to stay with his job, and let us stay with ours.”

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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on Friday said that the organization would respect the privacy of the Spokane NAACP chapter president, who has reportedly been pretending to be black.

"NAACP Spokane Washington Branch President Rachel Dolezal is enduring a legal issue with her family, and we respect her privacy in this matter. One’s racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for NAACP leadership. The NAACP Alaska-Oregon-Washington State Conference stands behind Ms. Dolezal’s advocacy record," the statement reads.

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A Texas teacher was fired on Thursday over a controversial Facebook post in which she said that black people should be "segregated" in response to the resignation of Texas police officer Eric Casebolt, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

Karen Fitzgibbons, an elementary school teacher in the Frenship Independent School District, wrote on Facebook that she did not think Casebolt needed to resign after a video showed him slamming a black 15-year-old girl to the ground and pointing a gun at teenagers at a community pool in McKinney, Texas, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

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Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) suspended his presidential campaign on Thursday after his son-in-law suffered a stroke, according to the New York Times.

His son-in-law, Dr. David Levy, was hospitalized on Tuesday after he suffered a stroke on a Seattle-bound flight from Chicago, according to a statement from the Pataki campaign. The plane was diverted to Fargo, N.D., where Levy was hospitalized. He will be transported to Rush University Medical Center in Chicago on Thursday, where he will remain in intensive care.

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A white woman accused of making racist comments that sparked a fight at a community pool in McKinney, Texas, last week has been placed on administrative leave at her job at CoreLogic.

"CoreLogic does not condone violence, discrimination or harassment and takes conduct that is inconsistent with our values and expectations very seriously," the technology and data analysis company said in a Tuesday statement to the Dallas Morning News. "As a result of these pending allegations, we have placed the employee in question on administrative leave while further investigations take place."

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Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Wednesday night lashed out at the liberal media for covering comments she made on Monday about the black teenage girl slammed to the ground by a McKinney, Texas, police officer.

After viewing the video of Officer Eric Casebolt, Kelly said his treatment of the teen was "brutal," but also commented that the "girl was no saint either" because she lingered when the officer told her to keep walking.

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The attorney for former McKinney police officer Eric Casebolt on Wednesday said that "he apologizes to all who were offended" by his actions while responding to a complaint at a pool party in McKinney, Texas.

Attorney Jane Bushkin said that Casebolt "regrets" that his actions reflected poorly on the McKinney Police Department.

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