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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

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Monday suggested that the Veterans Affairs hospital backlogs and secret waiting lists may be "death panels."

"It's simply unconscionable," Limbaugh said on his show about the VA waiting lists. "So you have to ask, the natural assumption is that nobody wants these people to die, even if you add the death panel component, nobody wants these people to die, yet they are. At the very least what we're dealing with here is a total inability to deal with this. And at worst it's the death panel being done on purpose."

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CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker on Monday said that the network probably won't be covering the House select committee to investigate Benghazi.

"We're not going to be shamed into it by others who have political beliefs that want to try to have temper tantrums to shame other news organizations into covering something," he said when asked if CNN would cover the committee during an interview at a Deadline Club dinner, as recorded by Capital New York. "If it's of real news value, we'll cover it."

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After the the Mesa, Ariz. high school yearbook devoted two pages to teen parents, some school parents complained about the message the school was sending to their kids.

“It makes it look cute," parent Shelly Adams told 12 News. "And it's wonderful that they're still in school and they're trying to finish up their education, but at the same time, it doesn't really convey the reality of what they are going through."

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A Florida GOP lawmaker on said in a March speech that officials hired to implement Common Core standards will turn kids gay, Think Progress reported on Monday.

During a speech at the Operation Education Conference in Orlando, state Rep. Charles Van Zant (R) warned attendees against American Institutes for Research, which Florida has hired to create state testing based on Common Core standards.

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A federal judge on Monday ruled that Utah must recognize the marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples before the Supreme Court issued a stay on the December ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

"These legal uncertainties and lost rights cause harm each day that the marriage is not recognized," Judge Dale Kimball wrote in his opinion, according to the Associated Press.

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The sudden firing of New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson ignited a media firestorm, but Ira Glass was apparently unfazed.

After the Peabody Awards on Monday, New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer blog asked Glass, the host and producer of the radio show "This American Life," about Abramson's dismissal from the Times, which was the first he had heard of the news.

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