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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 Howie Carr on Thursday grilled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on his proposed cuts to the social security program, and the debate quickly devolved into a shouting match.

Carr began the interview by telling Christie that he's concerned about "illegal aliens" getting social security benefits. Christie assured Carr that he would roll back President Obama's executive actions on immigration if he were elected president.

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The FBI sent a bulletin to the Garland, Texas, police three hours before the shooting at the Muhammad cartoon contest, warning law enforcement that one suspect may travel to the event, FBI director James Comey told reporters on Thursday.

Comey said that Elton Simpson, one of the two gunmen in the attack in Garland, mentioned the cartoon contest on Twitter as early as April 23, according to the New York Times.

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Comedian Stephen Colbert on Thursday announced that he would arrange to fund all 1,000 grant requests submitted by South Carolina public school teachers on the crowd funding website DonorsChoose.org, according to the The Greenville News.

Colbert, along with Share Fair Nation and ScanSource, will donate a total of $800,000 to fund the requests. Colbert used the proceeds from selling his old "Colbert Report" set to fund some of the grants, and the two groups matched his donation to fund the grants.

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Investigators have not yet found a direct link between the Islamic State and the gunmen who opened fire on officers outside a Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, on Sunday, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

Law enforcement officials told the LA Times that although it appears that the suspects, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, were influenced by foreign terrorist groups, investigators do "not at this point" believe that the Islamic State or another group directed the gunmen to carry out the attack.

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Wednesday said that President Obama's only goal is to push the U.S. "toward the ideology of Karl Marx."

While discussing Obama's executive actions on immigration with Glenn Beck, King said that if the President "defies" a court ruling against his actions, it will move "him into emperor status."

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Presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Wednesday scolded some of his former colleagues at Fox News for denouncing Pam Geller and the Muhammad cartoon contest she held in Garland, Texas.

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly criticized Geller for holding such a provocative event and said he would have done it "another way." And Fox host Greta Van Susteren said the cartoon contest "recklessly" put police lives in danger.

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Some Republicans in Tennessee are not too pleased with Americans for Prosperity's attempts to tank a bill that would have expanded Medicaid in the state.

According to The Tennessean, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a group funded by the Koch brothers, targeted multiple Republicans with mailers and put out a 60-second spot attacking Republican state Rep. Kevin Brooks' stance on the bill.

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