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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

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) told "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart on Thursday night that powerful corporations have made sure that every law in the United States protects the "tender fannies of the rich and the powerful."

Stewart asked Warren about corruption in U.S. government and whether it has become the norm, citing Sen. Bob Menendez's (D-NJ) recent indictment on 14 counts of corruption.

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A guest on Sean Hannity's Fox News show left the set Thursday night during a heated segment on the shooting death of unarmed black man Walter Scott.

While guest Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson told Americans to "stop overreacting" to shootings, citing the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, legal commentator Leo Terrell tried to jump in, according to a clip highlighted by Mediaite. Hannity let Peterson finish his thought.

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The state of South Carolina argued in an amicus brief filed to the Supreme Court that the framers of the Constitution did not intend to force states to allow same-sex marriage, just as they did not prohibit states from discriminating against women in the Fourteenth Amendment.

As Slate noted, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson argued in the brief that the Fourteenth Amendment, which guarantees equal protection, was only intended to ban discrimination based on race and that the authors "insisted upon leaving untouched those state laws depriving women of basic rights upon marriage to a man."

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Feidin Santana, the witness whose video led to murder charges against a South Carolina police officer, spoke out on Wednesday for the first time since the incident and said that he was so scared he thought about deleting his recording.

"I even thought about erasing the video," he said during an interview on MSNBC with Craig Melvin. "I felt that my life, with this information, might be in danger.”

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Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Wednesday night questioned whether Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was ready for the scrutiny of a presidential campaign, citing numerous recent interviews in which Paul was testy with reporters.

Paul told Kelly that "interviews are difficult," especially when they are contentious and the interviewer is "editorializing."

"I don’t think it makes for good TV on both sides. And I do lose my cool," Paul said on "The Kelly File," adding that viewers don't want to watch "yelling."

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A Ferguson court clerk fired following the Justice Department's report on city officials' conduct said on Tuesday that while she did send racist jokes in emails to her coworkers, she is not racist.

Mary Ann Twitty was one of three Ferguson city employees that the Justice Department alleged circulated racist emails from their work email accounts. One of the emails Twitty sent featured a photo of Ronald Reagan feeding a baby chimpanzee with the caption, "Rare photo of Ronald Reagan babysitting Barack Obama in early 1962."

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Wisconsin's Republican state treasurer on Tuesday successfully banned the state's Board of Commissioners of Public Lands from discussing climate change, according to Bloomberg News.

State Treasurer Matt Adamczyk (pictured above), who sits on the public land board, started trying to remove references to climate change from the board's website in January, and he resurfaced the issue on Tuesday at a board meeting.

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Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) on Tuesday said the video that appears to show a white South Carolina police officer shooting a black man in the back was "troubling" and noted that he thought the shooting was "avoidable."

"The horrific video that came to light yesterday is deeply troubling. It is clear the killing of Walter Scott was unnecessary and avoidable, and my prayers are with the Scott family as they go through this ordeal," Scott said in a Wednesday statement.

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