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 Kentucky police officer has filed a lawsuit against a gun store after he accidentally shot his finger off with a loaded handgun given to him by the store clerk.

Officer Darrell Smith asked a clerk at Barren Outdoors to see a .380 caliber handgun in March, according to WKBO-TV. Smith examined the gun and cocked it, not realizing it was loaded. He then accidentally shot part of his index finger off.

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White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Monday conceded that the White House should have sent a more senior American official to the Unity rally in Paris.

"Some have asked whether or not the United States should have sent someone with a higher profile than the ambassador to France. And I think it's fair to say that we should have sent someone with a higher profile to be there," Earnest said at the White House press briefing.

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The Texas police officer fired for using a Taser on a 76-year-old man will appeal the Victoria Police Department's decision to terminate him, according to the Victoria Advocate.

The officer's lawyer, Greg Cagle, doesn't believe the he violated department policy or the law.

"It came at a bad time in the country - the timing of it was bad, but clearly the stop was legal, the detention was lawful, the request for the guy to stand there was a lawful, legal request, and then his resistance was a basis for him to be arrested," he said.

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The North Carolina school board on Thursday encouraged teachers to use multiple sources when teaching American history, not just the curriculum written by a Koch-funded group.

In December, the state approved a curriculum for a new history course on the "Founding Principles." The state hired the Virginia-based Bill of Rights Institute, which is funded in part by the conservative Koch brothers, to write a curriculum for the course.

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"Fox and Friends" co-host Tucker Carlson on Sunday wondered if countries should change their immigration policies to keep potential terrorists out of the country.

"Will someone somewhere make the obvious point that perhaps France is having these problems because it has the largest Muslim population in Europe as a result of its immigration policies?" he asked. "Is it time to re-think immigration policies in Europe and, by the way, also here in North America, to pay attention to the country of origin? Is it a good idea to let a lot of people from countries where violent Islamism is rife come to this country? What do we get out of it?”

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Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday said that the Justice Department has not yet decided whether to bring charges against former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus.

"The determination has yet to be made. And we will just see how things play out before any final decision is made," Holder said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

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