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 staffer for Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) resigned this weekend after he was arrested for allegedly attempting to solicit a prostitute, the Boston Globe reported on Saturday.

David Wihby, Ayotte’s state director in New Hampshire, was arrested on Friday night in Nashua, N.H., for the misdemeanor charge of soliciting a prostitute, according to the Globe.

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While defending Indiana's controversial religious freedom law, potential 2016 presidential candidate and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) questioned whether gay people should be forced to serve members of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church and quoted the group's "God Hates Fags" slogan.

Santorum told CBS' Norah O'Donnell that he wished Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) had not signed off on changes to the law that prohibit businesses from using the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to discriminate against gays and lesbians. Santorum said the original law "had better language."

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Rolling Stone retracted its story about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity on Sunday evening with the publication of an external review performed by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, but the magazine said it does not plan to fire any writer or editor involved in the story.

The report issued by Columbia found that Rolling Stone's "A Rape On Campus" was the "story of journalistic failure that was avoidable," and the review placed blame on reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely, the magazine's editors, and fact-checking department.

According to the report, Rolling Stone "set aside or rationalized" essential parts of the reporting process and did not make gaps in the storyline or shaky sourcing clear to readers. The report also concluded that Erdely should have contacted three friends of the victim, "Jackie," who could have provided details about the night of the alleged rape, and that Erdely should have worked harder to identify the alleged attacker.

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A Republican lawmaker in North Carolina pushing a bill that would lengthen the abortion waiting period in the state denied on Wednesday that her bill would restrict women's access to abortions, but also noted that the legislation would lead to fewer abortions.

The bill sponsored by state Rep. Pat McElraft (R) would lengthen the state's waiting period for abortions to 72 hours from the current 24, and would prohibit doctors at some state-funded public colleges from performing elected abortions.

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The Indiana pizzeria that was forced to close following backlash over the owners' comments on gay marriage and the Indiana religious freedom law will reopen sometime soon.

In an interview that aired this week, the owner's daughter, Chrystal O'Connor, said that Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Ind., would not cater a gay wedding due to the family's religious beliefs. Following outcry over O'Connor's comments, critics of the Indiana law flooded the pizzeria's Yelp page with negative reviews and inundated the restaurant with phone calls, pushing the owners to shut down the restaurant.

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Thursday brought on conservative pundit Ann Coulter to lament the lack of leadership by Christians in defending the Indiana religious freedom law altered by lawmakers on Thursday.

The Fox host opened "The O'Reilly Factor" by discussing the "war on Christianity." He mentioned the al-Shabab attack targeting Christians an a college on Kenya on Thursday, and then noted the "verbal attacks" on Christians in the United States.

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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said on Wednesday that he has offered relocation packages to multiple employees who have requested to be transferred out of Indiana due to the controversial religious freedom law.

"I just got an email on the way to studio from another employee who said, 'Look I don't feel comfortable living in this state anymore, you have to move me out,' and I gave him a $50,000 relocation package and said, 'Great, you're clear to go,'" Benioff told CNN on Wednesday.

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