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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

The Nebraska Board of Education on Wednesday passed a resolution calling for the resignation of board member Pat McPherson over his controversial blog, but he refused to step down.

McPherson founded the Objective Conservative blog, which referred to President Obama as a "half-breed" numerous times. Although McPherson claims he did not write the controversial posts, he has shut down the blog.

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The Justice Department's inspector general was unable to confirm former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson's claim that a federal government agency hacked into her computer, according to the Washington Post.

In her 2014 memoir "Stonewalled," Attkisson wrote that "either the CIA, FBI, the Defense Intelligence Agency or the National Security Agency" gained access to her computer in order to spy on her.

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A Texas mother recently voiced opposition to a book about poverty she described as "Marxist," prompting a committee in Highland Park to review whether the book is appropriate for students.

Meg Bakich originally challenged "The Working Poor: Invisible in America" in December, the Dallas Morning News reported last week. In a recent interview, Bakich told online talk show "Women on the Wall" that she felt it was inappropriate for students to read about social issues in English class.

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The Boeing 747-8 will serve as the next Air Force One, the aircraft used by the president, the US Air Force announced on Wednesday.

"The presidential aircraft is one of the most visible symbols of the United States of America and the office of the president of the United States," Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said in a statement. "The Boeing 747-8 is the only aircraft manufactured in the United States (that), when fully missionized, meets the necessary capabilities established to execute the presidential support mission, while reflecting the office of the president of the United States of America consistent with the national public interest."

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Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) last week joked to radio host Dale Jackson that he should have arrested Ana Zamora, the young undocumented immigrant that Michelle Obama invited to the State of the Union as her guest.

Zamora is a beneficiary of President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, which many conservatives vehemently oppose.

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Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who has long stated that he is pro-life, wrote in a Tuesday op-ed that he has changed his mind on abortion.

Ryan said he has talked to women throughout Ohio about their experiences with pregnancy and motherhood, leading him to support pro-choice policies.

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After Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) announced on Tuesday that there were not enough votes in the state senate to pass a bill allowing residents to open carry handguns, a state gun group responded with threats.

Tarrant County Open Carry said it will not accept the lawmakers' decision to drop the bill for now and plans to identify Republican lawmakers who do not support the legislation.

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