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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 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday ruled that it is not a crime to take photos up women's skirts on public transportation because existing law only applies photographing people nude or partially nude in private, according to MassLive.

"We conclude that (the law), as written, as the defendant suggests, is concerned with proscribing Peeping Tom voyeurism of people who are completely or partially undressed and, in particular, such voyeurism enhanced by electronic devices. (The law) does not apply to photographing (or videotaping or electronically surveilling) persons who are fully clothed and, in particular, does not reach the type of upskirting that the defendant is charged with attempting to accomplish on the MBTA," the decision reads.

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Heritage Foundation chief Jim DeMint, often considered the face of the Tea Party, on Tuesday distanced himself from the movement.

"I’m really not involved with it at all, and I'm not involved with Senate elections," DeMint told Wall Street Journal Live's Mary Kissel when she asked why Tea Party candidates were behind in primary races. "What we’re doing is trying to cultivate the right ideas."

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Tuesday said that the federal government should stay away from state bans on same-sex marriage.

"I believe in the historic and religious definition of marriage. I also believe this power belongs to the states and the people, not the federal government. It is illegitimate for the federal courts to intrude here," he told Reason when asked about a federal judge's February ruling that Kentucky must recognize gay marriages performed in other states.

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Chipotle issued a dire warning last month -- if severe weather patterns hold up, it may be forced to stop serving guacamole due to rising prices.

"Increasing weather volatility or other long-term changes in global weather patterns, including any changes associated with global climate change, could have a significant impact on the price or availability of some of our ingredients," the food chain wrote in a report released in February, according to Think Progress.

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The Washington, D.C. City Council on Tuesday passed a bill that would decriminalize marijuana possession in small amounts by a 10-to-1 vote, according to NBC Washington.

The measure replaces penalties for possessing up to one ounce of marijuana with a $25 fine. It also maintains penalties for smoking pot in public, even though an earlier version of the bill removed those penalties as well, according to NBC.

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