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

In the months leading up to Tuesday's oral arguments on whether states can ban same-sex marriage, individuals, groups, and governments were able to submit briefs to the Supreme Court either defending or refuting the bans.

The Supreme Court received a record number of amicus briefs for this case, as well as briefs from the four states defending their state bans: Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee.

The governors and attorneys general from Kentucky, Ohio, and South Carolina submitted briefs with particularly bizarre arguments defending state bans on gay marriage.

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Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday night and Tuesday morning to sound off about the Baltimore riots, and what he claimed was ineffective leadership on the part of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and President Obama.

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The mayor of Baltimore and the governor of Maryland both walked off an interview with CNN's Don Lemon after he questioned whether officials were quick enough to react to violence in Baltimore in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray.

Lemon began the interview by asking the two officials why Maryland did not activate a state of emergency until Monday when the order was ready on Saturday, according to a clip highlighted by Mediaite.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), a potential presidential candidate in 2016, on Monday placed blame on the media for his low approval ratings.

During an interview with NJ101.5 radio's "Ask the Governor," Christie dismissed the hit he has taken in the polls since the Bridgegate scandal broke.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Saturday criticized Democrats for attacking religious freedom and alienating Christians in the U.S.

"Today’s Democratic Party has decided there is no room for Christians in today’s Democratic Party," Cruz said at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition summit, according to The Hill. "There is a liberal fascism that is going after Christian believers."

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During a Sunday debate on same-sex marriage on CBS' "Face the Nation," host Bob Schieffer introduced Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, as the leader of an "anti-gay hate group."

"You and your group have been so strong in coming out against this, and against gay marriage, that the Southern Poverty Law Center has branded the Family Research Council an anti-gay hate group," Schieffer told Perkins. "We have been inundated by people who say we should not even let you appear because they, in their view, quote, 'You don't speak for Christians.' Do you think you have taken this too far?"

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In an ongoing feud over a trade deal the U.S. is negotiating with Pacific nations, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Saturday criticized President Obama's recent statements about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

On Friday, Obama criticized Democrats for spreading "misinformation" about the TPP, alluding to Warren, who sent an email to supporters on Wednesday suggesting that the White House does not want the public to see the trade agreement. Obama said that criticizing the deal as "secret" was "dishonest."

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