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 New York Times public editor on Wednesday said she disagreed with the paper's decision not to publish an image of Charlie Hebdo's new cover, which features a Muhammed cartoon. Margaret Sullivan said she respected the Times policy of not publishing the controversial Muhammed cartoons, but in this case she felt the news value of the cover outweighed the potential for offending readers.

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The Virginia GOP chair is working to expel Michigan Committeeman Dave Agema from the Republican National Committee's winter meeting after Agema stirred yet another controversy with a racist Facebook post.

Chairman Pat Mullins is circulating a letter urging his fellow Republicans to keep Agema out of the San Diego meeting and to boot him from the RNC for good, National Journal reported on Tuesday.

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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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