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

When Oklahoma state Rep. Dan Fisher (R) first introduced his bill to eliminate funding for AP U.S. History in Oklahoma, he included the Mecklenburg Declaration among documents of "historical significance" that students must read in American History class.

The document is not listed in the version of the bill approved by the Oklahoma House Common Education Committee on Monday, perhaps because historians dispute the document's origins.

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The White House announced on Tuesday that 11.4 million people signed up or re-enrolled in health insurance through the federal exchange during the 2015 enrollment period.

On the last day of the enrollment period, on Feb. 15, HealthCare.gov saw its biggest enrollment day ever for new users.

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Soon after Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore ordered Alabama probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a Mississippi Ku Klux Klan group issued a "call to arms" supporting Moore.

"The Mississippi Klan salutes Alabama's chief justice Roy Moore, for refusing to bow to the yoke of Federal tyranny. The Feds have no authority over individual States marriage laws," the United Dixie White Knights' Imperial Wizard, Brent Waller wrote, wrote in a post on the group's website and on the white supremacist forum Stormfront.

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An Oklahoma House committee on Monday approved a bill taking aim at the new AP U.S. History framework, which conservatives have decried as unpatriotic and negative, the Tulsa World reported.

State Rep. Dan Fisher (R) introduced a bill at the beginning of the month that keeps the state from funding AP U.S. History unless the College Board changes the curriculum. The bill also orders the state Department of Education to establish a U.S. History program that would replace the AP course.

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After Mississippi lawmakers criticized Republican state Rep. Gene Alday's remarks about "welfare crazy checks" for blacks, Alday insisted that his remarks were taken out of context.

"I'm not a bad person, and that makes me look like an evil person," Alday (pictured right) told the Clarion-Ledger on Monday about his previous interview with the paper. "I didn't do anything wrong. The guy made me look like a fool."

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Sunday said that Republicans cannot shut down the Department of Homeland Security over President Barack Obama's executive actions.

The House in January passed a bill that would fund the department and overturn Obama's actions deferring the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants. If the Senate does not pass the House by Feb. 27, the Department of Homeland Security will shutdown, and the Senate may not act in time to keep the department open.

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