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.

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Radio host Tavis Smiley on Wednesday night joined "The O'Reilly Factor" to debate the Fox News show's host, Bill O'Reilly, over police misconduct.

At the beginning of the show, O'Reilly said that with new technology, it's "easy for cop haters to demonize the entire law enforcement community," according to a clip highlighted by Mediaite. He criticized those who believe that selling illegal drugs is a nonviolent crime and said that these "insane views of the world can poison actual societies."

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The Oklahoma attorney general on Tuesday defended schools who allowed the distribution of bibles to students, claiming that religious freedom is under attack in the U.S., according to the Tulsa World.

"Few things are as sacred and as fundamental to Oklahomans as the constitutional rights of free speech and the free exercise of religion," Attorney General Scott Pruitt wrote in a letter to public school superintendents. "It is a challenging time in our country for those who believe in religious liberty. Our religious freedoms are under constant attack from a variety of groups who seek to undermine our constitutional rights and threaten our founding principles."

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Senate Republicans published a tweet on Tuesday evening honoring Abraham Lincoln on the anniversary of his assassination, but they goofed it by making it seem as though they felt "indebted" to Lincoln's assassination, not the former president himself.

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An Arizona police officer rammed into a suspect with his patrol car in February in order to stop the suspect's alleged crime spree, according to two dashcam videos released by police on Tuesday.

In one of the videos released, a gunshot can be heard as the suspect, Mario Valencia, can be seen walking on a sidewalk in Marana, Ariz.

According to CBS, Marana police said that Valencia had stolen a gun from a Walmart after allegedly robbing a convenience store, setting fire to a church, and breaking into a home and a car.

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CNN host Jake Tapper asked presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) how he can appeal to younger voters and oppose legalizing same-sex marriage.

"You are casting yourself as a candidate of a new generation. But there is an issue where you are very out of step with younger voters, even younger Republican voters," Tapper said to Rubio on "The Lead," noting that a majority of young Republicans support gay marriage. "On that issue, same-sex marriage, senator, you're the candidate of yesterday."

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Former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw on Monday addressed the controversy surrounding his successor, Brian Williams, who was suspended from NBC amid allegations that Williams embellished stories about his reporting in Iraq.

According to CNN, Brokaw said at an event at University of Chicago's Institute of Politics that William's suspension has been "a very, very difficult time" at NBC News. He did not reveal any details or updates about the NBC investigation into Williams' storytelling.

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A black resident of North Charlseton, S.C., on Friday sued Michael Thomas Slager, the police officer charged with the murder of Walter Scott, for allegedly using a taser on him during an August 2013 traffic stop.

Julius Wilson filed the lawsuit against three officers, including Slager, as well as the North Charleston Police Department and Police Chief Eddie Driggers, according to The Guardian.

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