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

President Obama will on Friday sit down for an interview with comedian Mark Maron and his popular podcast, "WTF With Marc Maron," Deadline reported on Thursday morning.

Maron then said in his Thursday podcast that he would be sitting down with the President in his Los Angeles garage to tape an interview for his Monday show.

Read More →

The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, the FBI, and the U.S. Attorney's Office will open a hate crime investigation into the Wednesday mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., according to multiple news outlets.

Read More →

Pastor Clementa Pinckney, who also served as a Democratic South Carolina state senator, was killed in the Wednesday mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, S.C., according to Charleston television station WCSC.

Pinckney was among the nine people killed when a white man opened fire during a Bible study meeting at his historic black church in downtown Charleston. Police are investigating the shooting as a hate crime, and were still searching for the gunman on Thursday morning.

Read More →

The white woman accused of making racist comments and starting a fight at a McKinney, Texas, community pool earlier in June said on Tuesday that she did not use racial slurs while arguing with black teenagers at the pool party.

"My kids were screaming and traumatized," Tracey Carver, the woman identified as one of two individuals who started a fight at the community pool, said in a statement, according to the Dallas Morning News. "I walked out to defuse the fight and did just that. I didn’t beat anyone nor use racial slurs of any kind."

Read More →

Jeb Bush, a Catholic, is not on board with Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical that will call on the world to acknowledge climate change and avoid "unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem."

"I hope I’m not going to get castigated for saying this by my priest back home, but I don’t get economic policy from my bishops or my cardinals or my pope," the former Republican Florida governor said at a Tuesday campaign rally in New Hampshire, according to MSNBC. "And I’d like to see what he says as it relates to climate change and how that connects to these broader, deeper issues before I pass judgment. But I think religion ought to be about making us better as people and less about things that end up getting in the political realm."

Read More →

Rachel Dolezal said on Tuesday that she cannot prove who her real parents are, even though Ruthanne and Larry Dolezal, who describe themselves as white, have shown news outlets a birth certificate indicating that they are Rachel's parents.

"I haven’t had a DNA test. There’s been no biological proof that Larry and Ruthanne are my biological parents," Rachel told Savannah Guthrie in an interview for NBC's "Nightly News."

Read More →

The Phoenix-area man indicted on Tuesday for helping plan the attack on Pamela Geller's Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, also ran a wildly unpopular moving company.

Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem's day job appears to have been running Git-r-Done Moving in Phoenix, a moving service so thoroughly panned by reviewers that it has one star on Yelp. The Better Business Bureau gave the company an F. Reviewers complained strenuously on Yelp about everything from the movers overcharging customers to not showing up for moves to stealing customer items to losing one customer's dog.


"It was by far, the worst 'service' I have ever received."


Kareem, who also goes by the name Decarus Thomas, allegedly provided the two gunmen with the weapons they used to carry out the May attack and helped them practice shooting in the desert near Phoenix before the shooting. The two alleged gunman, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, were killed in a shootout with a policeman before they could enter the venue hosting the cartoon contest.

Arizona corporate records list Decarus Thomas as the owner of Git-r-Done Moving Services LLC. The Arizona Republic reported that Kareem ran a moving and carpet cleaning business. It appears that Kareem added the carpet cleaning component later, as the business is listed as Git-r-Done Moving and Cleaning Services on Yelp under the same address. It appears that Thomas also ran Five Star Moving, which shares a phone number and address with Git-r-Done.

Here are some of the lowlights from Git-r-Done's reviews on Yelp.

Read More →