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

Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Wednesday night lashed out at the liberal media for covering comments she made on Monday about the black teenage girl slammed to the ground by a McKinney, Texas, police officer.

After viewing the video of Officer Eric Casebolt, Kelly said his treatment of the teen was "brutal," but also commented that the "girl was no saint either" because she lingered when the officer told her to keep walking.

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The attorney for former McKinney police officer Eric Casebolt on Wednesday said that "he apologizes to all who were offended" by his actions while responding to a complaint at a pool party in McKinney, Texas.

Attorney Jane Bushkin said that Casebolt "regrets" that his actions reflected poorly on the McKinney Police Department.

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A Mississippi superintendent who filed charges against four individuals for cheering too loudly at a high school graduation in May withdrew the complaint on Monday.

"We felt like at this point that we had accomplished our goal," Superintendent Jay Foster told the Associated Press, "which was, if you disrupt the ceremony, not only could you be escorted out, but you could face possible charges. It's really nothing more than a ticket, but it could cost you."

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Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday night said that the Texas officer who drew his weapon on teenagers while responding to a call at a pool party only did so because the teens were "provoking" him.

"When I look at this video, when we slow down this video, the police officer did not pull out the gun on this girl in the bikini here. It was two young men," Hannity said. "It seems as if they are provoking him."

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Rev. Franklin Graham announced last week that he would pull his accounts from Wells Fargo after the bank aired an ad featuring a gay couple, but the evangelist preacher did not have the best of luck finding a new bank that does not "promote homosexuality."

Graham told Family Research Council's "Washington Watch" on Monday that he would switch to BB&T, a bank based in North Carolina. However, as Right Wing Watch pointed out, BB&T is a sponsor of the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade.

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It seems Rev. Franklin Graham is not happy with Wells Fargo’s April ad featuring a lesbian couple.

The evangelist preacher announced on Friday that he would pull all of the accounts for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association from Wells Fargo in order to "fight the tide of moral decay that is being crammed down our throats by big business, the media, and the gay & lesbian community."

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The confrontation with police at a community pool in McKinney Texas on Friday began with a verbal argument between white pool-goers and black pool party attendees, according to Tatiana Rhodes and her mother, Lashauna Burks, the hosts of the pool party.

Burks told the Huffington Post on Monday that she was supervising a pool party for her 19-year-old daughter to celebrate the end of school. She left for a moment to get more supplies, and returned to an argument between two white women and numerous party guests.

"When I left, a 14-year-old girl named Grace had gotten into an argument with two caucasian women," Burks said. "My daughter came to me and said that the security guard told all the African American people to leave."

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Monday night doubled down on his defense of the Duggar family following allegations that Josh Duggar sexually abused young girls.

After the publication of a police report revealing that the Duggars' eldest son, Josh, was investigated for allegedly molesting five young girls, including four of his family members, Huckabee quickly defended Josh and the family in a statement on Facebook.

"Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, 'inexcusable,' but that doesn’t mean 'unforgivable,'" Huckabee said. "No one needs to defend Josh’s actions as a teenager, but the fact that he confessed his sins to those he harmed, sought help, and has gone forward to live a responsible and circumspect life as an adult is testament to his family’s authenticity and humility."

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