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

An Oklahoma school district cancelled plans to offer a religious course created by Hobby Lobby President Steve Green following outcry from activists, according to Raw Story.

The Mustang Public Schools district approved the religious elective, "The Book: The Bible’s History, Narrative and Impact," in April after meeting with Green and his curriculum team from the Museum of the Bible.

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Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), who did not seek re-election due to his failed Senate bid, is trying to make a name for himself before he leaves office.

The congressman introduced a bill last week that would require the National Science Foundation "study the effect of the Earth's magnetic field on the weather." The legislation would also have Congress acknowledge that a "decrease in magnetic fields could impact global temperatures"

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CNN host Don Lemon was perplexed by the violence that erupted in Ferguson after the St. Louis County grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, and turned to Rev. Jesse Jackson for an explanation.

"It went in front of our legal and judicial process and the outcome was the outcome and we must abide by it. The lawlessness and the violence is really -- it should not have happened and there should be no excuses made for it," Lemon said to Jackson on Tuesday morning.

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Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday that the federal investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown is still underway and remains independent of the local probe.

"Though we have shared information with local prosecutors during the course of our investigation, the federal inquiry has been independent of the local one from the start, and remains so now," Holder said in a statement released after a state prosecutor in Missouri announced a gran jury had declined to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. "And although federal civil rights law imposes a high legal bar in these types of cases, we have resisted forming premature conclusions."

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President Obama on Monday called on protesters to react peacefully to the St. Louis County grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown -- even as TV networks showed a split screen of the president's speech with police firing tear gas at protestors.

Obama said that it's "an understandable reaction" for some to be angry with the decision, but he urged people to respect the wishes of Michael Brown's family and refrain from violence.

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