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

The National Review on Monday published a piece claiming that the College Board's new framework for the AP U.S. History exam was the result of a leftist movement to change the way American history is taught.

"This Framework will effectively force American high schools to teach U.S. history from a leftist perspective," Stanley Kurtz wrote for NRO. "The origins of the new AP U.S. History framework are closely tied to a movement of left-leaning historians that aims to 'internationalize' the teaching of American history."

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The Veterans Affairs watchdog on Tuesday released a report concluding that while long wait times at the Phoenix VA hospital did negatively impact medical care for veterans, the Inspector General did not fine concrete evidence that this led to patient deaths.

"While the case reviews in this report document poor quality of care, we are unable to conclusively assert that the absence of timely quality care caused the deaths of these veterans," the report reads.

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The National Rifle Association went after a gun activist in the September issue of its American's First Freedom magazine with an odd account of her professional background.

The writer, Dave Kopel, is shocked that the head of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, Shannon Watts, describes herself as a stay-at-home mom but has worked in the past and runs a public relations firm from her home. The NRA piece is complete with an image of Watts surrounded by household items:

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The New York Times public editor, Margaret Sullivan, said that Times reporter John Eligon's description of Michael Brown as "no angel" in a profile of the Ferguson, Mo. teen was a "blunder."

"That choice of words was a regrettable mistake. In saying that the 18-year-old Michael Brown was 'no angel' in the fifth paragraph of Monday’s front-page profile, The Times seems to suggest that this was, altogether, a bad kid," she wrote on Monday.

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A St. Louis police officer fatally shot a man brandishing a knife on Tuesday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The shooting put many on guard amid racially charged protests in nearby Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting of an unarmed black teen on Aug. 9. This incident, however, seems unrelated.

When police arrived on the scene in St. Louis, the suspect pulled out a knife. The suspect died on the scene after two officers fired their guns, according to the St. Louis police chief.

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Ferguson officials on Tuesday asked residents to stay at home at night so that peace could be restored and provided a list of actions the city is considering to improve its relationship with the community.

"It is our hope that as we continue to work for the well-being of Ferguson, residents will stay home at night, allow peace to settle in, and allow for the justice process to take its course," the city said in a statement, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We owe it to our children to be able to return to school and work together peacefully for Ferguson’s future."

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