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

As a small group of protesters defied the curfew in Ferguson imposed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D), one person was shot and seven were arrested, according to news reports.

An unidentified man was shot by an unknown individual and was in critical condition early Sunday morning. As police came to the aid of the gunshot victim, the police car was shot at, Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald Johnson told reporters. Police said that it did not appear that a police officer shot the victim.

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Ron Paul on Thursday gave away an AR-15 rifle to a supporter he chose from a free drawing.

Paul announced July's raffle in June, and has been giving away one free gun to a supporter each month since April in his "Campaign for Liberty," according to the email he sent out on Thursday.

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Missouri state police Captain Ronald Johnson on Thursday walked with protesters in Ferguson, Mo. and talked with them about the situation.

Johnson took control of law enforcement in Ferguson on Thursday and said that he would review resources following concerns over police response to protests in the town.

Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery was at the protest and documented Johnson's interactions with community members:

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The freshmen of Howard University, a historically black college in Washington, D.C., responded to the death of Michael Brown with a powerful photo on Wednesday.

Khalil Saadiq, a member of the Howard University Student Association, organized the photo of students with their hands in the air in order to pay tribute to the teen in Ferguson, Mo., 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by police this weekend, according to Yahoo News.

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Actor Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's Disease at the time of his death, his wife said in a statement Thursday.

"Robin's sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly," William's wife Susan Schneider said in a statement obtained by multiple news outlets.

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President Obama announced on Thursday that he doesn't expect the U.S. to continue humanitarian aid to the Iraqis trapped in the country's Sinjar Mountains by ISIS.

"The situation on the mountain has greatly improved, and Americans should be very proud of our efforts," he said during a press conference.

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President Obama on Thursday expressed concern over the "violent turn" in Ferguson, Mo. as protesters clash with police following the shooting of Michael Brown and criticized police who arrested two reporters covering the protests on Wednesday night.

Obama said people need to "come together" in Ferguson, and said that he will be working with the Department of Justice and local authorities to make sure that "justice is done."

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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on Thursday met with members of the community in Ferguson, Mo. and criticized the way police have handled the protests following the shooting of Michael Brown.

"We need to de-militarize this situation—this kind of response by the police has become the problem instead of the solution," she said in a statement. "I obviously respect law enforcement’s work to provide public safety, but my constituents are allowed to have peaceful protests, and the police need to respect that right and protect that right. Today is going to be a new start, we can and need to do better."

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