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

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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Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Monday said that while the white Texas police officer who threw a black, teenage girl to the ground on Friday was "brutal," she said that the girl was not properly following the officer's orders.

McKinney police police corporal Eric Casebolt was placed on administrative leave this weekend after a video showed him throwing a teenage girl, Dajerria Becton, to the ground and drawing his weapon to chase other pool party attendees. Police said officers were responding to a "disturbance" at a community pool in McKinney, Texas.

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South Carolina police officer Michael Thomas Slager was indicted for murder after shooting unarmed black man Walter Scott in the back, prosecutor Scarlet Wilson announced on Monday.

Slager, a white North Charleston patrolman, was charged with murder in April after video showed him firing eight shots at Scott while chasing him following a traffic stop. Slager alleged that he felt threatened by Scott and that Scott tried to grab his stun gun.

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The National Bar Association, the nation's largest organization of black attorneys and judges, has called for the firing of a white Texas police officer who drew his gun and slammed a black teenaged girl to the ground while responding to a complaint at a pool party.

A seven-minute video shows the officer, who has been identified as McKinney police corporal Eric Casebolt, grab a teenage girl by the arm and slam her to the ground. When two people approached Casebolt, he drew his gun to chase them away. He then forced the girl face down onto the grass, placed his knees on her back and handcuffed her, the video shows. She was detained temporarily before being released, according to police.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who is exploring a presidential run in 2016, on Sunday said that a Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage would not end the debate.

"If the court decides that, the only next approach is for those who are supporters of marriage being defined as between one man and one woman is ultimately to consider pursuing a constitutional amendment," Walker said on ABC's "This Week" when asked if the ruling would cease debate on the issue.

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A white Texas police officer was shown on video drawing his gun and slamming a black, teenage girl in a bikini to the ground while responding to a call on Friday near a community pool in McKinney, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.

A seven-minute video uploaded to YouTube on Saturday shows a McKinney police officer throwing a girl to the ground while holding her arm. When additional individuals approached the officer, he drew his gun and chased the individuals away, the video shows. He then forced the girl face down onto the ground and said, "On your face," placed his knees on her back and handcuffed her.

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