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

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) invited Family Research Council President Tony Perkins to Minneapolis last week after Perkins said that Muslims had established "no-go zones," in the Minnesotan city.

In response to a caller on Perkin's show, "Washington Watch," on Friday, who claimed that the "Muslim community" had established "no-go zones" in France, Perkins said that while he could not verify the "military-type training," he did accept that Europe -- and some American cities -- had these so-called "no-go zones." (The no-go zones in France are a debunked conservative myth.)

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Hillary Clinton has a double-digit lead nationally among registered voters over five of her top Republican rivals, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Thursday.

In hypothetical general election matchups, Clinton leads Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) 54 percent to 41 percent; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), 53 percent to 40 percent; Mitt Romney 55 percent to 40 percent; and Mike Huckabee 56 percent to 39 percent.

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The lockdown at the Ohio University Southern campus in Ironton, Ohio, was lifted after a false alarm caused by an armed Brinks truck driver, WSAZ reported on Wednesday evening.

WSAZ and the Ohio University police originally reported that officers were responding to an active shooter situation. However, the armed Brinks truck driver was mistaken for a threatening man with a gun, according to WSAZ.

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After a Denver bakery refused to make Colorado resident Bill Jack a cake with an anti-gay message, Jack filed a discrimination complaint with the state Department of Regulatory Agencies' Civil Rights division, according to Colorado television station KUSA.

Marjorie Silva (pictured above), the owner of Azucar Bakery, said Jack asked her to write phrases like "God hates gays" on a cake in March 2014, according to KUSA. He also wanted an image of two men holding hands with an "X" through them on the cake.

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President Obama called out Republican lawmakers who claim they aren't scientists when asked if they believe climate change is man-made.

"I’ve heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they’re not scientists that we don’t have enough information to act," Obama said. "Well, I’m not a scientist, either. But you know what — I know a lot of really good scientists at NASA, and NOAA, and at our major universities. And the best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate."

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Multiple congressional lawmakers will hold up yellow pencils when President Obama references the recent terrorist attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo during his State of the Union speech, according to Time magazine.

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) will participate in the display of solidarity, and her spokesman said that other members will join her. According to the Daily Beast, at least 10 lawmakers will hold up pencils, which have been used as a symbol of freedom of speech following the Paris attack.

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