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

A well-known "patriot" group leader and supporter of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy stirred up a crowd this week by saying that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) needed to be careful "unless you want your balls ripped off."

The gruesome language came after Reid called Bundy a "hateful racist" and described his supporters as "domestic terrorists."

Mike Vanderboegh, leader of a "patriot" group known as the Three Percenters, gave a speech at the Bundy ranch this week, during which he said that Reid was right that the fight between the Nevada rancher and the federal government was "not over," according to video published by Right Wing Watch.

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday said that President Obamam approved of the NBA's decision to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the league for life after he made racist remarks.

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More Americans want the U.S. to take a step back from its interventionist role on the world stage, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Wednesday.

Forty-seven percent of Americans want the U.S. to reduce its role in global affairs, a marked increase from pass decades, according to the Wall Street Journal. In 2001, only 14 percent of Americans felt America should take on a less-active role.

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A few conservative pundits on Tuesday furthered a conspiracy theory that someone, possibly Magic Johnson, set up Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist rant in order to buy the team.

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on his show on Tuesday had a lengthy discussion with a caller about such a theory. Limbaugh attributed the theory to the caller, but seemed convinced that it was a possibility.

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Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Tuesday praised NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's decision to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for his racist comments.

"I'm just thrilled with what Commissioner Silver did. He got on the case immediately and got to the bottom of whatever mysteries that there were involved in this, and figured out what the truth was and his actions and focus were so on the mark. It was unbelievable," he said in a press conference following the NBA's announcement.

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Following the National Basketball Association's decision to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling after his racist rant, the team blacked out its website with just the phrase "We are one."

In addition to being banned for life, Sterling must pay a $2.5 million fine. The NBA will also work to force Sterling to sell the team, and NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that he has the support of other NBA team owners.