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 South Carolina man was killed on Wednesday after he put on a bulletproof vest, asked his friend to shoot him, and the friend allegedly missed the vest, according to television station WYFF.

Blake Wardell, 26, was with a few friends at a home in Anderson County, S.C. when they decided to try on the bulletproof vest and have someone shoot it, deputy coroner Don McCown told Fox affilliate WHNS.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected the state attorney general's request for a stay of a judge's ruling that overturned Arkansas' constitutional ban on gay marriage.

The high court on Wednesday turned down the request from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel that would have halted the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses.

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Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) on Wednesday slammed conservative pundit Ann Coulter for mocking #BringBackOurGirls and Michelle Obama's participation in the social media campaign.

Yarmuth called Coulter a "despicable human being" when asked about her attempt to make fun of the hashtag during an event to raise awareness about the almost 300 Nigerian girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram, according to radio station WFPL.

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Stephen Colbert on Tuesday mocked the conservative backlash over the #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign, which seeks to draw attention to almost 300 girls kidnapped from a school Nigeria.

"Folks, it's refreshing to see a hashtag campaign that has nothing to do with firing me," he said on "The Colbert Report," referencing the #CancelColbert campaign started after Colbert's Twitter account posted an out-of-context joke about Asian stereotypes.

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Jon Stewart blasted Rush Limbaugh on Monday after the conservative radio host mocked Michelle Obama and the #GetBackOurGirls social media campaign, which was started to call attention to the Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram.

"See that’s the thing about hashtag activism. It cannot force a crazy person to do something. But it can shame a less crazy person into not doing nothing," Stewart said on "The Daily Show," referencing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's decision to let foreign countries aid in the search for the missing girls.

"Whilst apparently driving a medium crazy person crazier," Stewart continued, cutting to a clip of Limbaugh bashing the #GetBackOurGirls campaign.

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Sunday called for the state to impeach the judge who struck down Arkansas' same-sex marriage ban on Friday, according to The Hill.

"The Governor should call a special session of the legislature and impeach the judge and affirm the people's will. If the people wish to allow same sex marriage, they can put that matter on the ballot and vote for it," Huckabee said in a statement from his political action committee, Huck PAC.

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