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

After one of his first meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Bill Clinton drank vodka shots with his chief of staff, John Podesta.

"We saw Putin and then we had the evening free. We went to the Cafe Pushkin in Moscow, and as is habit in Moscow, we started drinking vodka shots. I'm not much of a drinker, but I had plenty to drink that night," Podesta said in an interview with Runner's World published on May 1, recounting his trip to Moscow with Clinton in 2000.

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A Republican candidate for the U.S. House in Georgia said he'd rather see another terrorist attack than continue to submit to airport searches by the TSA, though he later backed away from those remarks.

"Now this is going to sound outrageous, I'd rather see another terrorist attack, truly I would, than to give up my liberty as an American citizen," Bob Johnson, a doctor and candidate in Georgia's first district said, according to a video obtained by Politico. "Give me liberty or give me death. Isn't that what Patrick Henry said at the founding of our republic?"

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MSNBC has apologized for a Cinco de Mayo segment Monday on "Way Too Early," in which the show's producer danced around wearing a sombrero, shaking a maraca, and pretending to drink tequila while the host recited the history of the Mexican holiday.

"It's also an excuse to drink tequila on a Monday morning at work for Louis," host Thomas Roberts said while explaining the holiday, referencing producer Louis Burgdorf.

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The Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, who implied in a January speech that the First Amendment only applied to Christian faiths, said on Monday that he was talking about the biblical foundations in the United States, not the application of the law.

"It applies to the rights God gave us to be free in our modes of thinking, and as far as religious liberty to all people, regardless of what they believe," Justice Roy Moore said about the First Amendment in an interview with the Montgomery Advertiser.

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Monica Lewinsky hasn't spoken publicly for years about her affair with President Bill Clinton, but now she is opening up again about the intense scrutiny she came under back then in hopes that her "own suffering" could help others experiencing similar "humiliation."

In an essay for Vanity Fair, excerpts of which the magazine posted online Tuesday, Lewinsky wrote that the 2010 suicide of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers student who was secretly taped kissing another man, pushed her to speak up about her experience.

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In comments earlier this year only now coming to light, the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court asserted that the First Amendment only applies to Christianity since neither Buddha nor Mohammed created man.

"Everybody, to include the United States Supreme Court, has been deceived as to one little word in the First Amendment called religion. They can’t define it," chief justice Roy Moore said in January, according to video published Friday by Raw Story.

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Fox political analyst Brit Hume and Former Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) on Sunday argued over the Benghazi attack and the significance of the email from White House official Ben Rhodes, which was released this week.

"This was an intelligence failure, but it wasn’t a conspiracy," Harman said on "Fox News Sunday" about the way the administration handled the aftermath of the attack. "And there aren’t aliens in Area 51, and Vince Foster wasn't murdered. And it's time to move on, and focus on the real problems in Libya."

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Sunday defended the death penalty in his state after the botched execution in Oklahoma, during which Clayton Lockett died of a heart attack after the lethal injection failed.

"I think we have an appropriate process in place from the standpoint of the appeals process to make sure due process is addressed, and the process of the actual execution I will suggest to you is very different from Oklahoma. We only use one drug," Perry said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "I'm confident that the way that the executions are taken care of in the state of Texas are appropriate — and humane."

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NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Sunday said that the release of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist comments points to just how much of an issue racism is today.

"Well, this is a problem. I did a little bit of research, more whites believe in ghosts than believe in racism. That's why we don't have — that why we have shows like Ghostbusters and don't have shows like Racistbuster," Abdul-Jabbar said on ABC's "This Week." "You know, it's something that's still part of our culture and people hold on to some of these ideas and practices just out of habit and saying that well that's the way it always was. But things have to change."

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