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

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.

The national NAACP on Tuesday requested a meeting with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to address the racist comments allegedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

"The NAACP is eager to meet with Commissioner Silver to discuss the influence and impact of racism in the National Basketball Association," Roslyn Brock, chair of the NAACP Board of Directors, said in a statement. "The remarks attributed to Mr. Sterling remind us that racism and bigotry are still alive and well in all corners of society – including professional sports."

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Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) stepped down from the House Financial Services Committee on Monday, after he was indicted on multiple fraud charges.

In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, Grimm requested that he be removed from the committee. Grimm writes that he would like to take up an active role on the committee again after his legal matters are resolved.

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Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar suggested on Monday that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist rant is at least partially his girlfriend's fault.

"And now the poor guy’s girlfriend (undoubtedly ex-girlfriend now) is on tape cajoling him into revealing his racism," Abdul-Jabbar wrote in a blog post for Time. "Man, what a winding road she led him down to get all of that out. She was like a sexy nanny playing 'pin the fried chicken on the Sambo.' She blindfolded him and spun him around until he was just blathering all sorts of incoherent racist sound bites that had the news media peeing themselves with glee."

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Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Monday said that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist rant is only news because he didn't contribute enough to President Barack Obama's campaign.

"This is not news to anybody who has known of this guy," Limbaugh said on his radio show. "This guy is a big Democrat. The only reason he’s in trouble is because he did not give enough money to Obama."

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