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

Astronomers announced Thursday that they have discovered a planet most similar to earth orbiting a star 500 lightyears away, according to the New York Times.

The planet, Kepler 186f, is larger and colder than earth, but its temperatures lie within the zone that could allow for liquid and therefore life. Scientists can only speculate about this, however, because the star is so far away.

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Former President Jimmy Carter on Tuesday came out against the Keystone XL pipeline in a letter to President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, urging them to oppose construction.

"You stand on the brink of making a choice that will define your legacy on one of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced -- climate change," reads the letter from Carter and nine other Nobel Peace Prize recipients. "As you deliberate the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, you are poised to make a decision that will signal either a dangerous commitment to the status quo, or bold leadership that will inspire millions counting on you to do the right thing for our shared climate."

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The hosts of "Fox and Friends" on Wednesday bashed the New York Police Department and Mayor Bill De Blasio (D) for shutting down the Demographics Unit, a program that employed plainclothes officers to spy in Muslim communities.

Co-host Brian Kilmeade questioned why the NYPD would put an end to the program, even though the department has recognized that it did not gain any substantial leads.

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