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 secret service agent caused a car accident the night before President Obama's March 7 trip to South Florida and showed a possible sign of drinking, according to a police report obtained by the Washington Post.

Mathew Reyes, a counter-sniper officer, had the "slight odor" of alcohol on his breath after the accident, according to the report. The Florida State trooper who responded to the accident conducted a sobriety test, but did not find that Reyes was impaired.

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Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who is running against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), chided President Obama last week over the health care law, suggesting that it reflects his inexperience working with uninsured Americans.

"The president is a community organizer. You wonder if he ever worked with a poor person," Cassidy said at the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association’s annual meeting, as recorded by Buzzfeed.

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After a Minneapolis, Minn. restaurant hosted a Nazi-themed party on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January, an unofficial group has organized a counter-event to protest the original dinner, according to Minneapolis City Pages.

Margie Newman and Susan Schwaidelson Siegfried organized an unofficial group to meet outside of Gasthof Zur Gemütlichkeit on Wednesday evening to honor Holocaust victims.

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Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) on Tuesday argued that instead of labeling Russia's annexation of Crimea as "aggression," the United States should be "pleased" that Crimeans established "self-determination" for themselves.

"This is not some new Cold War that's occurring," he said during a Foreign Affairs Committee markup, as quoted by the Daily Caller. "In fact it’s quite the contrary. We should be pleased to see, pleased to see, when a virtually bloodless transfer of power establishes self-determination for two million people somewhere in the world, anywhere in world."

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In an ongoing feud sparked by Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) comments on poverty in inner cities, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) on Wednesday slammed Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's "race hustlers" remark as "disgusting and divisive."

After Ryan's initial comments, Lee criticized his claim as a "thinly veiled racial attack." The Wisconsin Republican later said he was "inarticulate" and sought out a meeting with Lee and the Congressional Black Caucus.

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