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

Kirkwood High School in Missouri on Thursday went on lockdown after school staff was alarmed by the presence of a local reporter who did not identify himself as a member of the media, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

A reporter for local network KDSK, who inquired about school security for a story, left his name and number for the secretary while she left to find another staff member. He then left the main office and did not answer his phone when the secretary followed up.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told the Las Vegas Sun Thursday that he supports legalizing medical marijuana use.

"If you'd asked me this question a dozen years ago, it would have been easy to answer – I would have said no, because (marijuana) leads to other stuff," he said. "But I can't say that anymore."

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A 4-year-old girl fatally shot her 4-year-old cousin with a gun the children found underneath a bed in Detroit on Thursday, police told CBS Detroit.

“They were playing in a room inside the home; the female found a long gun underneath the bed and pointed it at the male 4-year-old and pulled the trigger,” Detroit Police spokesman Adam Madera told CBS.

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New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson on Thursday defended the newspaper's reporting on the Benghazi attack after Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) criticized the report on the Senate floor.

"David Kirkpatrick's report on the attack in Benghazi is a pioneering piece of enterprise reporting based on interviews with numerous sources inside Libya and outside the country conducted over many months," Abramson said in a statement to Politico. "It explores in great detail the attack, the attackers, their motivations and their affiliations. The facts that have emerged since its publication confirm the story's conclusions. We consider the reporting in the story unassailable."

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Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage on Thursday criticized members of the New Jersey legislature for forming separate committees in the assembly and the senate to investigate Gov. Chris Christie the George Washington Bridge scandal, accusing them of preening for the camera.

"That doesn't make any sense," the Democrat said on MSNBC, as recorded by Politicker NJ. "It's a waste of taxpayer money, and it's all about who can get on television first."

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Republicans are targeting the officials in charge of Oregon's health insurance exchange, Cover Oregon, which failed to go live on time and subsequently forced the state to sign people up for insurance using paper applications, the Oregonian reported.

The Republican National Committee is filing public records requests for information on compensation and vacation time for top Oregon Live officials Rocky King and Carolyn Lawson, according to the Oregonian. King has announced that he will resign as director in March, and Lawson has already resigned from her position as chief technology officer.

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