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 New Jersey appeals court on Monday upheld two strict gun control laws, measures New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) administration declined to defend in court, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

The appeals court upheld two laws regulating concealed carry permits. One law requires applicants to prove that they need a permit. The second rule allowed retired police officers to easily obtain a permit, which excluded the two retired arson investigators who challenged the laws in court.

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Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, on Monday accused the New York Times of using its investigation into the Benghazi attack as a way to boost a potential 2016 run for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"Of course Secretary Clinton was in charge at the time, and you know there are just now a lot of rumors going and pushing about her running for president in 2016," he said on Fox News, as recorded by the Hill. "So I think they are already laying the groundwork."

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, on Sunday praised Pope Francis for changing the way the world views the Catholic church.

"This pope has successfully, finally shattered the caricature of the church that his predecessors have tried hard to do," Dolan said on ABC's "This Week." "What's that caricature? That the church is kind of mean and dour and always saying no and always telling us what we can't do and always telling us why we should be excluded. He's saying, no, come on in, the church is about warmth and tenderness."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday said that he has been trying to avoid the politics of Washington, D.C.

"This is a city where it's all politics all the time, and I'm trying to do my best not to pay attention to the politics," he said in an interview with ABC's "This Week." "I know that's hard to believe, because no one in this town does that."

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Alabama State Sen. Jerry Fielding (R) announced Monday that he will introduce a resolution honoring "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson, who was suspended from the A&E reality television show after making controversial anti-gay comments in an interview with GQ magazine, the Daily Home reported.

"Phil Robertson's family values are shared by the vast majority of Alabamians, who are rightfully concerned by the vitriol aimed at his Christian stance," Fielding said in a statement. "There's a clear double standard in the media favoring a liberal worldview. When it's used to silence and punish Christians for stating their beliefs, that's when we must defend the rights of individuals to exercise their free speech without fear of politically-motivated repercussion. I join thousands across Alabama and our country by standing with Phil Robertson, and urge A&E to reverse their action against him."

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