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

The student who shot two students and fatally wounded a teacher at a middle school in Nevada Monday used a semi-automatic handgun taken from his home, police said in a press conference Tuesday.

The 12 year-old suspect was a seventh grader at Sparks Middle School. Police officals have no plans to release his identity at this time out of respect for the parents.

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said Tuesday that he is considering running for re-election in 2016.

"I'm seriously thinking about maybe giving another opportunity for you to vote for or against me in a few years from now," McCain told KFYI-AM in Phoenix, according to the Washington Post. "I'm seriously giving that a lot of thought."

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The Associated Press has fired a third employee due to a false report about Terry McAuliffe's role in a fraud scheme, the Huffington Post reports. 

The AP fired a reporter and editor on Monday after retracting a report that claimed the Virginia gubernatorial candidate lied to a federal official who was investigating an insurance fraud scheme run by a real estate planner. McAuliffe was a passive investor, but didn't lie to the official or have an active role in the scheme.

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The Department of Health and Human Services asked Verizon to help fix the federal government's health exchange website, USA Today reported Tuesday.

Verizon is already under contract by the federal government on other HHS projects, but is not currently working on the health care site.

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Carlo Key, a Republican judge in Bexar County, Texas, announced Monday in a campaign ad that he was leaving the Republican party and will run for re-election as a Democrat.

"I cannot tolerate a political party that demeans Texans based on their sexual orientation, the color of their skin or their economic status," Key says in the ad.

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