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.

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Comedian Stephen Colbert on Thursday announced that he would arrange to fund all 1,000 grant requests submitted by South Carolina public school teachers on the crowd funding website DonorsChoose.org, according to the The Greenville News.

Colbert, along with Share Fair Nation and ScanSource, will donate a total of $800,000 to fund the requests. Colbert used the proceeds from selling his old "Colbert Report" set to fund some of the grants, and the two groups matched his donation to fund the grants.

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Investigators have not yet found a direct link between the Islamic State and the gunmen who opened fire on officers outside a Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, on Sunday, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

Law enforcement officials told the LA Times that although it appears that the suspects, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, were influenced by foreign terrorist groups, investigators do "not at this point" believe that the Islamic State or another group directed the gunmen to carry out the attack.

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Wednesday said that President Obama's only goal is to push the U.S. "toward the ideology of Karl Marx."

While discussing Obama's executive actions on immigration with Glenn Beck, King said that if the President "defies" a court ruling against his actions, it will move "him into emperor status."

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Presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Wednesday scolded some of his former colleagues at Fox News for denouncing Pam Geller and the Muhammad cartoon contest she held in Garland, Texas.

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly criticized Geller for holding such a provocative event and said he would have done it "another way." And Fox host Greta Van Susteren said the cartoon contest "recklessly" put police lives in danger.

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Some Republicans in Tennessee are not too pleased with Americans for Prosperity's attempts to tank a bill that would have expanded Medicaid in the state.

According to The Tennessean, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a group funded by the Koch brothers, targeted multiple Republicans with mailers and put out a 60-second spot attacking Republican state Rep. Kevin Brooks' stance on the bill.

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Evangelist Rev. Franklin Graham on Wednesday said that while he supports Americans' right to free speech, the attendees at the Muhammad cartoon contest near Dallas "were wrong" to mock Muslims.

"As a Christian, I don’t like it when people mock my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, and what this event in Garland, Texas, was doing was mocking the Muslims. And I disagree with Islam, I don’t believe in Islam, but I’m not going to mock them and make fun of them," Graham said on "Fox and Friends."

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A Nebraska woman on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against "Homosexuals," asking a judge to decide whether "homosexuality is a sin"

Sylvia Ann Driskell claimed she is the "ambassador for plaintiffs God, and his son, Jesus Christ" and declared that "homosexuality is a sin" and that gay people violate "religious and moral law."

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Fox News host Greta Van Susteren slammed Pam Geller and her anti-Islam group, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, for putting police in danger by holding a Muhammad cartoon contest near Dallas over the weekend.

"Protect our police. Do not recklessly lure them into danger, and that’s what happened in Garland, Texas, at the Mohammad cartoon contest. Yes, of course, there is a First Amendment right and of course it’s very important. But the exercise of that right includes using good judgement," Van Susteren said on her show, "On The Record," on Tuesday evening.

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Federal officials warned local law enforcement last week that the Muhammad cartoon contest held near Dallas on Sunday could provoke violence, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Officials from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security on April 30 sent law enforcement agencies a bulletin about the event, noting that it could “prompt violent extremist reaction.” However, officials were more worried about violence abroad following the event and said an attack was “less likely at home.”

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