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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

After several days of silence regarding the Supreme Court's ruling against a Texas anti-abortion law, Donald Trump on Thursday finally weighed in on the decision and claimed that such a ruling would not occur if he were to appoint the next Supreme Court justice.

"Now if we had — Scalia was living or if Scalia was replaced by me, you wouldn’t have had that. Okay? It would’ve been the opposite," Trump told conservative radio host Mike Gallagher.

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With heightened pressure from the National Basketball Association to change North Carolina's anti-LGBT law, state lawmakers are working on potential tweaks to HB2 before they wrap up the legislative session.

Gov. Pat McCrory (R) met with Republican lawmakers on Wednesday to discuss changes, but legislators have not revealed much about what changes they might propose, according to the News and Observer.

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Large crowds and protests outside of Donald Trump rallies across the country have left cities paying large bills for police overtime and staffing, according to a report by Bloomberg News.

For example, the city of Costa Mesa, California, spent $30,000 on security for an April Trump rally at which violent protests resulted in several arrests and damaged police cars. The city asked the Trump campaign to pay $15,000, but the campaign has not offered to help and they are not obligated to do so, according to Bloomberg News.

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Two watchdog groups, the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21, said they will file Wednesday a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, arguing that the Donald Trump campaign has broken federal law by sending fundraising emails to foreign elected officials.

"Donald Trump should have known better," Paul S. Ryan, the deputy executive director at the Campaign Legal Center, said in a statement. "It is a no-brainer that it violates the law to send fundraising emails to members of a foreign government on their official foreign government email accounts, and yet, that's exactly what Trump has done repeatedly."

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Since members of the British Parliament have complained about receiving several fundraising emails from Donald Trump, politicians in several other foreign countries have revealed that they've also been flooded with email requests for donations from Trump.

Members of parliament in Australia, Iceland, Denmark, and Finland have all received the emails, according to news reports and tweets from the politicians.

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Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) on Tuesday night railed against Donald Trump, painting the presumptive Republican presidential nominee as insincere and hypocritical.

During an interview on MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes," Ellison noted that Trump criticizes trade even though he has outsourced his own products and pointed out that the candidate has changed his position on barring Muslims from the United States throughout the campaign.

"Was he wearing a Trump tie made in China when he made this denouncement of trade? Was he wearing one of those Bangladesh Trump T-shirts that he imports into our country and has made in Bangladesh, where there's been very serious labor policies?" Ellison asked.

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Following the deadly suicide attacks at the airport in Istanbul, Turkey, on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton said that the attacks shows the United States must continue to work with its allies to combat terrorism.

"Terrorists have struck again in the heart of one of our NATO allies—and all Americans stand united with the people of Turkey against this campaign of hatred and violence. Already, stories of heroism on the part of Turkish police are emerging, as their quick actions to confront the suspects may have prevented an even worse tragedy," Clinton said in a statement.

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