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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

During a rally in California on Friday, Donald Trump complained to the crowd that he cannot stand the sound of Hillary Clinton "screaming."

The Republican presidential candidate used a similar line last month, when he told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that he had not "quite recovered" from Clinton "shouting" the night before. On Friday, he acknowledged that it wasn't politically correct for him to say certain things about Clinton.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Friday indicated that he will fight for "conservative principles" -- particularly on abortion -- in the Republican party platform at the convention in July.

Oklahoma radio host Pat Campbell asked Cruz whether he would make sure Republicans do not "screw around with the party platform and remove the abortion plank, or alter it," according to Politico.

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) this week said that the state will enforce HB2, the law passed in March that keeps transgender people from using the public bathroom that aligns with their gender identity, like trespassing law.

"We're using trespassing laws that we were using before House Bill 2, we're using that now," he told reporters at a ribbon cutting for a candy plant on Thursday, according to a video from North Carolina journalist Bryan Anderson. "But you know, it's just basic privacy rights and that's trespassing and we'll continue to do that just like we were doing long before the Charlotte ordinance. So nothing's really changed in that regard."

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Ahead of a Thursday vote on an energy and water spending bill that included an LGBT amendment, one Republican member of Congress began reading from the Bible during a Republican caucus meeting, prompting several members to leave.

Rep. Rick Allen (R-GA) read a passage from the Bible denouncing homosexuality, suggesting that members who supported the LGBT amendment would violate their faith, according to reports in The Hill, Roll Call, and Politico. An aide to Allen told Roll Call that the congressman did not specifically mention the upcoming vote that included the LGBT measure.

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) on Thursday signed the first ever "Blue Lives Matter" law, which would make police officers and first responders a protected class in the state's hate crime law.

"The men and women who put their lives on the line every day, often under very dangerous circumstances, are true heroes, and they deserve every protection that we can give them," Edwards said in a statement, according to The Advocate. "They serve and protect our communities and our families. The overarching message is that hate crimes will not be tolerated in Louisiana."

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Baylor University's board of regents announced Thursday that Ken Starr would be removed as president and transition to the role of chancellor at the Texas university.

The board also suspended the school's football coach, Art Briles, with the "intent to terminate" his contract, over the way school officials handled numerous claims from female students that members of the football team had committed sexual assault.

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The GOP-controlled House on Thursday was unable to pass an energy and water spending bill after a Democratic amendment to the legislation protecting some LGBT workers from discrimination was added to the bill Wednesday night.

The bill failed 112-305 with 130 Republicans voting against the bill and only 6 Democrats voting to pass the spending measure.

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During a House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) railed against a witness who testified against the Obama administration's recent guidance for schools on how to accommodate transgender students.

Lofgren read aloud part of the testimony from Gail Heriot, a member of the United States Commission on Human Rights, according to a clip from the hearing highlighted by the Huffington Post.

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The House on Wednesday night passed an amendment that ensures federal contractors cannot discriminate against LGBT employees after several Republicans switched their votes to defeat a similar measure last week, prompting disarray on the House floor.

The House passed the measure sponsored by Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY) as an amendment to an Energy Department spending bill, with 43 Republican members supporting it, according to The Hill.

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