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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

Updated at 1:31 p.m. ET

President Obama on Tuesday blasted Donald Trump's renewed call to ban Muslims from entering the United States, arguing that such a plan would only let terrorists win.

In a public address from the Treasury Department about the fight against the Islamic State and the deadly shooting in Orlando, Florida, Obama let loose on Republicans for constantly criticizing his refusal to use their pet phrase "radical Islam" and singled out Trump's recent rhetoric about Muslims and terrorism as especially "dangerous."

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Seeking to distance congressional Republicans from Donald Trump but avoid another direct confrontation with him, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday reiterated his opposition to Trump's proposed Muslim ban and emphasized that the United State is at war with "radical Islam" not Islam in general.

Asked at his weekly press conference to respond to Trump's renewed calls to restrict the immigration of Muslims and Syrian refugees in the wake of the deadly shooting in Orlando, Florida, Ryan said that it's important to make the distinction that America is "at war with radical Islam."

"It’s not at war with Islam," he said at the press conference on Capitol Hill.

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While discussing Donald Trump's renewed call to bans Muslims from entering the U.S. and his criticism of plans for the country to accept more Syrian refugees on Monday night, Fox News Bill O'Reilly asked the presumptive Republican presidential nominee whether his rhetoric went too far.

"You know there are good, loyal, Muslim Americans who love this country, who've died for this country," O'Reilly said to Trump.

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In a USA Today op-ed published Monday, an official with the National Rifle Association official argued that gun control laws would not have stopped the deadly shooting in Orlando, and instead blamed the Obama administration's "political correctness" for not stopping suspected shooter Omar Mateen.

"They are desperate to create the illusion that they’re doing something to protect us because their policies can’t and won’t keep us safe," Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, wrote of President Obama and Hillary Clinton's recent calls for stricter gun control laws.

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The director of the Georgia American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday that she resigned from her position because her skepticism about transgender bathroom access was rejected by the ACLU.

Maya Dillard Smith said she was seeking common ground between respecting transgender rights while protecting women and children. She said the ACLU was hostile to her efforts.

"If our goal is to advance the rights of equality of transgender folk, how do we do that, and advance the rights of all people?” Smith said. “If we have all-gender restrooms which will accommodate trans folks, what do we do about women who are the survivors of rape for whom it would be traumatic to share a public restroom where you take down your underwear, and there’d be men in the bathroom."

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Ken Starr, the recently ousted president of Baylor, appeared to concede in an on-camera interview that he had seen a former student's email alleging she had been raped, before a Republican public relations expert interrupted him mid-answer and asked the local television station not to include that portion in its segment.

The interview with Waco's KWTX was shot Wednesday and began getting national media attention Friday morning.

Starr announced Wednesday that he would resign as chancellor of the school, after he had been demoted from his position as president due to the way school officials failed to address several claims of sexual assault made against members of the football team.

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