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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

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) on Monday blamed media coverage of the state's new law that prohibits local governments from passing anti-discrimination measures for the backlash from businesses and progressive groups.

"There’s a very well-coordinated campaign — national campaign which is distorting the truth, which is frankly smearing our state in an inaccurate way, and which I’m working to correct," he said in a press conference. "And I hope the media starts putting out more accurate information on the facts between a basic common sense bill which allows businesses to determine their own restroom and shower and locker room facilities, not government."

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An adviser to Donald Trump's campaign on Wednesday clarified that the campaign will file a complaint with the Republican National Committee (RNC) over the selection of delegates in the Louisiana primary, not a lawsuit, as Trump suggested in a Sunday tweet.

Trump's lawsuit threat followed a report that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) could gain up to 10 unbound delegates from the Louisiana primary, five of which were previously committed to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) before he dropped out of the presidential race. Trump won the primary, but could end up with fewer delegates than Cruz. Delegates supporting Cruz have also secured five of Louisiana's six slots on the rules committee for the Republican convention.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday brushed off Donald Trump's threat to file a lawsuit over reports that Cruz may gain delegates won in the Louisiana primary by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who has since dropped out of the race.

"I’m always amused when Donald doesn’t know what to do and so threatens lawsuits," Cruz said when asked about the potential lawsuit during a press conference in Wisconsin.

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After Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday called the presidential campaign an "embarrassment," Donald Trump on Monday morning tore into Kerry's record in the Obama administration.

"I'm shocked by him," Trump said on "Fox and Friends." "And I'm shocked that he would sign a deal like the Iran deal, which is one of the worst and dumbest deals I've ever seen negotiated —a horrible, horrible embarrassment deal."

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Following a report that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) may win more delegates in Louisiana's primary than Donald Trump, even though Trump won the state, the Republican presidential frontrunner threatened to file a lawsuit on Sunday.

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) late Wednesday night signed rushed legislation that, as is widely known, eliminates local governments' ability to pass anti-discrimination measures to protect gay and transgender individuals. But what received less immediate attention was that the new law guts workplace discrimination protections for virtually everyone.

A section of the new law alters the state's law that had allowed private sector employees to sue their employers under state discrimination law discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap.

"It takes away a right that people have had for 30 years," Bill Rowe, the director of advocacy at the North Carolina Justice Center told TPM on Friday. "It’s a pretty big change that caught us all by surprise."

Due to differences between filing a suit in federal court, as opposed to state court, this change could discourage people from filing an employment discrimination claim, Rowe said. The statute of limitations for filing in federal court is much shorter, and the court filing fee is higher on the federal level as well. There are also fewer federal district courts in the state, making it less convenient for some workers to sue.

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After North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday night signed a bill that prohibits cities from passing anti-discrimination measures, numerous companies with business in the state have expressed opposition to the bill and the NBA may consider re-locating its 2017 All-Star game.

State lawmakers passed the legislation during a special legislature session after Charlotte approved an ordinance aimed at protecting LGBT individuals in public places like schools.

The NBA on Thursday suggested that the league may move the 2017 All-Star game out of Charlotte in a statement.

"The NBA is dedicated to creating an inclusive enviornment for all who attend our games and events. We are deeply concerned that this discriminatory law runs counter to our guiding principles of equality and mutual respect and do not yet know what impact it will have on our ability to successfully host the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte," the league said in a statement.

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Katrina Pierson, a spokeswoman for Donald Trump, defended her boss' attacks on Heidi Cruz Thursday evening in a heated exchange with Alice Stewart, a spokeswoman for Sen. Ted cruz (R-TX), on CNN.

CNN's Erin Burnett began the segment by asking Pierson if she was offended by her boss' actions after Trump retweeted an unflattering photo of Heidi Cruz in response to an anti-Trump super PAC ad featuring a picture of Melania Trump in a GQ photo shoot.

"No, Erin, actually, I’m one of those women that doesn’t need validation from outside sources," Pierson responded, adding that Cruz did not immediately denounce the super PAC ad.

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