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 the White House Fourth of July celebration, President Obama took some time to celebrate his daughter's birthday.

At the end of his speech at the event featuring Janelle Monáe and Kendrick Lamar, Obama noted that his daughter Malia Obama's birthday is on Independence Day.

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Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), a vulnerable Republican senator in a tough re-election fight against Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), says that his efforts to separate his campaign from Donald Trump's presidential run have paid off.

"It's helped because I'm a very independent voice for Illinois," Kirk told CNN in an interview published on Monday.

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During a speech in Denver Friday Donald Trump lamented that the Islamic State thinks the United States is "stupid" and charged that Hillary Clinton would be a "weak" president.

Trump, who renewed his calls for torture in the wake of the attacks in Istanbul, complained that while Islamic State terrorists carry out beheadings, the United States has ended its practice of waterboarding.

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The National Basketball Association on Thursday said that that it does not support a draft proposal floated by North Carolina Republicans to change parts of the state's new anti-LGBT law.

"We have been engaged in dialogue with numerous groups at the city and state levels, but we do not endorse the version of the bill that we understand is currently before the legislature," the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets said in a statement. "We remain committed to our guiding principles of inclusion, mutual respect and equal protections for all. We continue to believe that constructive engagement with all sides is the right path forward. There has been no new decision made regarding the 2017 NBA All-Star Game."

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During a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, Donald Trump fielded a question from a member of the audience about replacing TSA employees wearing "Hibby-Jobbies" with military veterans.

"Why aren't we putting our retirees, our military retirees on that border or in TSA, get rid of all these 'hibby-jobbies' they wear at TSA -- I've seen them myself?" a woman identified by CBS News as Cathy Chevalier, asked, likely referring to hijabs.

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