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

Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) speech at the New York City Republican gala on Thursday night was met with a cool reception from the crowd, who spoke amongst themselves and milled about as Cruz delivered his campaign stump speech.

"I will admit to you, I haven’t built any buildings in New York City," Cruz said at the beginning of his address, drawing some applause, according to Buzzfeed News.

But it went downhill from there.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Thursday that he supports North Carolina lawmakers' push to keep transgender people from using the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity.

Cruz said laws requiring people to use the restroom that corresponds to the sex on their birth certificate makes sense because "men should not be going to the bathroom with little girls," according to the Associated Press.

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The American Unity Fund, a group created by billionaire Paul Singer to push Republicans to support LGBT rights, launched a new website urging North Carolina lawmakers to repeal the new sweeping anti-gay law, the News and Observer reported on Wednesday.

On conservativesagainsthb2.com, people are greeted with the message, "North Carolina ... Small Town Not Small Minded." On the site, people can send a form letter to Gov. Pat McCrory (R) or state lawmakers urging them to repeal the law that prohibits local ordinances requiring anti-discrimination protections for LGBT individuals and limits employees' ability to file workplace discrimination lawsuits.

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During a rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Donald Trump brought up former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, who passed away in 2012.

"I know a lot about Pennsylvania, and it’s great. How’s Joe Paterno? We gonna bring that back? Right?" he asked the crowd. "How about that whole deal?"

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Megyn Kelly on Wednesday night confirmed that she met with Donald Trump on Wednesday morning, and said that she was able to "clear the air" with the Republican presidential frontrunner after he has repeatedly slammed the Fox News anchor.

"The meeting was at my request and Mr. Trump was gracious enough to agree to it. We met for about an hour, just the two of us, and had a chance to clear the air," Kelly said on her Fox News show. "Mr. Trump and I discussed the possibility of an interview, and I hope we will have news to announce on that soon."

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Not surprisingly, LGBT advocacy groups were singularly unimpressed by the flailing effort of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) to minimize the damage from the state's new anti-gay law.

"The governor’s action is an insufficient response to a terrible, misguided law that continues to harm LGBT people on a daily basis," Human Rights Campaign legal director Sarah Warbelow said in a statement.

McCrory issued an executive order Tuesday in an attempt to quell concerns about the sweeping legislation he signed into law last month that overrode local measures protecting LGBT people from discrimination. While the order seeks legislation restoring the right of private sector employees to sue their employers in state court if they were discriminated against, the order largely stands by the original intent of the law. McCrory extended protections for gay and transgender state government employees, but left the law's provisions regarding discrimination against LGBT individuals and bathroom use unchanged.

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) spent Tuesday scrambling to try to undo some of the damage done by the anti-gay law he signed last month.

It didn't go so well.

The new law -- which yanked local discrimination protections for LGBT people and limited employees' ability to sue over workplace discrimination of all kinds -- provoked a national outcry and a growing economic boycott of North Carolina. In response Tuesday, McCrory tried to back away from some of the law's provisions while still stubbornly defending the man part of the law that targets LGBT citizens.

The difficulty of that two-step dance -- and McCrory's clumsiness in pulling it off --- was most obvious in an extended interview with Time Warner News. During the interview, McCrory's flailing defenses ran the gamut, from pointing out that he didn't call the special session where the rushed legislation was introduced to claiming that he knew before he signed it that there were things that would have to be fixed in the bill.

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Ivanka Trump on Tuesday said that she learned that she would be unable to register as a Republican to vote for her father about a week after the deadline had passed.

"I’m an independent, and I’ve always voted based on the candidate, as opposed to based on the party. And it was actually a very interesting experience," she told CNN when asked to explain how she missed the deadline to register as a member of the GOP.

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Hillary Clinton addressed the the racially charged joke included in a skit she participated in over the weekend, telling Cosmopolitan on Tuesday that she was just a participant in New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's skit.

"Well, look, it was Mayor de Blasio's skit. He has addressed it, and I will really defer to him because it is something that he's already talked about," Clinton told Cosmopolitan when asked whether the joke was inappropriate.

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