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

Inserting himself into a school district issue, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) called Monday for the removal of the superintendent of the Forth Worth school district over his new policy making accommodations for transgender students.

Superintendent Kent Scribner proposed the new policy in April to allow transgender students to use the bathroom and play on the sports team that corresponds to their gender identity, according to the Star-Telegram. The policy also calls on teachers to address transgender students by the pronoun that aligns with their gender identity.

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With the federal government and the state of North Carolina suing each other over the controversial law keeping transgender people from using public bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity, the University of North Carolina is unsure of how to proceed.

In a Tuesday afternoon statement, UNC President Margaret Spellings explained that while the school is committed to combatting discrimination, it is also compelled to follow state law.

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Cliven Bundy will file a lawsuit against the federal government on Tuesday, asserting that they violated his constitutional rights, The Hill reported late Monday.

Bundy will file the suit on Tuesday against President Obama, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Reid's son, former Clark County Commission Chairman Rory Reid, and U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro, according to The Hill.

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In an interview taped last week before he offered an apology for his past remarks about Donald Trump, former Mexican President Vincente Fox railed against the Republican presidential candidate and his proposed wall along the United States' border with Mexico.

"Wake up Americans, he’s a false prophet," Fox said in a clip of the "Kick Ass Politics" podcast highlighted by Buzzfeed News. "Think about it, analyze what he’s proposing. Count the amount of lies he says in every speech. Everyday he lies and lies with figures because his sole interest is to do personal business, to get greedy, to get more money, to put the Trump name everywhere in the world."

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Donald Trump on Monday said that he could exempt London's new mayor from his proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States if he is elected president.

"There will always be exceptions," Trump told the Times when asked if London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who is Muslim, would be allowed into the country under Trump's proposed ban.

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Vice President Joe Biden on Friday indicated that he was disappointed in Donald Trump's taco bowl tweet on Cinco de Mayo, and said that he hopes the presumptive Republican nominee begins to talk more seriously about the issues.

“He's a smarter guy than this," Biden told Fox 5 DC. "I hope he reaches the point where he figures out that it’s not a game show and that he begins to talk in earnest about where he would take the country."

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Bob Dole, a former senator and Republican presidential nominee, on Friday endorsed Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

"The voters of our country have turned out in record numbers to support Mr. Trump. It is important that their votes be honored and it is time that we support the party's presumptive nominee, Donald J. Trump. I plan to attend the RNC convention in Cleveland to show my support for our party and our ticket, as I have done my entire life," Dole said in a statement released by the Trump campaign. "We must unite as a party to defeat Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump is our party’s presumptive nominee and our best chance at taking back the White House this November."

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