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

In an interview that aired Thursday morning, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said that House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) spoke with a "whistle-blower type person" before alleging that information on President Donald Trump and his associates was incidentally collected by the intelligence community.

"He had told me that — like, a whistleblower-type person had given him some information that was new that spoke to the last administration and part of this investigation,” Ryan told CBS News. “He briefs me about it, didn’t know the content of it, only knew the nature of it and that he was going to brief others.”

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Republican leaders in the North Carolina state legislature announced on Wednesday night that they had reached a deal with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to repeal the anti-LGBT law known as HB2.

However, both progressive and conservative groups are unhappy with the compromise, leaving the future of the deal uncertain. Lawmakers are expected to begin voting on the bill Thursday morning.

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FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday evening addressed the challenges of serving as the leader of the FBI in such a partisan environment.

"I know that when I make a hard decision, a storm is going to follow," he said at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance Leadership dinner in Washington, D.C., per CNN. "Honestly, I don't care."

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Republican legislators and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) are struggling to come to an agreement to reverse the state's anti-LGBT law, known as HB2, as a deadline set by the NCAA for its repeal fast approaches.

The NCAA has said that it will not hold championship games in the state until lawmakers repeal the law, which bars local non-discrimination protections for LGBT people and prohibits transgender people form using the public bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity. A local sports event planner confirmed Tuesday that lawmakers had just 48 hours to repeal HB2 before the collegiate league decides on championship locations through 2022.

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A bank in Cyprus had investigated several bank accounts linked to Paul Manafort for potential money-laundering, NBC News reported early Wednesday morning, citing two unnamed "banking sources."

Beginning in 2007, Manafort, former campaign chair to President Donald Trump, was linked to at least 15 bank accounts and 10 companies on Cyprus, the sources told NBC News. And at least one of those companies took in millions of dollars from an ally to Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to court documents reviewed by the news outlet.

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In one of her first public appearances since the election, Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night encouraged women to run for office and cheered the failure of Republicans' bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

"When Congress and the administration tried to jam through a bill that would have kicked 24 million people off their health insurance, defunded Planned Parenthood, jeopardized access to affordable birth control, deprived people with disabilities and the elderly of nursing homes and essential care, they were met with a wave of resistance," Clinton said at conference in San Francisco held by the Professional BusinessWomen of California.

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday evening told senators that he will make a deal with lawmakers on health care despite the fact that House Republicans were forced to pull their bill to repeal Obamacare due to a lack of support for the legislation.

"I know that we’re all going to make a deal on health care. That’s such an easy one. So I have no doubt that that’s going to happen very quickly," Trump said at a reception at the White House for senators and their spouses. "I think it will, actually. I think it’s going to happen. Because we’ve all been promising, Democrat, Republican, we’ve all been promising that to the American people."

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A lawyer for President Donald Trump on Monday signaled that he will seek to dismiss a lawsuit filed against Trump in New York, arguing that the President is immune to lawsuits filed against him in state court.

Trump is looking to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed in New York state Supreme Court by Summer Zervos, a past contestant on Trump's reality television show, "The Apprentice." Zervos filed the lawsuit in January, after Trump denied her allegations that he kissed and groped her inappropriately in 2007 at a hotel in Los Angeles.

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