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.

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Esme Cribb contributed reporting.

Donald Trump's advisers are divided over the President-elect's two top choices for secretary of state, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) and former New York Major Rudy Giuliani (R), with those opposed to Romney taking their concerns public, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

On Thursday morning, Trump's former campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, published tweets warning that Trump's avid supporters were disappointed by the possibility that Romney could serve in Trump's cabinet.

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During a lengthy interview with the New York Times on Tuesday, Donald Trump suggested that he may change his mind on waterboarding after calling for the United States to employ the torture practice on the campaign trail.

Trump told the New York Times that he has been discussing waterboarding with retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, who Trump is considering to serve as Secretary of Defense.

“He said, ‘I’ve never found it to be useful,'" Trump told the Times.

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A group of computer scientists believe they have evidence that suggests voting machines in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania have been hacked and have been urging the Hillary Clinton campaign to ask for a recount in the three key states, according to a New York Magazine report.

CNN confirmed that the experts have been in touch with John Podesta, Clinton's campaign chair, and Marc Elias, the campaign's general counsel.

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UPDATE: Nov. 23, 2016, 8:43 a.m. ET: Donald Trump's transition team on Wednesday morning announced that the President-elect intends to nominate South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) to be the next United States ambassador to the United Nations.

"Governor Haley has a proven track record of bringing people together regardless of background or party affiliation to move critical policies forward for the betterment of her state and our country,” Trump said in a statement. “She is also a proven dealmaker, and we look to be making plenty of deals. She will be a great leader representing us on the world stage."

In a statement circulated by the Trump transition team, Haley said, "Our country faces enormous challenges here at home and internationally, and I am honored that the President-elect has asked me to join his team and serve the country we love as the next Ambassador to the United Nations."


Donald Trump has selected South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) to be the next ambassador to the United Nations, according to reports by the Post and Courier and NBC News early Wednesday morning.

The Post and Courier reported that Trump had chosen Haley for the role, citing sources with knowledge of the decision, and NBC News reported that Haley has accepted Trump's offer, citing a source familiar with the transition efforts.

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R), along with the Republican candidate for state auditor, on Tuesday filed for a statewide recount as McCrory trails Democratic state Attorney General Roy Cooper by more than 6,000 votes.

“With many outstanding votes yet to be counted for the first time, legal challenges, ballot protests and voter fraud allegations, we must keep open the ability to allow the established recount process to ensure every legal vote is counted properly," McCrory Campaign Manager Russell Peck said in a statement.

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A conservative group in North Carolina filed a lawsuit Monday against the North Carolina state Board of Elections seeking to delay its certification of the 2016 elections until it has gone through the lengthy process of verifying the addresses of voters who registered to vote on the same day they voted.

The lawsuit comes as the sitting governor refuses to concede his defeat. Republican Gov. Pat McCrory trails Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper by some 5,000 votes. McCrory is claiming widespread voter fraud and is challenging ballots in dozen of counties as he tries to close the gap with Cooper.

McCory is under pressure from Democrats to concede. The new lawsuit, while not focused solely on the governor's race, could buy McCory more time by postponing the official certification of the results until well into December.

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Following several reports laying out the potential conflicts of interest Donald Trump could have as president given his real estate holdings around the world, the President-elect dismissed concerns and said that voters knew about his business before the election.

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During a meeting with leaders of the Brexit movement following the election, Donald Trump asked them to push back against offshore wind farms like the one that can be seen from his golf course in Scotland, according to reports in the New York Times and British paper The Express.

Trump has been fighting a wind farm off of the coast of Aberdeen for a while since the turbines can be seen from his golf course in Aberdeenshire, but he lost a court battle in December 2015.

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