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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"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace on Sunday said that laws aimed at keeping transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice are unnecessary and that they do not address a public safety issue.

During a panel on the show, a columnist for The Federalist, Ben Domenech, argued that laws such as the one on North Carolina, are meant to keep men from exploiting protections for transgender people in order to enter a women's bathroom or locker room.

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After Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced on Sunday that they will work together to defeat Donald Trump in three upcoming primaries, Trump hit back with a statement calling the candidates "sad" and "weak."

"It is sad that two grown politicians have to collude against one person who has only been a politician for ten months in order to try and stop that person from getting the Republican nomination," Trump said in a statement released early Monday morning.

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The campaigns for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Sunday announced that they will join together to attempt to keep Donald Trump from winning the Republican presidential primaries in Indiana, New Mexico, and Oregon.

Cruz will focus on winning Indiana and Kasich will take the lead in Oregon and New Mexico, according to the campaigns.

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Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) on Friday agreed with Donald Trump's belief that the provision in North Carolina's new anti-LGBT law that keeps transgender people from using their preferred bathroom is unnecessary.

“It’s hard for me to sit on the outside, not knowing the details, and make a comment on it, but it would seem that what Donald said makes sense," Brewer said in a SiriusXM Progress interview with the Huffington Post's Michelangelo Signorile. "What I heard him say was basically that it seems to be working fine the way it is right now. I don’t know if they’ve had extraordinary issues with bathrooms [in North Carolina]. To be honest, I find it kind of bizarre that we’re talking about bathrooms in presidential elections."

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A student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has filed a lawsuit against an adviser at the school who allegedly hid that he had been texting with the drunk driver responsible for the 2013 death of the student's mother.

Megan Mengelt's mother, Maureen Mengelt, was killed in 2013 when then-Lutheran Bishop Bruce Burnside struck and killed her while driving his car. Bishop was intoxicated and texting with Tori Richardson, an assistant dean at the university, while driving to a church event.

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday dismissed criticism of the state's new "religious freedom" law from Canadian musician Bryan Adams, who canceled a show in the state over the law that allows businesses to deny services to LGBT people.

"All of a sudden we have one guy from the 1980s that canceled a concert and we all want to talk about that. It is interesting, the media says 'Y’all ought to be dealing with all these important issues and not some issue about someone's deeply held religious beliefs,'" Bryant told Jackson, Mississippi, television station WAPT.

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Despite recent the decision to hold off momentarily on moving the NBA's 2017 All-Star game out of Charlotte, North Carolina, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said on Thursday the legislature must change the law in order for the league to keep the game in the state.

"We’ve been, I think, crystal clear a change in the law is necessary for us to play in the kind of environment that we think is appropriate for a celebratory NBA event," Silver told reporters on Thursday.

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Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), who faces a tough re-election fight this fall, said on Thursday that he won't be attending the July Republican convention so that he can avoid the "jamokes" like Donald Trump who are running for president.

During an interview on WGN Radio's "The Roe Conn Show" highlighted by Buzzfeed News, Kirk first cracked a joke about his hair when asked why he would skip the convention.

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