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

Donald Trump used his Wednesday foreign policy speech to tie former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to President Obama and the United States' strategy in the Middle East, painting the two Democrats as interventionists.

"We’re a humanitarian nation, but the legacy of the Obama-Clinton interventions will be weakness, confusion, and disarray. A mess. We’ve made the Middle East more unstable and chaotic than ever before," Trump said.

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During his Wednesday foreign policy speech, Donald Trump said that the United States must become less predictable in order to defeat the Islamic State.

"Their days are numbered," he said, referring to ISIL. "I won’t tell them where, and I won’t tell them how."

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Donald Trump opened his Wednesday foreign policy speech in Washington, D.C., by introducing the overarching theme of his foreign policy proposals: put America first.

He said that his foreign policy strategy will replace "randomness with purpose, ideology with strategy and chaos with peace." And he said that his plans will always put the security of Americans first.

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In one Alabama town it is now a crime for transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice.

In response to complaints from residents over Target's announcement that transgender employees and customers are able to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity, the city council in Oxford, Alabama, passed a bathroom measure that would slap people with a $500 fine and six months in jail, according to the Anniston Star.

The city council passed the measure on Tuesday, directing people to use the public bathroom that corresponds to their birth sex, and making the violation of the new law a misdemeanor crime.

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Stephen Colbert took on "bathroom bills" like the sweeping anti-LGBT law in North Carolina during "The Late Show" on Tuesday, calling out the "weirdos" who insist on regulating bathroom use.

"I don't care if you're male or female, what sex or gender identity someone is," Colbert said. "I — and I mean this sincerely — do not want to share a bathroom with anyone. Okay? For two reasons: number one and number two," Colbert said.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told reporters on Wednesday that he will make a "major announcement" in Indiana at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Hoping to keep the media spotlight focused on his longshot campaign to wrest the nomination from Trump after losses in Tuesday night's primary, Cruz told reporters on Wednesday morning that he hopes Indiana voters will back his "positive, optimistic, forward-looking, conservative campaign."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) discussed the film "Hoosiers" during a rally in the gym where the classic movie was shot, but he made a slip-up while referencing a scene from the film.

Cruz asked a member of his staff to measure the hoop height in the Indianapolis gym where the rally was held.

"The amazing thing is, that basketball ring here in Indiana, it's the same height as it is New York City and every other place in this country. And there is nothing that Hoosiers cannot do," Cruz said.

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Donald Trump on Wednesday morning responded to Hillary Clinton's election night speech, during which she called him out for saying that she has been playing the "woman card," noting that she shouted her message.

"I haven't quite recovered — it's early in the morning — from her shouting that message," Trump said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" when asked about Clinton bringing up his comments on the "woman card." "And I know a lot of people would say you can't say that about a woman, because of course a woman doesn't shout. But the way she shouted that message was not — that's the way she said it, and I guess I'll have to get used to a lot of that over the next four or five months."

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Following a Monday report in the Washington Post that Virginia McLaurin, the 107-year-old DC resident who danced with the Obamas, had been unable to obtain a new photo ID, DC has relaxed its ID requirements.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser on Tuesday announced a new regulation that allows residents over the age of 70 to obtain a photo ID without their birth certificate, according to the Washington Post. The regulation that adds to the list of documents accepted by the Department of Motor Vehicles is effective immediately.

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