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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Hailing it as a triumph for separation of powers, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said Thursday that the Supreme Court's tied vote that effectively blocks President Obama's immigration executive actions shows that the President "is not permitted to write laws."

"Today, Article I of the Constitution was vindicated. The Supreme Court’s ruling makes the president’s executive action on immigration null and void," Ryan said in a statement. "The Constitution is clear: The president is not permitted to write laws—only Congress is. This is another major victory in our fight to restore the separation of powers."

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Hillary Clinton expressed disappointment Thursday morning in the Supreme Court's "unacceptable" tied vote that effectively blocked President Obama's executive actions on immigration.

"Today’s deadlocked decision from the Supreme Court is unacceptable, and show us all just how high the stakes are in this election. As I have consistently said, I believe that President Obama acted well within his constitutional and legal authority in issuing the DAPA and DACA executive actions," Clinton said in a statement.

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The Texas attorney general on Thursday morning celebrated the Supreme Court's tied vote on President Obama's executive actions on immigration, which affirmed a lower court ruling that blocked the program.

"Today’s decision keeps in place what we have maintained from the very start: one person, even a president, cannot unilaterally change the law," Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement. "This is a major setback to President Obama’s attempts to expand executive power, and a victory for those who believe in the separation of powers and the rule of law."

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In a Thursday morning interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," co-host Joe Scarborough debated Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) on House Republicans refusal to consider legislation to keep people on the no fly list from buying guns.

Scarborough asked Cole why lawmakers have not nixed the terror watch lists if they believe the data is too flawed to use to determine who can purchase guns.

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Updated at 7:36 a.m. ET

The House adjourned until July 5 early Thursday morning as Democrats refused to end their sit-in on the House floor over Republican leadership's refusal to allow votes on gun control legislation in the wake of the deadly Orlando shooting.

Democrats began the sit-in on Wednesday morning in an attempt to compel House leaders to call votes on two measures before the chamber left for recess. Democrats are pushing for one amendment that would keep people on the no fly list from buying guns and another amendment that would expand background checks.

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Updated at 2:28 p.m. ET

In an attempt to compel Republican leadership to allow votes on gun control legislation, some Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday morning started a sit-in on the House floor.

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), an influential member of the civil rights movement, kicked off the protest with a speech, and then Democrats sat down on the House floor.

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Although Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has not yet announced whether he will run for re-election to the Senate, a new Quinnipiac poll released on Wednesday found Rubio leading both potential Democratic challengers in the race.

Rubio leads Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL) 47-40 and leads Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) 48-40, according to the Quinnipiac poll.

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House Democrats on Tuesday night again caused a ruckus over gun control, calling for Republican leadership to allow a vote on a measure that would keep people on the no fly list from buying guns.

Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) asked the House to bring the amendment up for a vote, but Republicans ignored the Democrat's question and did not allow a vote on the measure, according to Roll Call.

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