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 on Sunday warned that if the United States continues to allow Syrian refugees to resettle in the country, they will carry out a major terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

During an interview on the National Border Security Council's "Green Line" radio show, Trump was asked if it will take another attack on the same scale as the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks for Americans to call for increased border security.

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During a commencement address at Bridgewater State University on Saturday, Elizabeth Warren referenced her Twitter battle with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The Massachusetts senator told graduates that her life has been full of "mistakes and twists and turns and failures."

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White House spokesperson John Earnest on Friday brushed off remarks from Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) that the administration's guidance to schools on how to accommodate transgender students amounts to "blackmail."

"Well I think this does underscore the risk of electing a right-wing radio host to a elected statewide office," Earnest said during a press briefing when asked to respond to Patrick's concern about the letter.

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An interview between CNN's Ashleigh Banfield and Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) about the Obama administration's new guidelines for schools to accommodate transgender students devolved when Banfield asked Patrick how schools should treat students who have identified as transgender from birth.

"In a circumstance where a person who is born with female anatomy and all that person’s life has identified — dresses as a male, acts as a male, looks exactly to anyone as a male, feels as a male, behaves as a male, you're saying that that person should be in the girls bathroom?" Banfield asked.

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In a statement bashing the Obama administration's letter directing schools on how to accommodate transgender students, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton signaled that the state could bring legal action against the administration.

"Once again, the Obama Administration has overstepped its constitutional bounds to meddle in the affairs of state and local government. Today’s announcement seeking to unilaterally redefine and expand federal law must be challenged," Paxton said in the statement. "If President Obama thinks he can bully Texas schools into allowing men to have open access to girls in bathrooms, he better prepare for yet another legal fight."

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) on Friday morning blasted the Obama administration's new letter directing schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

"We will not yield to blackmail from the President of the United States," Patrick said in a press conference responding to the administration's letter. "We will not sell out our children to the federal government. And the people of Texas and the legislature will find a way to find as much of that money as we can if we are forced to. There is no compromise on this issue."

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After remarking on Wednesday that his proposal bar Muslims from entering the United States was "just a suggestion," Donald Trump on Friday morning said that he is not "softening" his position on the ban.

"Well, I’m not the president right now, so anything I suggest is really a suggestion. And if I were president, I’d put in legislation and do what I have to do," Trump said when first asked by NBC's "Today" co-host Matt Lauer if he was "softening" his stance on the Muslim ban.

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Donald Trump on Thursday night lashed out at Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, arguing that Bezos bought the Washington Post to gain political power and keep Trump from cracking down on Amazon as president.

"Every hour we’re getting calls from reporters from The Washington Post asking ridiculous questions and I will tell you, this is owned as a toy by Jeff Bezos, who controls Amazon. Amazon is getting away with murder tax-wise. He’s using the Washington Post for power so that the politicians in Washington don’t tax Amazon like they should be taxed," Trump said when Fox News' Sean Hannity asked about a comment from Bob Woodward that the Post had assigned 20 reporters to cover Trump.

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Donald Trump on Thursday night said that he had a "great meeting" with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) earlier in the day and that he does not have a problem slowly winning Ryan's support.

"I think he’s doing a good job. He’s got not an easy job, and I don’t mind going through a little bit of a slow process. It’s a very big subject," Trump said when Fox News' Sean Hannity asked if it was also Ryan's job to unite the party.

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