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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

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who has long had a contentious relationship with his Texas colleague Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), again declined to endorse Cruz's presidential bid on Monday, and instead dissed his colleague for coming to the Capitol simply to launch a presidential bid.

"Clearly, he didn’t come here to remain in the Senate. He came here to run for president. And I think that perhaps explains the difference in tactics," Cornyn told Texas radio station KERA News while discussing how he differs from Cruz.

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No beating around the bush by the Republican nominee for attorney general in North Carolina: The state's new anti-LGBT law is about keeping North Carolina "straight."

During a Monday rally in the state capital Raleigh with supporters of the law that keeps transgender people from using the public bathroom of their choice, state Sen. Buck Newton, the GOP nominee for attorney general, strayed from the typical conservative talking points about public safety.

"Go home, tell your friends and family who had to work today what this is all about and how hard we must fight to keep our state straight," Newton told attendees at the rally, according to a video posted by Progress North Carolina Action.

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During a Tuesday morning phone interview on NBC's "Today," the co-hosts asked Ohio Gov. John Kasich to explain his deal with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to divide and conquer a few upcoming primaries, given that Kasich on Monday told voters to still support him in Indiana.

However, Kasich would not acknowledge how his comments about the approach voters should take in Indiana — a state reserved for Cruz in the deal — might undermine the candidates' strategy to stop Donald Trump from clinching the nomination ahead of the Republican convention.

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During a town hall with MSNBC's Chris Hayes on Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) told a supporter that it's his choice whether to back Hillary Clinton if she becomes the Democratic presidential nominee.

A audience member who said he backs Sanders' candidacy asked the senator whether he will encourage his supporters to back Clinton if she wins the nomination.

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A video of Virginia McLaurin dancing with the Obamas went viral in February, but the 107-year-old DC resident has been unable to travel for a flood of interview requests, as she has been unable to replace a photo ID she lost years ago, according to Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy.

It's a glimpse into how difficult obtaining a photo ID can be for some people. In McLaurin's case it's a bureaucratic catch 22. In order for McLaurin to receive a new photo ID, she must present the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles with her birth certificate from South Carolina. But she needs a photo ID to get the birth certificate, she told Milloy.

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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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