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

The Mississippi House on Friday passed a religious freedom bill that would allow businesses and public employees to deny services to people based on the belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman, sending the legislation to Gov. Phil Bryant (R).

The bill, passed by the state Senate earlier this week, also allows businesses to deny services based on the belief that "sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage" and that the belief that gender is determined at birth.

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Hillary Clinton on Thursday slammed Donald Trump's comments about punishments that would come with a ban on abortion, but noted that he was only vocalizing a position that all Republicans hold.

"It was outrageous that he would be advocating for women who exercise their constitutional right and have autonomy over their healthcare decisions would be criminals along with the doctors that served them," she told Business Insider. "He did try to walk it back, I think pretty unconvincingly."

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Reince Priebus, the chair of the Republican National Committee, said on Thursday evening that he's not concerned about the three remaining Republican presidential candidates' comments suggesting they may break a pledge to support the eventual nominee.

"We’re going into potentially — we don’t know for sure — but potentially an open convention. So the candidates, I think, are going to posture a little bit as far as what they are willing to do and who they’re willing to support and who they’re not," he told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren.

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Since North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory last week signed rushed legislation that keeps local governments from passing anti-discrimination measures that protect gay and transgender individuals, pressure from businesses has only increased.

Numerous companies including PayPal and Google were quick to denounce the law last week. On Tuesday, 80 executives signed a letter condemning the law, warning that it could "diminish the state's draw as a destination for tourism, new businesses, and economic activity." And on Thursday, 16 more executives signed the letter, including those from Reddit and CitiBank.

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Donald Trump's campaign on Wednesday released a letter from the Republican presidential candidate's lawyers showing that Trump's tax returns going back to 2009 are still under audit.

Trump's attorneys wrote that the real estate mogul's tax returns have been audited since 2002, and that his audits from 2002 to 2008 have been closed. But they said that Trump's returns from 2009 and beyond are still under audit.

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During a town hall on MSNBC Wednesday, Donald Trump indicated that if he implemented a ban on Muslims entering the United States, he would still allow his wealthy Muslim friends to come into the country.

After moderator Chris Matthews asked Trump how a ban on Muslim immigrants would encourage people to fight the Islamic State, Trump said, "I have been called by more Muslims saying what you are doing is a great thing, not a bad thing."

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Greg Gutfeld, a co-host of Fox News' "The Five," acknowledged on Wednesday that Donald Trump's candidacy has created a lot of tension at the network between anchors.

During a conversation about the Republican presidential candidates wavering on whether they will support the eventual nominee, Gutfeld pointed out that there's not just strife within the Republican party, but among conservatives in general and at Fox News.

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Dr. Ben Carson on Wednesday evening defended Donald Trump after the Republican presidential candidate said that if abortion were illegal there should be punishment for women who seek it before quickly walking his comment back.

"Bear in mind, I don't believe that he was warned that that question was coming, and I don't think he really had a chance to really think about it," Carson said on CNN. "That happens very frequently, and you know, what you develop with experience is how to answer that in a way that is not definitive. You know how politicians are. He hasn’t really learned that because he's not a politician."

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