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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

Several Republican North Carolina state lawmakers are shooting down rumors that the legislature could expand the number of seats on the state Supreme Court, allowing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory (R) to appoint Republicans to those seats and flip the state's top court back to Republican control.

Democrats won back a majority on the court on Election Day, and McCrory appears poised to lose his re-election bid to Democratic state Attorney General Roy Cooper, prompting reports that Republicans could use a special session to pack the court before McCrory leaves office.

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President Obama said on Sunday that while he will respect Donald Trump when he takes office, but he suggested that if Trump's plans or actions go against certain "values" and "ideals," he may speak up.

"I want to be respectful of the office and give the President-elect an opportunity to put forward his platform and his arguments without somebody popping off in every instance," Obama said at a press conference in Lima, Peru, talking about his post-presidency plans.

"As an American citizen who cares deeply about our country, if there are issues that have less to do with the specifics of some legislative proposal or battle but go to core questions about our values and our ideals, and if I think that it is necessary or helpful for me to defend those ideals, I’ll examine it when it comes," the President added.

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Donald Trump told reporters on Sunday that while he plans on moving into the White House in January, his wife, Melania Trump, and youngest son, Barron Trump, will not join him right away.

Trump told reporters outside his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, that his wife and son would join him "very soon" but after Barron Trump is "finished with school," according to the President-elect pool report.

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Reince Priebus, who will serve as Donald Trump's chief of staff, on Sunday appeared open to the administration creating a registry of visitors and immigrants from certain countries.

"I’m not gonna rule out anything, but we’re not gonna have a registry based on a religion," Priebus said on NBC's "Meet the Press" when asked if Trump would set up a Muslim registry.

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When asked on Sunday about Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) pledge to push back on any attempts to renew the practice of waterboarding, Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Sunday did not rule out the possibility of a Trump administration using the practice that many experts say constitutes torture.

“What I can tell you is that going forward, as he outlined in that famous speech in Ohio, that a President Donald Trump is going to focus on confronting and defeating radical Islamic terrorism as a threat to this country,” Pence said on CBS' "Face the Nation" if Trump would bring back waterboarding. “And we’re going to have a president again who will never say what we’ll never do.”

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis police sergeant was hospitalized in critical condition but expected to survive after being shot Sunday night in what the police chief called an "ambush."

Police Chief Sam Dotson said the 46-year-old officer was shot twice in the face. The male suspect was later killed in a shootout with police.

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As Donald Trump's transition team officially announced that retired Gen. Michael Flynn had been named Trump's national security adviser, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, on Friday asked for documents about Flynn's "apparent conflicts of interest."

Cummings sent a letter to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, the head of Trump's transition team, requesting information on Flynn's work with his consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, Inc., citing reports that Flynn received classified briefings during the campaign while lobbying the United States government on behalf of foreign governments.

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Still trailing his Democratic challenger by about 5,000 votes, Gov. Pat McCrory (R) on Thursday announced 50 new elections complaints alleging that votes were cast by people who were either dead, convicted felons, or had already voted.

The ballot-counting in the hard-fought race is now in its second week, with ballot challenges and provisional ballot tabulating as McCrory tries to make up the gap on Democratic state Attorney General Roy Cooper.

"Now we know why Roy Cooper fought so hard against voter ID and other efforts to combat voter fraud as attorney general,” Russell Peck, McCrory’s campaign manager, said in a statement. “With each passing day, we discover more and more cases of voting fraud and irregularities. We intend to make sure that every vote is properly counted and serious voter fraud concerns are addressed before the results of the election can be determined.”

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Donald Trump has decided to nominate Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), who was the first senator to back Trump, to be his attorney general, according to Friday morning reports from CBS News, Bloomberg News, and the New York Times.

CBS News reported that Trump "offered" the post to Sessions, citing "sources directly involved in the selection process," while Bloomberg News reported that Trump had chosen Sessions but that it was unclear whether the senator had officially been offered the post. The New York Times reported that Trump has "selected" Sessions to be his attorney general.

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