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

After Donald Trump said that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's (R) endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was unconvincing, the governor wrote a Sunday op-ed detailing why he backs Cruz's presidential bid.

"In making my decision to support Ted, I am guided by the principles best espoused by former President Ronald Reagan," Pence wrote in an op-ed in the Indianapolis Star. "I am a Reagan Republican; drawn to his vision of less taxes, less government, traditional values and a strong military. Ted articulates that same agenda with an unwavering devotion to our Constitution, the sanctity of life, and the freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights."

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During a Sunday rally in Indiana, Donald Trump railed against the United States' trade deficit with China, charging that China has committed "rape" against the U.S.

"We can't continue to allow China to rape our country, and that's what they're doing," Trump said in Fort Wayne, Indiana. "It’s the greatest theft in the history of the world."

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North Carolina state Sen. Tom Apodaca (R), the state Senate Rules chairman, said on Tuesday that he's considering placing the bathroom provision in the new anti-LGBT law on the ballot in November.

"If it were up to me, I'd just put it out to a vote of the people. Let them decide what they want to do. And I floated that idea," he told North Carolina television station WLOS. "Let's put it on the ballot and get it over with once and for all. If the majority wants this, fine. If they don't, fine."

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Donald Trump used his Wednesday foreign policy speech to tie former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to President Obama and the United States' strategy in the Middle East, painting the two Democrats as interventionists.

"We’re a humanitarian nation, but the legacy of the Obama-Clinton interventions will be weakness, confusion, and disarray. A mess. We’ve made the Middle East more unstable and chaotic than ever before," Trump said.

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During his Wednesday foreign policy speech, Donald Trump said that the United States must become less predictable in order to defeat the Islamic State.

"Their days are numbered," he said, referring to ISIL. "I won’t tell them where, and I won’t tell them how."

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Donald Trump opened his Wednesday foreign policy speech in Washington, D.C., by introducing the overarching theme of his foreign policy proposals: put America first.

He said that his foreign policy strategy will replace "randomness with purpose, ideology with strategy and chaos with peace." And he said that his plans will always put the security of Americans first.

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In one Alabama town it is now a crime for transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice.

In response to complaints from residents over Target's announcement that transgender employees and customers are able to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity, the city council in Oxford, Alabama, passed a bathroom measure that would slap people with a $500 fine and six months in jail, according to the Anniston Star.

The city council passed the measure on Tuesday, directing people to use the public bathroom that corresponds to their birth sex, and making the violation of the new law a misdemeanor crime.

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Stephen Colbert took on "bathroom bills" like the sweeping anti-LGBT law in North Carolina during "The Late Show" on Tuesday, calling out the "weirdos" who insist on regulating bathroom use.

"I don't care if you're male or female, what sex or gender identity someone is," Colbert said. "I — and I mean this sincerely — do not want to share a bathroom with anyone. Okay? For two reasons: number one and number two," Colbert said.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told reporters on Wednesday that he will make a "major announcement" in Indiana at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Hoping to keep the media spotlight focused on his longshot campaign to wrest the nomination from Trump after losses in Tuesday night's primary, Cruz told reporters on Wednesday morning that he hopes Indiana voters will back his "positive, optimistic, forward-looking, conservative campaign."

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