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

Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) presidential campaign have secured permits to hold rallies near the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

The Sanders backers, who are not officially associated with the campaign, got a four-day permit for rallies at FDR Park, which is located next to the convention venue, the Wells Fargo Center. The city anticipates 30,000 people will attend the gathering, and the organizers told the Wall Street Journal that they're hoping for more.

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Michigan state House Speaker Kevin Cotter may have to testify during court proceedings in the criminal case against former Michigan state representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat, who left the legislature last year after attempting to cover up their affair.

The Tea Party representatives were hit with felony charges for allegedly lying to state officials about their extramarital affair together.

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Legislators in Oklahoma have taken the freakout over the Obama administration's guidance on accommodating transgender students to a new level with legislation aimed at undermining the guidelines and a resolution calling for the President's impeachment.

Legislation introduced on Thursday by Republican lawmakers in the state senate and house would provide religious accommodations for students who do not want to share a bathroom with transgender students.

Schools would have to provide a restroom only used by people with the same sex "as identified at birth" for students who request a religious accommodation, and the bill states that letting those students use a single-occupancy restroom "shall not be an allowable accommodation."

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During a fundraiser to help New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) retire his campaign debt on Thursday night, Donald Trump told the governor that he was banned from eating Oreos.

While discussing trade, Trump referenced Oreos, which Trump swore off in August when Oreo's parent company added production plants in Mexico and downsized operations in Chicago.

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After Hillary Clinton on Thursday said that Donald Trump is not qualified to be president, the two presidential candidates launched into a back and forth over the Republican presidential candidate's proposed Muslim ban and comments in support of using torture.

During an interview on CNN, Clinton criticized Trump's proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States, as well as other "irresponsible, reckless, dangerous comments."

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Shouts erupted in the House gallery Thursday morning after several Republican members switched their votes, defeating an amendment that would have preserved anti-discrimination protections for LGBT employees of federal contractors.

The procedural maneuvering is a little complicated but here's the gist: Late Wednesday, the House had passed defense legislation which included language that undermines an executive order from President Obama that prohibited federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people. Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY) then offered an amendment that would have reversed the anti-LGBT provision in the defense bill.

That's when things got interesting.

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Despite some lingering misgivings about Donald Trump, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), the No. 4 Republican in the House, said on Wednesday that she has decided to back the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

McMorris Rodgers, the chair of the House Republican Conference, detailed her feelings on Trump in a lengthy Facebook post on Wednesday night revealing that she voted for him in the Washington state primary.

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Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) on Wednesday introduced a bill that would undermine guidelines issued by the Obama administration directing schools to let transgender students use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity.

The legislation would instead grant state and local authorities the power to determine school policies regarding bathroom use.

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Tuesday called for Americans to use civil disobedience to resist the Obama administrations guidelines on how schools should accommodate transgender students.

"We should call for civil disobedience here. And there’s no reason for us to follow an unconstitutional edict from the president, who is on his way out the door," he said on Simon Conway's radio show, according to audio posted by Buzzfeed News.

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Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday said that if a another situation like the chaos at the Nevada Democratic Convention occurs again, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will need to be more vocal in condemning the actions of his supporters.

"That’s not Bernie,” Biden told reporters in Ohio when asked about the ruckus from Sanders backers at the Nevada convention over the weekend, according to the Huffington Post. "And what Bernie’s going to have to do if that happens again — he’s going to have to be more aggressive in speaking out about it."

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