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 North Carolina state legislature on Thursday passed compromise legislation that would largely undo the state's anti-LGBT law known as HB2, sending the bill to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's desk.

Republican leaders of the state legislature announced that they had reached a deal with Cooper on Wednesday night. Lawmakers in the state rushed to find a compromise on repealing the law after the NCAA threatened to withhold future championship games from the state if the law stayed in place.

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During a hearing on Thursday for the Senate Intelligence Committee's probe into Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) called on the panel to investigate the finances of President Donald Trump and his associates.

Wyden said that a "key to a successful investigation is following the money," specifying that the probe should look into entities associated with the Trump Organization.

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In an interview that aired Thursday morning, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said that House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) spoke with a "whistle-blower type person" before alleging that information on President Donald Trump and his associates was incidentally collected by the intelligence community.

"He had told me that — like, a whistleblower-type person had given him some information that was new that spoke to the last administration and part of this investigation,” Ryan told CBS News. “He briefs me about it, didn’t know the content of it, only knew the nature of it and that he was going to brief others.”

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Republican leaders in the North Carolina state legislature announced on Wednesday night that they had reached a deal with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to repeal the anti-LGBT law known as HB2.

However, both progressive and conservative groups are unhappy with the compromise, leaving the future of the deal uncertain. Lawmakers are expected to begin voting on the bill Thursday morning.

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FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday evening addressed the challenges of serving as the leader of the FBI in such a partisan environment.

"I know that when I make a hard decision, a storm is going to follow," he said at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance Leadership dinner in Washington, D.C., per CNN. "Honestly, I don't care."

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Republican legislators and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) are struggling to come to an agreement to reverse the state's anti-LGBT law, known as HB2, as a deadline set by the NCAA for its repeal fast approaches.

The NCAA has said that it will not hold championship games in the state until lawmakers repeal the law, which bars local non-discrimination protections for LGBT people and prohibits transgender people form using the public bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity. A local sports event planner confirmed Tuesday that lawmakers had just 48 hours to repeal HB2 before the collegiate league decides on championship locations through 2022.

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A bank in Cyprus had investigated several bank accounts linked to Paul Manafort for potential money-laundering, NBC News reported early Wednesday morning, citing two unnamed "banking sources."

Beginning in 2007, Manafort, former campaign chair to President Donald Trump, was linked to at least 15 bank accounts and 10 companies on Cyprus, the sources told NBC News. And at least one of those companies took in millions of dollars from an ally to Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to court documents reviewed by the news outlet.

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