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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

After Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday called the presidential campaign an "embarrassment," Donald Trump on Monday morning tore into Kerry's record in the Obama administration.

"I'm shocked by him," Trump said on "Fox and Friends." "And I'm shocked that he would sign a deal like the Iran deal, which is one of the worst and dumbest deals I've ever seen negotiated —a horrible, horrible embarrassment deal."

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Following a report that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) may win more delegates in Louisiana's primary than Donald Trump, even though Trump won the state, the Republican presidential frontrunner threatened to file a lawsuit on Sunday.

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) late Wednesday night signed rushed legislation that, as is widely known, eliminates local governments' ability to pass anti-discrimination measures to protect gay and transgender individuals. But what received less immediate attention was that the new law guts workplace discrimination protections for virtually everyone.

A section of the new law alters the state's law that had allowed private sector employees to sue their employers under state discrimination law discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap.

"It takes away a right that people have had for 30 years," Bill Rowe, the director of advocacy at the North Carolina Justice Center told TPM on Friday. "It’s a pretty big change that caught us all by surprise."

Due to differences between filing a suit in federal court, as opposed to state court, this change could discourage people from filing an employment discrimination claim, Rowe said. The statute of limitations for filing in federal court is much shorter, and the court filing fee is higher on the federal level as well. There are also fewer federal district courts in the state, making it less convenient for some workers to sue.

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After North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday night signed a bill that prohibits cities from passing anti-discrimination measures, numerous companies with business in the state have expressed opposition to the bill and the NBA may consider re-locating its 2017 All-Star game.

State lawmakers passed the legislation during a special legislature session after Charlotte approved an ordinance aimed at protecting LGBT individuals in public places like schools.

The NBA on Thursday suggested that the league may move the 2017 All-Star game out of Charlotte in a statement.

"The NBA is dedicated to creating an inclusive enviornment for all who attend our games and events. We are deeply concerned that this discriminatory law runs counter to our guiding principles of equality and mutual respect and do not yet know what impact it will have on our ability to successfully host the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte," the league said in a statement.

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Katrina Pierson, a spokeswoman for Donald Trump, defended her boss' attacks on Heidi Cruz Thursday evening in a heated exchange with Alice Stewart, a spokeswoman for Sen. Ted cruz (R-TX), on CNN.

CNN's Erin Burnett began the segment by asking Pierson if she was offended by her boss' actions after Trump retweeted an unflattering photo of Heidi Cruz in response to an anti-Trump super PAC ad featuring a picture of Melania Trump in a GQ photo shoot.

"No, Erin, actually, I’m one of those women that doesn’t need validation from outside sources," Pierson responded, adding that Cruz did not immediately denounce the super PAC ad.

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Time Warner joined numerous other companies on Thursday in urging Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) to veto a bill that would keep the government from taking action against groups funded by taxpayer dollars with "a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction" that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

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Progressive groups and lawmakers blasted state politicians after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed a bill Wednesday night that keeps cities from passing anti-discrimination measures.

The new law, rushed through a special session of the legislature called by McCrory, was ostensibly intended to block a Charlotte ordinance that would provide protections for LGBT individuals in public spaces, but LGBT advocates note the law goes much farther.

"Governor McCrory’s reckless decision to sign this appalling legislation into law is a direct attack on the rights, well-being, and dignity of hundreds of thousands of LGBT North Carolinians and visitors to the state," Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said in a statement. "This outrageous new law not only strips away the ability of local jurisdictions to protect LGBT people from discrimination, but it goes further and targets transgender students who deserve to be treated equally at school -- not harassed and excluded. Governor McCrory’s action will be judged sorely by history and serve as a source of deep shame, remorse, and regret."

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who has started fundraising for Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) presidential campaign, said on Thursday morning that his support for the Texas senator is not about winning the election, suggesting that he would rather Republicans lose the election than see Donald Trump win the nomination.

During an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Graham was asked if he was concerned that the Republican party could split into two wings.

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) on Wednesday said that she doesn't believe it is fair of Republican senators to block any Supreme Court nominee from President Obama.

"I think it’s simply not fair and not right to say that no matter who the President was going to nominate, that we should not look at this person the way that we normally would do," she told the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. "That doesn’t mean that I’ve reached a decision on Judge Merrick [Garland]. That’s what the process is for."

Collins has previously said that she believes the Senate should hold hearings and that she was willing to meet with Garland. On Wednesday, she said she would meet with Garland in early April.

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