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

Megyn Kelly on Wednesday night confirmed that she met with Donald Trump on Wednesday morning, and said that she was able to "clear the air" with the Republican presidential frontrunner after he has repeatedly slammed the Fox News anchor.

"The meeting was at my request and Mr. Trump was gracious enough to agree to it. We met for about an hour, just the two of us, and had a chance to clear the air," Kelly said on her Fox News show. "Mr. Trump and I discussed the possibility of an interview, and I hope we will have news to announce on that soon."

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Not surprisingly, LGBT advocacy groups were singularly unimpressed by the flailing effort of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) to minimize the damage from the state's new anti-gay law.

"The governor’s action is an insufficient response to a terrible, misguided law that continues to harm LGBT people on a daily basis," Human Rights Campaign legal director Sarah Warbelow said in a statement.

McCrory issued an executive order Tuesday in an attempt to quell concerns about the sweeping legislation he signed into law last month that overrode local measures protecting LGBT people from discrimination. While the order seeks legislation restoring the right of private sector employees to sue their employers in state court if they were discriminated against, the order largely stands by the original intent of the law. McCrory extended protections for gay and transgender state government employees, but left the law's provisions regarding discrimination against LGBT individuals and bathroom use unchanged.

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) spent Tuesday scrambling to try to undo some of the damage done by the anti-gay law he signed last month.

It didn't go so well.

The new law -- which yanked local discrimination protections for LGBT people and limited employees' ability to sue over workplace discrimination of all kinds -- provoked a national outcry and a growing economic boycott of North Carolina. In response Tuesday, McCrory tried to back away from some of the law's provisions while still stubbornly defending the man part of the law that targets LGBT citizens.

The difficulty of that two-step dance -- and McCrory's clumsiness in pulling it off --- was most obvious in an extended interview with Time Warner News. During the interview, McCrory's flailing defenses ran the gamut, from pointing out that he didn't call the special session where the rushed legislation was introduced to claiming that he knew before he signed it that there were things that would have to be fixed in the bill.

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Ivanka Trump on Tuesday said that she learned that she would be unable to register as a Republican to vote for her father about a week after the deadline had passed.

"I’m an independent, and I’ve always voted based on the candidate, as opposed to based on the party. And it was actually a very interesting experience," she told CNN when asked to explain how she missed the deadline to register as a member of the GOP.

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Hillary Clinton addressed the the racially charged joke included in a skit she participated in over the weekend, telling Cosmopolitan on Tuesday that she was just a participant in New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's skit.

"Well, look, it was Mayor de Blasio's skit. He has addressed it, and I will really defer to him because it is something that he's already talked about," Clinton told Cosmopolitan when asked whether the joke was inappropriate.

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Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) presidential bid in a New York Times op-ed published Wednesday morning, becoming the first sitting U.S. senator to back Sanders.

"After considering the biggest challenges facing our nation and the future I want for my children and our country, I have decided to become the first member of the Senate to support my colleague Bernie Sanders for president," Merkley wrote in the op-ed.

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This post has been updated.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) on Tuesday issued an executive order clarifying portions of a sweeping anti-gay law. The order also extended rights to certain state employees and sought legislative changes to the provision that impacts employment discrimination.

"After listening to people’s feedback for the past several weeks on this issue, I have come to the conclusion that there is a great deal of misinformation, misinterpretation, confusion, a lot of passion and frankly, selective outrage and hypocrisy, especially against the great state of North Carolina," he said in a statement accompanying the order. "Based upon this feedback, I am taking action to affirm and improve the state’s commitment to privacy and equality."

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