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 Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced Friday morning that he will attend a conference on social, economic, and environmental issues at the Vatican next week, an official at the academy said that the Democratic presidential candidate showed "discourtesy" by attending the event.

While the chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences told Bloomberg News that he invited Sanders to speak, the president of the academy said that all invitations to the conference had to come through her.

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) on Thursday indicated that she would not support a bill introduced on Wednesday that would require public restrooms to direct people to use the bathroom that aligns with their birth sex and would keep local governments from letting transgender individuals choose which bathroom to use.

Haley told reporters in South Carolina that she doesn't believe the bill is "necessary" and that her office hasn't received any complaints about the issue, according to The State.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Friday morning said that Hillary Clinton is qualified to be president, just a few days after listing numerous reasons he felt she was not qualified for the job during a Wednesday campaign rally.

During an interview on NBC's "Today," co-host Savannah Guthrie asked Sanders if he believes Clinton is qualified given what he now knows. Sanders has defended his remarks by noting that he was reacting to a Washington Post headline that said Clinton had questioned whether he was qualified for president.

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While defending his comments bashing "New York values" to Bill O'Reilly, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and the Fox News host engaged in a heated debate over Donald Trump's past contributions to Democrats' campaigns.

Cruz lamented that there's no room for those who are pro-life and believe in "traditional marriage" in New York. O'Reilly then argued that Trump "doesn't subscribe to any of that."

"Of course he does. He funded it," Cruz hit back.

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During an interview on CBS News, host Charlie Rose quizzed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on his recent remark that Hillary Clinton is not "qualified" to be president, asking the senator whether the tone of the Democratic primary has changed.

Sanders told Rose that he he was simply responding to Clinton and a headline in the Washington Post that said Clinton "questioned" whether Sanders was qualified, a defense Sanders used earlier in the say at a press conference.

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Rep. Pete King (R-NY), who has dismissed Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) presidential campaign since he launched his bid last year, on Thursday said that New York Republicans who vote for Cruz in the primary "should have their head examined."

"Really, here’s a guy who refused to sign onto the 9/11 health care act for the cops and fireman. Here’s a guy who talks about New York values," King said on the "Joe Piscopo Show" on AM 970 "The Answer," according to a clip posted by Buzzfeed News.

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Hillary Clinton on Thursday morning brushed off a Wednesday night comment made by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that the former secretary of state is not qualified to be president.

"It’s kind of a silly thing to say, but I'm going to trust the voters of New York, who know me, and have voted for me three times — twice for senate, once in the presidential primary," Clinton told reporters outside of a campaign event at Yankee Stadium in New York. "I don't know why he is saying that, but I will take Bernie Sanders over Donald Trump or Ted Cruz any time."

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The Tennessee state legislature on Wednesday advanced two separate pieces of legislation that target LGBT individuals, eliciting outcries from the business community.

The state House on Wednesday passed a bill that would allow counselors to deny services to individuals based on sincerely held beliefs, letting them refuse to help gay individuals. State Rep. Dan Howell (R) has pushed the legislation in response to a change in the American Counseling Association's ethics code that tells counselors not to refer clients "based solely on the counselor's personally held values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors."

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The executives of eight companies on Wednesday signed onto an open letter urging Mississippi lawmakers to repeal a new law that allows businesses to deny services to LGBT individuals, the Human Rights Campaign announced on Wednesday.

Executives from GE, Dow Chemical, PepsiCo, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Hyatt Hotels, Choice Hotels, Levi Strauss, and Whole Foods Market all signed onto the letter, joining numerous other companies that had already spoken out against the law.

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