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

A week ago Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) commandeered national media attention when he appeared live on CNN to announce that he was not yet able to back Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee.

Tuesday his spokesperson sent an email addressed to "The Fourth Estate" begging reporters to stop obsessing over Donald Trump and instead focus on House bills to address the opioid crisis.

"You should know that Thursday’s Ryan/Trump meeting is not the most important thing happening in DC this week. While it's a busy week on the political front, it also happens to be an important week on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives," spokeswoman AshLee Strong wrote in an email to reporters.

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In a Monday letter to the Department of Education, all 10 GOP members of North Carolina's congressional delegation sent a letter to U.S. Education Secretary John King demanding that he not cut off education funding to the state over its controversial law keeping transgender people from using the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity.

"We request that you provide us with immediate assurances that you are not directing or otherwise condoning any efforts of your agency to curtail federal funds designated for North Carolina based on a perceived violation of law that was passed by Congress," the GOP members wrote, demanding a response from King by Friday.

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During a radio interview with Glenn Beck on Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) dodged a question about whether he will be able to support Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee.

"This is a choice every voter is going to have to make," Cruz said when asked whether he will back Trump.

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Inserting himself into a school district issue, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) called Monday for the removal of the superintendent of the Forth Worth school district over his new policy making accommodations for transgender students.

Superintendent Kent Scribner proposed the new policy in April to allow transgender students to use the bathroom and play on the sports team that corresponds to their gender identity, according to the Star-Telegram. The policy also calls on teachers to address transgender students by the pronoun that aligns with their gender identity.

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With the federal government and the state of North Carolina suing each other over the controversial law keeping transgender people from using public bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity, the University of North Carolina is unsure of how to proceed.

In a Tuesday afternoon statement, UNC President Margaret Spellings explained that while the school is committed to combatting discrimination, it is also compelled to follow state law.

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Cliven Bundy will file a lawsuit against the federal government on Tuesday, asserting that they violated his constitutional rights, The Hill reported late Monday.

Bundy will file the suit on Tuesday against President Obama, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Reid's son, former Clark County Commission Chairman Rory Reid, and U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro, according to The Hill.

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In an interview taped last week before he offered an apology for his past remarks about Donald Trump, former Mexican President Vincente Fox railed against the Republican presidential candidate and his proposed wall along the United States' border with Mexico.

"Wake up Americans, he’s a false prophet," Fox said in a clip of the "Kick Ass Politics" podcast highlighted by Buzzfeed News. "Think about it, analyze what he’s proposing. Count the amount of lies he says in every speech. Everyday he lies and lies with figures because his sole interest is to do personal business, to get greedy, to get more money, to put the Trump name everywhere in the world."

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Donald Trump on Monday said that he could exempt London's new mayor from his proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States if he is elected president.

"There will always be exceptions," Trump told the Times when asked if London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who is Muslim, would be allowed into the country under Trump's proposed ban.

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