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

Facing backlash over the state's sweeping anti-LGBT law, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's (R) re-election campaign on Tuesday criticized musicians who have cancelled their shows in the state to protest the law, accusing them of channeling "selective outrage."

Ricky Diaz, a spokesman for McCrory's gubernatorial campaign, wrote in a statement obtained by The Carolina Mercury that "it is the height of hypocrisy for these Hollywood elitists to deny their service to customers over a political disagreement."

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While touting "New York values" during a campaign speech in Buffalo, New York, on Monday, Donald Trump mentioned that he helped to clear rubble at Ground Zero following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

"Everyone who helped clear the rubble -- and I was there, and I watched, and I helped a little bit -- but I want to tell you: Those people were amazing," Trump said. "Clearing the rubble. Trying to find additional lives. You didn't know what was going to come down on all of us -- and they handled it. Every small act of kindness, every great act of courage, those are New York values."

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Douglas County, Colorado, will begin arming school security guards with semiautomatic rifles within the next month in order to protect students from mass shootings, according to the Denver Post.

Security officers will begin using the rifles after they complete the same 20-hour training that police officers go through, according to the Denver Post. Some security officers will receive the guns within a month, while others will get them in August.

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Following news reports that Donald Trump's field director had resigned amidst changes in the staff hierarchy at the campaign, Trump lashed out at Politico and the New York Daily News during a Tuesday morning interview on "Fox and Friends."

Politico was the first to report that the campaign's field director, Stuart Jolly, resigned from the campaign after new Trump aides Paul Manafort and Rick Wiley were given a larger role. According to Politico, Trump indicated at a Saturday meeting with top staffers that Manafort and Wiley would take charge of the remaining May and June primaries.

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Donald Trump's field director, Stuart Jolly, resigned on Monday after Trump reportedly ordered a reorganization of campaign staff heading into the remaining primary contests.

"I want to express my deepest gratitude for the opportunity to serve you and your campaign over the past 7 months," Jolly wrote in his resignation letter, according to the New York Times. "The journey has been extraordinary and many experiences on this journey will never be forgotten."

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During a campaign event in Buffalo, New York, on Monday, Donald Trump referred to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York City as "7-11."

"I was down there and I watched our police and our firemen, down on 7-11, down at the World Trade Center, right after it came down, and I saw the greatest people I’ve ever seen in action," he said.

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During an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," moderator Chuck Todd quizzed North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) on the new sweeping anti-LGBT legislation that he signed into law in late March.

Citing backlash from major corporations, Todd asked McCrory if he regreted signing the rushed legislation.

In response, McCrory blamed the city of Charlotte for "government overreach" with its ordinance providing protections from discrimination for LGBT individuals and allowing transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity.

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