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

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) acknowledged last month that with Donald Trump at the top of the Republican ticket, he could have to fight for his Senate seat harder than ever before, according to a recording from an Arizona fundraiser obtained by Politico.

"Have no doubt that if it is Donald Trump at the top of the ticket, here in Arizona, with over 30 percent of the vote being the Hispanic vote, no doubt that this may be the race of my life," McCain said in the recording published by Politico on Thursday morning.

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During a Wednesday interview on Fox News Radio, Ben Carson, who will likely help Donald Trump choose a running mate, proposed making Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) Trump's attorney general and then nominating him to sit on the Supreme Court.

"I think he would be terrific on the Supreme Court, or I think he would be a terrific attorney general. Or he could be both," Carson said when asked if Cruz would make for a good Supreme Court pick. "He could be attorney general first, you know, go ahead and prosecute Hillary, and then go on the Supreme Court."

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) on Wednesday night balked at a letter from the Justice Department informing the state that its new anti-LGBT law violates the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

McCrory said at an event with business leaders that the letter was "something we’ve never seen regarding Washington overreach in my lifetime," according to the Charlotte Observer.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has written a letter to Target scolding the store for its policy allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice and asking the company about its policies to protect women in the bathroom, according to Fox News' Todd Starnes.

"It is possible that allowing men in women’s restrooms could lead to criminal and otherwise unwanted activity," Paxton wrote in the letter, according to Fox News. "As chief lawyer and law enforcement officer for the State of Texas, I ask that you provide the full text of Target’s safety policies regarding the protection of women and children from those who would use the cover of Target’s restroom policy for nefarious purposes."

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Donald Trump told the New York Times on Wednesday that Ben Carson will sit on his committee to help select a running mate now that the real estate mogul is the presumptive Republican nominee.

"I’ll set up a committee, and that I will do soon," Trump said when asked how he will choose a vice presidential running mate. "I think on the committee I’ll have Dr. Ben Carson and some other folks."

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As Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee with a decisive win in the Indiana primary, Democratic candidates in a handful of tough races quickly linked their Republican opponents to Trump.

With Trump at the top of the ticket in November, close Senate races could become even tougher for Republicans, and the real estate mogul's candidacy could put additional states into play, like Arizona and Iowa.

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland's (D) campaign on Tuesday night issued a short statement taunting incumbent Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) over the prospect of running with Trump at the top of the ticket.

"Here are the 5 words that are striking fear into Senator Rob Portman: presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump," Strickland spokesman David Bergstein said in a statement.

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After Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee with a victory in Tuesday night's Indiana primary, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus tried his best to rally the party behind Trump.

During a Wednesday morning interview on CNN's "New Day," co-host Alisyn Camerota asked Priebus, "Did you ever think this is where you would be this morning?"

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Donald Trump on Wednesday morning would not apologize for referencing a National Enquirer story alleging that Rafael Cruz, the father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), was seen with Lee Harvey Oswald before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

"All I was doing was referring to a picture that was reported and in a magazine, and I think they didn’t deny it. I don’t think anybody denied it," Trump said on ABC's "Good Morning America" when asked if he owed Rafael Cruz an apology. "I don’t know what it was exactly, but it was a major story in a major publication, and it was picked up by many other publications."

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