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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

Baylor University's board of regents announced Thursday that Ken Starr would be removed as president and transition to the role of chancellor at the Texas university.

The board also suspended the school's football coach, Art Briles, with the "intent to terminate" his contract, over the way school officials handled numerous claims from female students that members of the football team had committed sexual assault.

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The GOP-controlled House on Thursday was unable to pass an energy and water spending bill after a Democratic amendment to the legislation protecting some LGBT workers from discrimination was added to the bill Wednesday night.

The bill failed 112-305 with 130 Republicans voting against the bill and only 6 Democrats voting to pass the spending measure.

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During a House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) railed against a witness who testified against the Obama administration's recent guidance for schools on how to accommodate transgender students.

Lofgren read aloud part of the testimony from Gail Heriot, a member of the United States Commission on Human Rights, according to a clip from the hearing highlighted by the Huffington Post.

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The House on Wednesday night passed an amendment that ensures federal contractors cannot discriminate against LGBT employees after several Republicans switched their votes to defeat a similar measure last week, prompting disarray on the House floor.

The House passed the measure sponsored by Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY) as an amendment to an Energy Department spending bill, with 43 Republican members supporting it, according to The Hill.

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Paul Manafort, a top adviser to Donald Trump, told the Huffington Post in an interview published Wednesday night that the Republican presidential candidate will gradually soften his stance on a ban on Muslims traveling to the United States.

"He’s already started moderating on that," Manafort said. "He operates by starting the conversation at the outer edges and then brings it back towards the middle. Within his comfort zone, he’ll soften it some more."

“He’ll still end up outside of the norm, but in line with what the American people are thinking," he added.

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Rick Wiley, the former campaign manager for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), left Donald Trump's campaign on Wednesday just a little over a month after he was officially hired.

In a statement addressing Wiley's departure, the Trump campaign said that his role on the campaign was always meant to be temporary.

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Eleven states and officials filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration over guidance from the federal government on how schools should accommodate transgender students.

The lawsuit was filed in Texas, where state officials have been especially vocal in protesting the guidelines issued by the Education and Justice departments. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) confirmed earlier Wednesday that the state would file a lawsuit against President Obama.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will announce Wednesday a lawsuit against the federal government over new guidelines on how schools should accommodate transgender students

Dallas television station WFAA first reported the news before Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) confirmed the lawsuit in a tweet.

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