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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

In one Alabama town it is now a crime for transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice.

In response to complaints from residents over Target's announcement that transgender employees and customers are able to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity, the city council in Oxford, Alabama, passed a bathroom measure that would slap people with a $500 fine and six months in jail, according to the Anniston Star.

The city council passed the measure on Tuesday, directing people to use the public bathroom that corresponds to their birth sex, and making the violation of the new law a misdemeanor crime.

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Stephen Colbert took on "bathroom bills" like the sweeping anti-LGBT law in North Carolina during "The Late Show" on Tuesday, calling out the "weirdos" who insist on regulating bathroom use.

"I don't care if you're male or female, what sex or gender identity someone is," Colbert said. "I — and I mean this sincerely — do not want to share a bathroom with anyone. Okay? For two reasons: number one and number two," Colbert said.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told reporters on Wednesday that he will make a "major announcement" in Indiana at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Hoping to keep the media spotlight focused on his longshot campaign to wrest the nomination from Trump after losses in Tuesday night's primary, Cruz told reporters on Wednesday morning that he hopes Indiana voters will back his "positive, optimistic, forward-looking, conservative campaign."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) discussed the film "Hoosiers" during a rally in the gym where the classic movie was shot, but he made a slip-up while referencing a scene from the film.

Cruz asked a member of his staff to measure the hoop height in the Indianapolis gym where the rally was held.

"The amazing thing is, that basketball ring here in Indiana, it's the same height as it is New York City and every other place in this country. And there is nothing that Hoosiers cannot do," Cruz said.

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Donald Trump on Wednesday morning responded to Hillary Clinton's election night speech, during which she called him out for saying that she has been playing the "woman card," noting that she shouted her message.

"I haven't quite recovered — it's early in the morning — from her shouting that message," Trump said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" when asked about Clinton bringing up his comments on the "woman card." "And I know a lot of people would say you can't say that about a woman, because of course a woman doesn't shout. But the way she shouted that message was not — that's the way she said it, and I guess I'll have to get used to a lot of that over the next four or five months."

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Following a Monday report in the Washington Post that Virginia McLaurin, the 107-year-old DC resident who danced with the Obamas, had been unable to obtain a new photo ID, DC has relaxed its ID requirements.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser on Tuesday announced a new regulation that allows residents over the age of 70 to obtain a photo ID without their birth certificate, according to the Washington Post. The regulation that adds to the list of documents accepted by the Department of Motor Vehicles is effective immediately.

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Bill Kristol, the Weekly Standard editor known for making incorrect predictions, said Tuesday that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) could make a last ditch attempt to boost his presidential campaign this week by naming Carly Fiorina as his running mate.

In an appearance on MSNBC, Kristol asserted that Cruz "still has a chance" to win the nomination before launching into his theory about the Texas senator's final attempt to convince Republican voters that he should be the nominee.

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who has long had a contentious relationship with his Texas colleague Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), again declined to endorse Cruz's presidential bid on Monday, and instead dissed his colleague for coming to the Capitol simply to launch a presidential bid.

"Clearly, he didn’t come here to remain in the Senate. He came here to run for president. And I think that perhaps explains the difference in tactics," Cornyn told Texas radio station KERA News while discussing how he differs from Cruz.

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No beating around the bush by the Republican nominee for attorney general in North Carolina: The state's new anti-LGBT law is about keeping North Carolina "straight."

During a Monday rally in the state capital Raleigh with supporters of the law that keeps transgender people from using the public bathroom of their choice, state Sen. Buck Newton, the GOP nominee for attorney general, strayed from the typical conservative talking points about public safety.

"Go home, tell your friends and family who had to work today what this is all about and how hard we must fight to keep our state straight," Newton told attendees at the rally, according to a video posted by Progress North Carolina Action.

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