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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 a statement issued late on Thursday, a lawyer for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn said that Flynn is willing to talk to the intelligence committees in Congress under the right "circumstances," but would not confirm whether Flynn is seeking immunity.

The statement came after the Wall Street Journal reported that Flynn has offered to sit for an interview with the committees in exchange for immunity.

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The North Carolina state legislature on Thursday passed compromise legislation that would largely undo the state's anti-LGBT law known as HB2, sending the bill to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's desk.

Republican leaders of the state legislature announced that they had reached a deal with Cooper on Wednesday night. Lawmakers in the state rushed to find a compromise on repealing the law after the NCAA threatened to withhold future championship games from the state if the law stayed in place.

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During a hearing on Thursday for the Senate Intelligence Committee's probe into Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) called on the panel to investigate the finances of President Donald Trump and his associates.

Wyden said that a "key to a successful investigation is following the money," specifying that the probe should look into entities associated with the Trump Organization.

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In an interview that aired Thursday morning, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said that House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) spoke with a "whistle-blower type person" before alleging that information on President Donald Trump and his associates was incidentally collected by the intelligence community.

"He had told me that — like, a whistleblower-type person had given him some information that was new that spoke to the last administration and part of this investigation,” Ryan told CBS News. “He briefs me about it, didn’t know the content of it, only knew the nature of it and that he was going to brief others.”

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Republican leaders in the North Carolina state legislature announced on Wednesday night that they had reached a deal with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to repeal the anti-LGBT law known as HB2.

However, both progressive and conservative groups are unhappy with the compromise, leaving the future of the deal uncertain. Lawmakers are expected to begin voting on the bill Thursday morning.

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FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday evening addressed the challenges of serving as the leader of the FBI in such a partisan environment.

"I know that when I make a hard decision, a storm is going to follow," he said at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance Leadership dinner in Washington, D.C., per CNN. "Honestly, I don't care."

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