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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

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday dismissed criticism of the state's new "religious freedom" law from Canadian musician Bryan Adams, who canceled a show in the state over the law that allows businesses to deny services to LGBT people.

"All of a sudden we have one guy from the 1980s that canceled a concert and we all want to talk about that. It is interesting, the media says 'Y’all ought to be dealing with all these important issues and not some issue about someone's deeply held religious beliefs,'" Bryant told Jackson, Mississippi, television station WAPT.

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Despite recent the decision to hold off momentarily on moving the NBA's 2017 All-Star game out of Charlotte, North Carolina, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said on Thursday the legislature must change the law in order for the league to keep the game in the state.

"We’ve been, I think, crystal clear a change in the law is necessary for us to play in the kind of environment that we think is appropriate for a celebratory NBA event," Silver told reporters on Thursday.

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Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), who faces a tough re-election fight this fall, said on Thursday that he won't be attending the July Republican convention so that he can avoid the "jamokes" like Donald Trump who are running for president.

During an interview on WGN Radio's "The Roe Conn Show" highlighted by Buzzfeed News, Kirk first cracked a joke about his hair when asked why he would skip the convention.

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The American Family Association on Thursday called for a boycott of Target stores after the company announced that transgender employees and customers should use the bathroom of their choice.

"Corporate America must stop bullying people who disagree with the radical left agenda to remake society into their progressive image," AFA President Tim Wildmon said in a statement. "Target’s harmful policy poses a danger to women and children. We think many customers will agree."

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After Donald Trump on Thursday said that the new anti-LGBT law in North Carolina was unnecessary, the re-election campaign for the state's Republican governor, Pat McCrory, hit back and blamed the new law on the city of Charlotte.

"Governor McCrory has always said that North Carolina was getting along fine before the Charlotte city council passed its unneeded and overreaching ordinance. Now that it has been overturned, businesses can adopt their own policies - like Target has - instead of being mandated to allow men into women's restrooms by government," McCrory' spokesman Ricky Diaz said in a statement responding to Trump.

"Where the governor disagrees with Mr. Trump is that bathroom and shower facilities in our schools should be kept separate and special accommodations made when needed. It's just common sense," he added.

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Donald Trump on Thursday morning came out against the new anti-LGBT law in North Carolina, pointing out the state has seen intense backlash from businesses.

"North Carolina did something [that] was very strong. And they’re paying a big price and there's a lot of problems," Trump said during an NBC town hall when asked about the new law. "One of the best answers I heard was from a commentator yesterday saying, leave it the way it is right now. There have been very few problems. Leave it the way it is."

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The British Foreign Office recently issued a travel advisory warning citizens traveling to the United States about laws impacting the LGBT community in North Carolina and Mississippi, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

"The US is an extremely diverse society and attitudes towards LGBT people differ hugely across the country. LGBT travellers may be affected by legislation passed recently in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi," the travel advisory reads.

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