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

At least two members of Donald Trump's Hispanic Advisory Council are sticking with the Republican nominee after his speech in Phoenix was chock-full of hardline rhetoric on immigration.

Pastor Alfonso Delgado told CNN on Thursday that he will not resign from the council because he wants to continue to work with Trump on his deportation policy, even though he acknowledged that Trump's positions are confusing.

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Jacob Monty, who resigned from Donald Trump's Hispanic Advisory Council after the Republican nominee's Wednesday speech on immigration, lamented on Thursday that his hope that Trump would soften his policy on deportation disappeared Wednesday night.

"I was actively defending him on media because I thought he heard us. We met with him a week and a half ago. He indicated that he knew we needed to do something humane for the non-criminals that are here, the 11 million. He brought it up. That showed us that he had studied the issue. And we had a lot of hope. And frankly, we saw a lot of hope," Monty said on CNN.

"We saw nothing but positive signs. And they were all dashed yesterday with a speech that was not Republican and not compassionate at all," he added.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with 12 other states, filed a brief on Wednesday asking a federal judge to put holds on lawsuits over North Carolina's anti-LGBT law, known as HB2, until other lawsuits over transgender bathroom use have been decided, Buzzfeed News reported.

A federal judge last week issued a narrow temporary ruling telling the University of North Carolina that the school cannot block two transgender students and an employee from using the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity. The judge has not yet issued a broader ruling on HB2 as a whole, but U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder noted in his injunction last week that an appeals court that also overseas North Carolina ruled that a Virginia school's policy blocking transgender students from using the bathroom of their choice was discriminatory.

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After reports surfaced on Wednesday evening President Enrique Peña Nieto told Donald Trump that Mexico would not pay for a border wall during their meeting, the Trump campaign explained that it would have been "inappropriate" for Trump to begin negotiations.

"Today was the first part of the discussion and a relationship builder between Mr. Trump and President Peña Nieto. It was not a negotiation, and that would have been inappropriate," Trump spokesman Jason Miller said in a statement Wednesday evening. "It is unsurprising that they hold two different views on this issue, and we look forward to continuing the conversation."

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During her speech at the American Legion convention in Ohio on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton knocked Donald Trump for planning a last-minute trip to Mexico to meet with the country's president.

Clinton focused much of her speech on American exceptionalism and the importance of the United States' alliances, and she worked in a few digs at Trump.

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Former Mexican President Vicente Fox on Wednesday morning said that the Mexican people do not want Donald Trump to visit the country, despite Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's invitation for the Republican nominee to attend a meeting.

"We don't like him. We don't want him. We reject his message. I don't understand why President Pena has offered this opportunity. I think it's nothing more than a political stunt," Fox said on CNN's "New Day." "Trump is using Mexico, is using President Pena to boost his sinking poll numbers. I think that President Pena is taking an enormous political risk by hosting Trump. If he's perceived as going soft on Trump, it will hurt him greatly."

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During a campaign event in Erie, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) tore into Donald Trump for failing to release his tax returns and medical records, mocking a letter from the Republican nominee's doctor boasting about his excellent health.

"The Trump campaign just feels like Trump’s next big con," Kaine said at the rally, according to Buzzfeed News. "He’s hiding his financial bill of health. He’s trying to cover up his web of foreign engagements and conflicts and interests. And he won’t even release credible information about his health."

"Donald Trump, it’s time for you to come clean," he added. "Release your tax returns. Explain your business interests. Start telling the truth!"

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Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who has been advising Donald Trump on foreign policy, said on Tuesday that God played a role in the real estate mogul becoming the Republican presidential nominee.

"I actually supported Ted Cruz. I thought he was fabulous but I also see that at the end of the day God raised up, I believe, Donald Trump who was going to be the nominee in this election," Bachmann said on CBN's "The Brody File." "I don't think God sits things out. He's a sovereign God. Donald Trump became our nominee."

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