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

During a campaign stop in Staten Island, New York, on Sunday, Trump explained to reporters how easily he would be able to bribe delegates if he wanted to, according to the New York Times.

"Look, nobody has better toys than I do," he told reporters, according to the New York Times. "I can put them in the best planes and bring them to the best resorts anywhere in the world."

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Following complaints from Donald Trump that Louisiana delegates formerly bound to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) might back Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) at the Republican National Convention in July, four of the five delegates that had been bound to Rubio have signed an open letter clarifying that they have not yet committed to a new candidate, according to The Hill.

"I’m reading all over social media and the press that we’re going one way as a group, but that’s just not accurate," Luke Letlow, a Rubio delegate, told The Hill. "It’s left us to get the message out that we haven’t chosen a side and that we remain uncommitted."

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Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) campaign on Thursday night suspended Simone Zimmerman, the campaign's new national Jewish outreach coordinator over comments she made about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Facebook, the New York Times reported.

"She has been suspended while we investigate the matter," Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs wrote in an email to the Times.

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In a Friday morning memo, the Republican National Committee reminded the presidential candidates that the rules for the presidential primary and delegate selection were set in October.

The memo does not mention Donald Trump by name, but it appears to be aimed at the candidate's relentless complaints about the way Colorado delegates were allocated during the state's convention earlier in April. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) secured all of the delegates up for grabs in the state.

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In a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Thursday night, Donald Trump tore into the delegate selection process in Colorado, arguing that the state's convention disenfranchised Republican primary voters.

"On Saturday, April 9, Colorado had an 'election' without voters. Delegates were chosen on behalf of a presidential nominee, yet the people of Colorado were not able to cast their ballots to say which nominee they preferred," Trump wrote.

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Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) speech at the New York City Republican gala on Thursday night was met with a cool reception from the crowd, who spoke amongst themselves and milled about as Cruz delivered his campaign stump speech.

"I will admit to you, I haven’t built any buildings in New York City," Cruz said at the beginning of his address, drawing some applause, according to Buzzfeed News.

But it went downhill from there.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Thursday that he supports North Carolina lawmakers' push to keep transgender people from using the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity.

Cruz said laws requiring people to use the restroom that corresponds to the sex on their birth certificate makes sense because "men should not be going to the bathroom with little girls," according to the Associated Press.

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The American Unity Fund, a group created by billionaire Paul Singer to push Republicans to support LGBT rights, launched a new website urging North Carolina lawmakers to repeal the new sweeping anti-gay law, the News and Observer reported on Wednesday.

On conservativesagainsthb2.com, people are greeted with the message, "North Carolina ... Small Town Not Small Minded." On the site, people can send a form letter to Gov. Pat McCrory (R) or state lawmakers urging them to repeal the law that prohibits local ordinances requiring anti-discrimination protections for LGBT individuals and limits employees' ability to file workplace discrimination lawsuits.

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During a rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Donald Trump brought up former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, who passed away in 2012.

"I know a lot about Pennsylvania, and it’s great. How’s Joe Paterno? We gonna bring that back? Right?" he asked the crowd. "How about that whole deal?"

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