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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

Updated at 1:37 p.m. ET

A federal judge in Dallas on Wednesday dismissed the state of Texas' lawsuit against the federal government and a refugee resettlement agency that sought to block Syrian refugees from being resettled in the state.

U.S. District Judge David Godbey had previously denied Texas' requests for a temporary restraining order to keep Syrian refugees families from entering the state.

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Fox News host Gretchen Carlson on Wednesday doubled down on her support for a ban on assault weapons after receiving a flood of insults responding to her remarks about the issue on Tuesday.

"Yesterday I startled many and pleased tons of others by saying I believe the assault weapons in this county, the ban should be reinstated," she said on her Fox News show.

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Donald Trump on Wednesday accused the Democratic National Committee of faking a hack by the Russian government in an attempt to distract from news about Hillary Clinton.

"We believe it was the DNC that did the ‘hacking’ as a way to distract from the many issues facing their deeply flawed candidate and failed party leader," Trump said in a Wednesday statement obtained by Politico. "Too bad the DNC doesn’t hack Crooked Hillary’s, 33,000 missing emails."

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The National Rifle Association on Wednesday announced that the group would be happy to meet with Donald Trump, after he said he would talk to the gun rights group about not allowing people on the terror watch list and no fly list to buy guns.

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday night expressed support for restrictions on Americans' ability to purchase high-powered firearms and on the ability for people on terror watch lists to buy weapons.

"There is too much gun crime in the USA, and high powered weaponry is too easy to get. That's the fact. So let's deal with it," O'Reilly said on his Fox News show.

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Although many Republican lawmakers have sought to distance themselves from Donald Trump over his rhetoric following the deadly Orlando, Florida, shooting, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Wednesday morning expressed support for numerous ideas the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has floated.

"If the election were today I would vote for Donald Trump. And I think he's laid out some good policies that we ought to embrace, one of them is immigration policy," King said on CNN's "New Day." "I've heard him modify his policy on not bringing anymore Muslims in the United States, suggesting instead closer to Ted Cruz's position, which is let’s suspend immigration from terrorist sponsoring countries, at least until we get a handle on this. I think that's a prudent statement."

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After a Democratic congressman offered an LGBT measure as an amendment to the Defense Department spending bill, the House Rules Committee would not let the measure come up for a vote on Tuesday night, The Hill reported.

This is the third time that Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) has introduced the measure that would affirm anti-discrimination protections for LGBT employees of federal contractors as an amendment to a spending bill. On Tuesday, he said he hoped a vote on the amendment would send a positive message to the LGBT community in the wake of the deadly shooting in Orlando, Florida.

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