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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

As executives of large national companies were signing onto a letter last week condemning the new North Carolina law that overturned local ordinances protecting LGBT individuals from discrimination, the founder of a North Carolina company that sells china and collectibles spoke out against the law with a personal message to his customers.

Bob Page, the founder and CEO of Replacements, Ltd., based in Greensboro, sent an email to his customers sharing details about his personal life — that he is gay and married to his partner, and that the couple has raised adopted twin sons from Vietnam, as well as a teenage boy from Nigeria. He spoke out against the new law and assured customers he ran a tolerant, welcoming business.

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In a memo published on Medium on Monday evening, Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook, tried to assure Democratic voters that Clinton will win the Democratic nomination, criticizing Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) tactics.

Mook wrote that Clinton "has built a nearly insurmountable lead among both delegates and actual voters."

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Monday agreed to debate Hillary Clinton in Brooklyn on April 14 after the two Democratic presidential candidates openly argued over which date worked best for the debate.

Sanders initially requested that a debate take place in New York ahead of the state's primary on April 19, which Sanders has been working to make competitive.

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After acknowledging on Sunday that there are "probably" better people to be president than Donald Trump, Ben Carson on Monday morning reiterated that he thinks the real estate mogul is the best presidential candidate in the field.

"I believe that he is the best candidate to solve the problems that are facing our nation right now. We have these incredible fiscal issues which threaten the financial viability of our nation, and then we have threats from ISIS and terrorist groups, and I think we need somebody who understands those and who is not going to react to them in a politically correct way," Carson said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" when asked if his support for Trump is "tepid."

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Barry Bennett, an adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, railed against those in the "Washington Establishment" who criticized the campaign in a Saturday memo obtained by the Washington Post and published early Monday morning.

In a memo to "Corey and Team" titled "Digging through the Bull Shit," Bennett assured the campaign that the attacks did not spell the end of Trump's candidacy.

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Ivana Trump, Donald Trump's ex-wife, told the New York Post in an interview published on Sunday that she supports legal immigration, noting that immigrants will take jobs that Americans don't want to do.

"As long as you come here legally and get a proper job . . . we need immigrants. Who’s going to vacuum our living rooms and clean up after us? Americans don’t like to do that," Ivana Trump told the New York Post.

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The Mississippi House on Friday passed a religious freedom bill that would allow businesses and public employees to deny services to people based on the belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman, sending the legislation to Gov. Phil Bryant (R).

The bill, passed by the state Senate earlier this week, also allows businesses to deny services based on the belief that "sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage" and that the belief that gender is determined at birth.

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Hillary Clinton on Thursday slammed Donald Trump's comments about punishments that would come with a ban on abortion, but noted that he was only vocalizing a position that all Republicans hold.

"It was outrageous that he would be advocating for women who exercise their constitutional right and have autonomy over their healthcare decisions would be criminals along with the doctors that served them," she told Business Insider. "He did try to walk it back, I think pretty unconvincingly."

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