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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

After announcing this weekend that he would dissolve his foundation to avoid any potential conflicts of interest, Donald Trump on Monday published tweets defending his charity.

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During an interview with former adviser David Axelrod on his podcast, President Obama said that he would have won the 2016 presidential race, arguing that "the majority does buy into the notion of a one America that is tolerant and diverse and open."

"I am confident in this vision because I'm confident that if I — if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could've mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it," Obama told Axelrod in an interview that went online Monday. "I know that in conversations that I've had with people around the country, even some people who disagreed with me, they would say the vision, the direction that you point towards is the right one."

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Donald Trump on Monday blasted the United Nations, calling it "a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time," a few days after the UN Security Council voted to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank with the United States abstaining from the vote.

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As North Carolina lawmakers prepared to convene for a special session to consider repealing the state's controversial anti-LGBT law known as HB2, Republicans in the state blamed the backlash against the law on Democrats' attempt to win the governor's mansion.

"Now that the Charlotte ordinance has been repealed, the expectation of privacy in our showers, bathrooms and locker rooms is restored and protected under previous state law. Governor McCrory has always publicly advocated a repeal of the overreaching Charlotte ordinance. But those efforts were always blocked by Jennifer Roberts, Roy Cooper and other Democratic activists," McCrory spokesman Graham Wilson said in a Monday statement. "This sudden reversal with little notice after the gubernatorial election sadly proves this entire issue originated by the political left was all about politics and winning the governor’s race at the expense of Charlotte and our entire state. As promised, Governor McCrory will call a special session."

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After the Charlotte City Council set in motion a deal to repeal the North Carolina anti-LGBT law known as HB2 by repealing the city's nondiscrimination ordinance, progressive groups offered cautious support for the agreement.

Groups supporting LGBT rights quickly called on Republican legislators to follow through with their end of the deal and repeal the controversial anti-gay law. But LGBT advocates stopped short of declaring victory, expressing concern that Republican lawmakers may not follow through with repeal and dismay that repeal might only come after a reversal in Charlotte.

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Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), Donald Trump's pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, spoke in July to the John Birch Society, the ultra conservative group known in recent years for pushing conspiracy theories, Mother Jones reported on Monday.

Mulvaney addressed the group's West Columbia, South Carolina chapter, where he was scheduled to talk about the Federal Reserve. The event was flagged to Mother Jones by the Democratic opposition research group American Bridge.

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Outgoing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday said he would call a special session to consider repealing the anti-LGBT state law known as HB2 now that the city of Charlotte has repealed its LGBT discrimination protections.

"Governor McCrory has always publicly advocated a repeal of the overreaching Charlotte ordinance. But those efforts were always blocked by Jennifer Roberts, Roy Cooper and other Democratic activists," McCrory spokesman Graham Wilson said in a statement. "This sudden reversal with little notice after the gubernatorial election sadly proves this entire issue originated by the political left was all about politics and winning the governor’s race at the expense of Charlotte and our entire state. As promised, Governor McCrory will call a special session."

Roy Cooper, the Democratic governor-elect, said that Republican legislators assured him they would support calling a special session as well.

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Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil and Donald Trump's nominee to be secretary of state, was the director of a U.S.-Russia oil firm based in the Bahamas, The Guardian reported on Sunday, citing documents leaked to German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.

He led the Russian subsidiary of Exxon, Exxon Neftegas, starting in 1998, according to the documents. Exxon said he left his role as director in 2006 when he took over as CEO of Exxon, according to The Guardian.

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