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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 10:27 a.m. ET

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) presidential bid in an interview with Wisconsin radio host Charlie Sykes on Tuesday, a week before the state's April 5 presidential primary.

Walker told Sykes that Cruz is in "the best position by far to both win the nomination of the Republican party" and the general election.

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) on Monday blamed media coverage of the state's new law that prohibits local governments from passing anti-discrimination measures for the backlash from businesses and progressive groups.

"There’s a very well-coordinated campaign — national campaign which is distorting the truth, which is frankly smearing our state in an inaccurate way, and which I’m working to correct," he said in a press conference. "And I hope the media starts putting out more accurate information on the facts between a basic common sense bill which allows businesses to determine their own restroom and shower and locker room facilities, not government."

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An adviser to Donald Trump's campaign on Wednesday clarified that the campaign will file a complaint with the Republican National Committee (RNC) over the selection of delegates in the Louisiana primary, not a lawsuit, as Trump suggested in a Sunday tweet.

Trump's lawsuit threat followed a report that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) could gain up to 10 unbound delegates from the Louisiana primary, five of which were previously committed to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) before he dropped out of the presidential race. Trump won the primary, but could end up with fewer delegates than Cruz. Delegates supporting Cruz have also secured five of Louisiana's six slots on the rules committee for the Republican convention.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday brushed off Donald Trump's threat to file a lawsuit over reports that Cruz may gain delegates won in the Louisiana primary by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who has since dropped out of the race.

"I’m always amused when Donald doesn’t know what to do and so threatens lawsuits," Cruz said when asked about the potential lawsuit during a press conference in Wisconsin.

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After Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday called the presidential campaign an "embarrassment," Donald Trump on Monday morning tore into Kerry's record in the Obama administration.

"I'm shocked by him," Trump said on "Fox and Friends." "And I'm shocked that he would sign a deal like the Iran deal, which is one of the worst and dumbest deals I've ever seen negotiated —a horrible, horrible embarrassment deal."

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Following a report that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) may win more delegates in Louisiana's primary than Donald Trump, even though Trump won the state, the Republican presidential frontrunner threatened to file a lawsuit on Sunday.

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) late Wednesday night signed rushed legislation that, as is widely known, eliminates local governments' ability to pass anti-discrimination measures to protect gay and transgender individuals. But what received less immediate attention was that the new law guts workplace discrimination protections for virtually everyone.

A section of the new law alters the state's law that had allowed private sector employees to sue their employers under state discrimination law discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap.

"It takes away a right that people have had for 30 years," Bill Rowe, the director of advocacy at the North Carolina Justice Center told TPM on Friday. "It’s a pretty big change that caught us all by surprise."

Due to differences between filing a suit in federal court, as opposed to state court, this change could discourage people from filing an employment discrimination claim, Rowe said. The statute of limitations for filing in federal court is much shorter, and the court filing fee is higher on the federal level as well. There are also fewer federal district courts in the state, making it less convenient for some workers to sue.

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