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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.

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The House on Wednesday night passed an amendment that ensures federal contractors cannot discriminate against LGBT employees after several Republicans switched their votes to defeat a similar measure last week, prompting disarray on the House floor.

The House passed the measure sponsored by Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY) as an amendment to an Energy Department spending bill, with 43 Republican members supporting it, according to The Hill.

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Paul Manafort, a top adviser to Donald Trump, told the Huffington Post in an interview published Wednesday night that the Republican presidential candidate will gradually soften his stance on a ban on Muslims traveling to the United States.

"He’s already started moderating on that," Manafort said. "He operates by starting the conversation at the outer edges and then brings it back towards the middle. Within his comfort zone, he’ll soften it some more."

“He’ll still end up outside of the norm, but in line with what the American people are thinking," he added.

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Rick Wiley, the former campaign manager for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), left Donald Trump's campaign on Wednesday just a little over a month after he was officially hired.

In a statement addressing Wiley's departure, the Trump campaign said that his role on the campaign was always meant to be temporary.

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Eleven states and officials filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration over guidance from the federal government on how schools should accommodate transgender students.

The lawsuit was filed in Texas, where state officials have been especially vocal in protesting the guidelines issued by the Education and Justice departments. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) confirmed earlier Wednesday that the state would file a lawsuit against President Obama.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will announce Wednesday a lawsuit against the federal government over new guidelines on how schools should accommodate transgender students

Dallas television station WFAA first reported the news before Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) confirmed the lawsuit in a tweet.

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During a Tuesday night rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Donald Trump bashed the state's Republican governor, Susana Martinez, who has yet to embrace the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

"We have got to get your governor to get going,” Trump told the crowd, according to the Washington Post. “She’s got to do a better job. Okay? Your governor has got to do a better job. She’s not doing the job. Hey! Maybe I’ll run for governor of New Mexico. I’ll get this place going. She’s not doing the job. We’ve got to get her moving. Come on: Let’s go, governor."

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Even though Mary Lou Bruner went into Tuesday's runoff election in Texas as the frontrunner for a seat on the state board of education, she ultimately lost the election Tuesday night to Keven Ellis, a chiropractor and local school board president in Lufkin.

Bruner made national headlines for entertaining conspiracy theories in posts on Facebook. She said that President Obama was a gay prostitute, warned that the federal government is pushing a socialist agenda in schools, and argued that Islam "is not a real religion."

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During a Tuesday speech, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) escalated her attacks on Donald Trump, describing his candidacy as an "urgent threat" and declaring that his past statements about the economy and Wall Street disqualify him from becoming president.

Warren first cited a comment Trump made in 2006 that he "sort of" hoped the housing market would crash because it could help his business.

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) is expected to sign this week a "Blue Lives Matter" bill into law, which would add police officers as a protected class under the state's hate-crime law.

The bill that makes attacks on law enforcement officers, firefighters, and medical first responders a hate crime will be the first law of its kind in the country.

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