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

The National Basketball Association on Thursday said that that it does not support a draft proposal floated by North Carolina Republicans to change parts of the state's new anti-LGBT law.

"We have been engaged in dialogue with numerous groups at the city and state levels, but we do not endorse the version of the bill that we understand is currently before the legislature," the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets said in a statement. "We remain committed to our guiding principles of inclusion, mutual respect and equal protections for all. We continue to believe that constructive engagement with all sides is the right path forward. There has been no new decision made regarding the 2017 NBA All-Star Game."

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During a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, Donald Trump fielded a question from a member of the audience about replacing TSA employees wearing "Hibby-Jobbies" with military veterans.

"Why aren't we putting our retirees, our military retirees on that border or in TSA, get rid of all these 'hibby-jobbies' they wear at TSA -- I've seen them myself?" a woman identified by CBS News as Cathy Chevalier, asked, likely referring to hijabs.

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After Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday said he was confident that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will endorse Hillary Clinton, the Vermont senator insisted that he is still not ready to back the presumptive Democratic nominee.

"I talked to Joe, I think it was three weeks ago," Sanders said on MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes" when asked about Biden's comment. "On that issue, we are trying to work with Secretary Clinton’s campaign on areas that we can agree on."

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After several days of silence regarding the Supreme Court's ruling against a Texas anti-abortion law, Donald Trump on Thursday finally weighed in on the decision and claimed that such a ruling would not occur if he were to appoint the next Supreme Court justice.

"Now if we had — Scalia was living or if Scalia was replaced by me, you wouldn’t have had that. Okay? It would’ve been the opposite," Trump told conservative radio host Mike Gallagher.

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With heightened pressure from the National Basketball Association to change North Carolina's anti-LGBT law, state lawmakers are working on potential tweaks to HB2 before they wrap up the legislative session.

Gov. Pat McCrory (R) met with Republican lawmakers on Wednesday to discuss changes, but legislators have not revealed much about what changes they might propose, according to the News and Observer.

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Large crowds and protests outside of Donald Trump rallies across the country have left cities paying large bills for police overtime and staffing, according to a report by Bloomberg News.

For example, the city of Costa Mesa, California, spent $30,000 on security for an April Trump rally at which violent protests resulted in several arrests and damaged police cars. The city asked the Trump campaign to pay $15,000, but the campaign has not offered to help and they are not obligated to do so, according to Bloomberg News.

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Two watchdog groups, the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21, said they will file Wednesday a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, arguing that the Donald Trump campaign has broken federal law by sending fundraising emails to foreign elected officials.

"Donald Trump should have known better," Paul S. Ryan, the deputy executive director at the Campaign Legal Center, said in a statement. "It is a no-brainer that it violates the law to send fundraising emails to members of a foreign government on their official foreign government email accounts, and yet, that's exactly what Trump has done repeatedly."

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