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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

The North Carolina State Board of Elections on Wednesday approved a request for a machine recount of more than 90,000 early vote ballots in Durham County, where data were entered manually late on Election Day after machine issues.

When the county added the early vote ballots to the tally, Democratic state Attorney General Roy Cooper took the lead over Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in the governor's race, and McCrory's campaign argued that the "irregularities" warranted a recount.

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Democratic North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper's lead over the state's governor, Pat McCrory, has now surpassed 10,000 votes, the threshold for requesting a recount, though the vote tally is not yet finalized.

The state board of elections website shows Cooper leading McCrory by 10,329 votes, and candidates in North Carolina are permitted to ask for a recount when the margin in the race is 10,000 votes or fewer.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an adviser for Donald Trump known for pushing anti-immigrant policies and voting restrictions, on Wednesday said that Trump was right to claim that "millions" of people "voted illegally" in the 2016 election.

"I think the president-elect is absolutely correct when he says the number of illegal votes cast exceeds the popular vote margin between him and Hillary Clinton at this point," Kobach said after announcing that Kansas had certified its election results, according to the Wichita Eagle.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Wednesday said that Republican lawmakers will move to address Obamacare as quickly as possible next year.

"We need to get Obamacare relief to families as fast as possible," he told reporters at a press conference on Capitol Hill. "That is our plan."

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's (R) office on Tuesday rejected three of the four outside lawyers that the state board of elections sought to hire to defend the board in a lawsuit regarding same-day registration.

The rejection from McCrory's general counsel will delay the trial originally set for Friday for a lawsuit from a conservative group demanding that the elections board delay certifying the vote until the board has completed a lengthy process to verify the registrations of voters who registered on the same day they voted.

The state elections board submitted a request to hire outside lawyers since state Attorney General Roy Cooper, who would typically defend the board, is locked in a contested race for governor with McCrory. McCrory has refused to concede the race and has alleged widespread voter fraud in the state, though the state election board effectively dismissed most of Republicans' complaints about alleged voter fraud on Monday.

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Donald Trump and Carrier Corp. on Tuesday evening announced that they had reached a deal to keep some of the company's jobs in Indiana.

Carrier, which is owned by United Technologies, a large federal defense contractor, had announced plans to move its Indiana plant to Mexico earlier this year, which would have eliminated about 1,400 jobs in the state. Trump and Mike Pence railed against Carrier's plans to relocate abroad on the campaign trail and began negotiations with the company to keep some positions in the United States.

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Mitt Romney on Tuesday night sat down to a nice dinner with Donald Trump and Reince Preibus, emerging from the meal to praise Trump's transition efforts and say that he has "increasing hope" that Trump will lead the United States to a "better future."

Romney, who is reportedly under consideration to be secretary of state, dined with Trump and Priebus at Jean Georges, a restaurant inside the Trump International Hotel, where the trio noshed on young garlic soup with frog legs, scallops, steak, and lamb chops, according to the president-elect pool report.

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