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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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Donald Trump on Thursday night lashed out at Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, arguing that Bezos bought the Washington Post to gain political power and keep Trump from cracking down on Amazon as president.

"Every hour we’re getting calls from reporters from The Washington Post asking ridiculous questions and I will tell you, this is owned as a toy by Jeff Bezos, who controls Amazon. Amazon is getting away with murder tax-wise. He’s using the Washington Post for power so that the politicians in Washington don’t tax Amazon like they should be taxed," Trump said when Fox News' Sean Hannity asked about a comment from Bob Woodward that the Post had assigned 20 reporters to cover Trump.

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Donald Trump on Thursday night said that he had a "great meeting" with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) earlier in the day and that he does not have a problem slowly winning Ryan's support.

"I think he’s doing a good job. He’s got not an easy job, and I don’t mind going through a little bit of a slow process. It’s a very big subject," Trump said when Fox News' Sean Hannity asked if it was also Ryan's job to unite the party.

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The Obama administration will send letters to public school districts on Friday directing them to accommodate transgender students by allowing them to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity, the New York Times reported Thursday evening.

The letters from the Education and Justice departments will outline how schools can ensure that transgender students are not discriminated against, but the guidelines are not enforceable by the federal government, according to the New York Times.

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Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is unplugged and unleashed and apparently reveling in his new-found freedom.

Not so much the so-called House Freedom Caucus.

During a conference in Las Vegas on Thursday, Boehner laid into the House Freedom Caucus, eliciting a response from the caucus' members.

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Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus declined to provide details about House Speaker Paul Ryan's (R-WI) Thursday meeting with Donald Trump during an interview with MSNBC, but repeatedly described the meeting as "positive" and "cooperative."

Preibus hosted the meeting at the RNC's offices adjacent to the Capitol complex.

"It was a positive mood. It was a mood of cooperation and a feeling that it's time to unify the party. And I think both parties wanted to do that. It was great. It was really a positive step toward unification," Priebus said when asked about the mood at the meeting.

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The local school board member who cited the possibility that North Carolina's "bathroom bill" could be overturned when voting to lift a ban on high schoolers carrying pepper spray now says he regrets his comments.

Chuck Hughes, a member of the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education, told TPM on Wednesday that his comments were aimed at "the 'straight' perverts within the community," not at LGBT students.

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North Carolina Republican lawmakers have been threatening lobbyists with retribution if the businesses they represent speak out against the state's new controversial anti-LGBT law, according to a report from Raleigh television station WRAL.

WRAL interviewed 11 lobbyists who said they have been warned by lawmakers or staff members about the potential for legislation targeting their clients or attempts to block legislation that lobbyists have been pushing. None of the lobbyists spoke on the record.

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Donald Trump on Wednesday hit back at the new London mayor, who this week criticized the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States.

"Well, I assume he denies that there’s Islamic terrorism. If you look at this radical Islamic terrorism all over the world right now, it’s a disaster what’s going on. I assume he’s denying that. I assume he’s like our President that’s denying it’s taking place," Trump said on Fox News radio's "Kilmeade and Friends" when asked about the London Mayor Sadiq Khan's comments.

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