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

One county clerk in Kentucky is still refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite Gov. Steve Beshear's (D) order that clerks must issue the licenses or be fired.

Beshear on Thursday met with Casey County Clerk Casey Davis, who says he objects to gay marriage for religious reasons, prompting him not to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. Following their hour-long meeting, the governor issued a statement saying that Davis must issue licenses to gay couples.

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The New York Times decided this week not to place Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) book on its bestseller list, leaving some conservatives convinced that the paper unfairly targeted the presidential candidate.

The Times told HarperCollins that Cruz's book would not make the list, despite the fact that "A Time For Truth" sold more copies than 18 of the 20 books that appeared on the bestseller list this week, Politico reported. According to Nielsen Bookscan, Cruz sold 11,854 copies of his book in its first week.

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Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) on Thursday called on the local Republican party in Maricopa County, Ariz., to pull its sponsorship of a campaign event for Donald Trump due to his recent comments about Mexican immigrants.

"As an elected official and as a Republican, I’m not excited about this, to say the least," Flake told the Washington Post. "I don’t think that [Trump's] views are reflective of the party, particularly in Arizona, a border state."

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Updated at 5:35 p.m. on Jul 9th

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Thursday lambasted House Republicans for pushing for an amendment that would allow Confederate flags to be displayed in federal cemeteries and sold in stores located in national parks.

"A sizable number of House Republicans are eager to protect the states of the Confederate flag on National Park Service grounds. These are the same house Republicans who voted for a party leader who once described himself as ‘David Duke without the baggage,'" Earnest said at Thursday's press briefing, according to the Huffington Post.

Earnest was referring to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), who has been linked to former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

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Updated at 11:54 a.m. on Jul 9th

House Republicans have cancelled the Thursday vote on the Interior spending bill to avoid debating a hastily-called amendment to the bill that would have allowed the display of Confederate flags on federal lands.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) confirmed on Thursday that the House would suspend debate on the Interior spending bill until members sort out the amendments related to the Confederate flag.

"That bill is gonna sit in abeyance until we come to some resolution on this," Boehner said of the Confederate flag amendments.

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Updated at 12:57 p.m. Jul 9th 2015

Following reports that Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Wednesday asked Donald Trump to tone down his remarks on immigration, Trump on Thursday attempted to downplay the phone call.

Trump said that reports on the phone call were "false," claiming that it was "more of a congratulatory call." But he also conceded that Priebus did mention that Trump could soften his tone on immigration. Trump told the New York Times that his call with Priebus only lasted about ten minutes and that it was more of a "more of a congratulatory call."

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Updated at 9:58 a.m. Jul 9th 2015

As Donald Trump refuses to apologize for remarks calling Mexican immigrants "rapists" and drug dealers, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus spoke to the real estate mogul over the phone on Wednesday asking him to soften his tone, the Washington Post reported.

Sources told the Washington Post that Priebus spent about an hour on the phone with Trump talking about the presidential candidate's stance on immigration.

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As some of her colleagues in the South Carolina House on Wednesday night fought over a bill that would remove the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds, Republican state Rep. Jenny Horne gave an impassioned speech calling on her colleagues to act swiftly.

"The people of Charleston deserve immediate and swift removal of that flag from this grounds," she said, calling on her Republican colleagues not to pass amendments that would delay final approval of the bill.

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Updated at 8:54 a.m. Jul 9th 2015

In a sudden late-night reversal Wednesday, House Republicans unexpectedly rallied to the defense of the Confederate flag. The surprise move came just one day after the House passed Democratic amendments to restrict the display of the flag on federal lands and to limit the sale of items with the notorious icon at national parks, Roll Call reported.

Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) announced the course change Wednesday evening, telling a nearly empty chamber that House Republicans had scheduled a vote for Thursday to undo the Democratic amendments, which were made to the Interior spending bill on Tuesday.

The move caught Democrats off guard. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) quickly opposed the new amendment and said on the House floor that she "cannot hide my surprise and my outrage," according to Roll Call.

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