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

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Thursday endorsed Donald Trump and left the door open to becoming the Republican vice presidential nominee.

"He is not a perfect man. But what I do believe is that he loves this country and he will surround himself with capable, experienced people and he will listen to them," Perry told CNN. "He wasn't my first choice, wasn't my second choice, but he is the people's choice."

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A jury on Thursday found three former aides for Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign guilty on corruption charges for covering up a plan to pay a state senator in exchange for an endorsement, the Des Moines Register reported.

Jesse Benton, John Tate, Dimitri Kesari were indicted for conspiracy in November for hiding a $73,000 payment to former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson, who reversed his endorsement of then-Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) to back Ron Paul just six days before the Iowa caucuses.

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North Carolina state House Speaker Tim Moore (R) said Thursday that the legislature will not meet the deadline to respond to the Justice Department's allegation that the state's new anti-LGBT bill violates the Civil Rights Act.

"We will take no action by Monday," he told reporters, according to the Charlotte Observer. "That deadline will come and go. We don’t ever want to lose any money, but we’re not going to get bullied by the Obama administration to take action prior to Monday’s date. That’s not how this works."

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The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Republican National Committee staffers were told that if they could not embrace Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee they would need to leave by the end of this week.

Here's the unsourced Times report:

Some staff members at the Republican National Committee were told Wednesday that if they were unable to get behind the nominee, they should leave by the end of the week.

The RNC denied the Times' report on Thursday morning.

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A tow truck owner in North Carolina said he refused to tow a woman's car in Asheville on Monday because he saw signs for Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) campaign in her car.

"Every business dealing in recent history with a socialist minded person I have not gotten paid," Kenneth Shupe told Greenville station WHNS. "Every time I deal with these people I get 'Berned' with an 'e' not a 'u.'"

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In a sudden reversal, the Oxford, Alabama, city council voted Wednesday to repeal a new ordinance that would have made it a misdemeanor for transgender people to use the bathroom corresponding with their gender identity.

The city council voted 3-2 to revoke the ordinance just over a week after it was initially passed, but before the city's mayor was able to sign it, AL.com reported.

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Even though many of his colleagues in the Senate are lining up behind Donald Trump now that he is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) affirmed his #NeverTrump status in a lengthy Facebook post calling for a third party candidate.

"With Clinton and Trump, the fix is in. Heads, they win; tails, you lose. Why are we confined to these two terrible options? This is America. If both choices stink, we reject them and go bigger. That’s what we do," Sasse wrote in a Wednesday night Facebook post.

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) acknowledged last month that with Donald Trump at the top of the Republican ticket, he could have to fight for his Senate seat harder than ever before, according to a recording from an Arizona fundraiser obtained by Politico.

"Have no doubt that if it is Donald Trump at the top of the ticket, here in Arizona, with over 30 percent of the vote being the Hispanic vote, no doubt that this may be the race of my life," McCain said in the recording published by Politico on Thursday morning.

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During a Wednesday interview on Fox News Radio, Ben Carson, who will likely help Donald Trump choose a running mate, proposed making Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) Trump's attorney general and then nominating him to sit on the Supreme Court.

"I think he would be terrific on the Supreme Court, or I think he would be a terrific attorney general. Or he could be both," Carson said when asked if Cruz would make for a good Supreme Court pick. "He could be attorney general first, you know, go ahead and prosecute Hillary, and then go on the Supreme Court."

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