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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

After the Charlotte City Council set in motion a deal to repeal the North Carolina anti-LGBT law known as HB2 by repealing the city's nondiscrimination ordinance, progressive groups offered cautious support for the agreement.

Groups supporting LGBT rights quickly called on Republican legislators to follow through with their end of the deal and repeal the controversial anti-gay law. But LGBT advocates stopped short of declaring victory, expressing concern that Republican lawmakers may not follow through with repeal and dismay that repeal might only come after a reversal in Charlotte.

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Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), Donald Trump's pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, spoke in July to the John Birch Society, the ultra conservative group known in recent years for pushing conspiracy theories, Mother Jones reported on Monday.

Mulvaney addressed the group's West Columbia, South Carolina chapter, where he was scheduled to talk about the Federal Reserve. The event was flagged to Mother Jones by the Democratic opposition research group American Bridge.

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Outgoing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday said he would call a special session to consider repealing the anti-LGBT state law known as HB2 now that the city of Charlotte has repealed its LGBT discrimination protections.

"Governor McCrory has always publicly advocated a repeal of the overreaching Charlotte ordinance. But those efforts were always blocked by Jennifer Roberts, Roy Cooper and other Democratic activists," McCrory spokesman Graham Wilson said in a statement. "This sudden reversal with little notice after the gubernatorial election sadly proves this entire issue originated by the political left was all about politics and winning the governor’s race at the expense of Charlotte and our entire state. As promised, Governor McCrory will call a special session."

Roy Cooper, the Democratic governor-elect, said that Republican legislators assured him they would support calling a special session as well.

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Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil and Donald Trump's nominee to be secretary of state, was the director of a U.S.-Russia oil firm based in the Bahamas, The Guardian reported on Sunday, citing documents leaked to German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.

He led the Russian subsidiary of Exxon, Exxon Neftegas, starting in 1998, according to the documents. Exxon said he left his role as director in 2006 when he took over as CEO of Exxon, according to The Guardian.

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A bipartisan group of senators on Sunday sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), calling on him to set up a special committee to investigate Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election.

"Recent reports of Russian interference in our election should alarm every American,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) wrote in the letter, according to Politico. “Cybersecurity is the ultimate cross-jurisdictional challenge, and we must take a comprehensive approach to meet this challenge effectively."

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Reince Priebus, incoming chief of staff for Donald Trump, on Sunday morning said that Trump will not yet accept the CIA's conclusion that Russian hacks into Democratic groups were an attempt to boost Trump to victory.

"I think he would accept the conclusion if these intelligence professionals would get together, put out a report, show the American people they’re actually on the same page, as opposed to third parties through The Washington Post," Priebus said on "Fox News Sunday" when asked if Trump accepts the consensus of the intelligence community on the Russian hacks and their intent.

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Loretta Lynch says that the backlash from Donald Trump and his supporters following her impromptu meeting with Bill Clinton on a Phoenix tarmac in June was "painful" for her.

"I wish I had seen around that corner and not had that discussion with the former president, as innocuous as it was, because it did give people concern,” Lynch told CNN in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN. “It did make people wonder, ‘is it going to affect the investigation that’s going on?’ And that’s not something that was an unreasonable question for anyone to ask."

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Republican Gov. Pat McCrory has signed one of the two pieces of legislation state lawmakers have proposed that would dramatically curb the power of the incoming Democratic governor, the speaker of the state House told local reporters on Friday afternoon.

The other major bill that would weaken the governorship has been passed by the state House and state Senate and now goes back to the House for final approval after the Senate made changes.

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After Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) signaled this week that he may oppose ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson's nomination to be secretary of state, former Vice President Dick Cheney reached out to the Florida senator and spoke to him about supporting Tillerson, the Washington Post reported on Friday. The Post based the report on the account of "a person with knowledge of the conversation."

Other Tillerson supporters have contacted Rubio as well, according to the Washington Post.

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