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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The executives of eight companies on Wednesday signed onto an open letter urging Mississippi lawmakers to repeal a new law that allows businesses to deny services to LGBT individuals, the Human Rights Campaign announced on Wednesday.

Executives from GE, Dow Chemical, PepsiCo, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Hyatt Hotels, Choice Hotels, Levi Strauss, and Whole Foods Market all signed onto the letter, joining numerous other companies that had already spoken out against the law.

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During a Wednesday rally in Philadelphia, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said that Hillary Clinton is not qualified to be president, responding to comments from the former secretary of state criticizing Sanders' recent interview with the New York Daily News.

"Secretary Clinton appears to be getting a little bit nervous," Sanders said in his Wednesday speech. "And she has been saying lately that she thinks that I am quote unquote not qualified to be president. Well, let me, let me just say in response to Secretary Clinton: I don't believe that she is qualified, if she is, through her super PAC, taking tens of millions of dollars in special interest funds."

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Reince Priebus, the chair of the Republican National Committee, on Wednesday night said that he would make sure that the delegates at the party's nominating convention in July are safe, responding to threats from an ally of Donald Trump.

Roger Stone, an informal adviser to the Trump campaign, this week threatened to reveal the hotels and room numbers for any uncommitted delegates at the July convention who try to help another candidate, such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), "steal" the nomination from Trump. Going into the convention, several delegates will not be bound to a specific candidate and will be able to align with the candidate of their choice.

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After meeting with Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) distributed a memo to his fellow Senate Republicans on Wednesday, encouraging them to meet with Garland as well, according to CNN's Manu Raju.

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While other states have seen a major backlash from businesses against measures that allow discrimination against LGBT individuals, Mississippi was never bound to see a similar reaction due to the state's beleaguered economy and largely conservative culture.

After the Republican-controlled legislature passed a bill that will allow businesses deny services to LGBT individuals and let religious groups fire individuals who hold different religious beliefs, the legislation did see opposition from major employers in the state like Nissan, Toyota, Tyson Food, Inc., and Hyatt. But just four days after the bill was sent to his desk, Gov. Phil Bryant (R) signed it into law on Tuesday.

Given the state's economy and culture, state lawmakers likely did not feel the same pressures that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) was under in 2015 and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) felt just last week.

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A Republican congressman on Tuesday night acknowledged that the new law requiring a photo ID to vote in Wisconsin could help Republican candidates at the polls in the general election.

"I think Hillary Clinton is about the weakest candidate the Democrats have ever put up. And now we have photo ID, and I think photo ID is going to make a little bit of a difference as well," Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI), a supporter of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), told Milwaukee television station TMJ4 when asked how either Cruz or Donald Trump could win in November.

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When asked whether she believes Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is a Democrat in a Politico interview published Wednesday morning, Hillary Clinton said she was unable to describe Sanders' relationship with the Democratic party.

"Well, I can’t answer that," Clinton told Politico's "Off Message" podcast. "He’s a relatively new Democrat, and, in fact, I’m not even sure he is one. He’s running as one. So I don’t know quite how to characterize him."

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As executives of large national companies were signing onto a letter last week condemning the new North Carolina law that overturned local ordinances protecting LGBT individuals from discrimination, the founder of a North Carolina company that sells china and collectibles spoke out against the law with a personal message to his customers.

Bob Page, the founder and CEO of Replacements, Ltd., based in Greensboro, sent an email to his customers sharing details about his personal life — that he is gay and married to his partner, and that the couple has raised adopted twin sons from Vietnam, as well as a teenage boy from Nigeria. He spoke out against the new law and assured customers he ran a tolerant, welcoming business.

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In a memo published on Medium on Monday evening, Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook, tried to assure Democratic voters that Clinton will win the Democratic nomination, criticizing Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) tactics.

Mook wrote that Clinton "has built a nearly insurmountable lead among both delegates and actual voters."

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Clinton Postpones Trip To Charlotte

In a statement released Friday evening, Hillary Clinton's campaign announced that the Democratic nominee…