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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

While discussing Donald Trump's renewed call to bans Muslims from entering the U.S. and his criticism of plans for the country to accept more Syrian refugees on Monday night, Fox News Bill O'Reilly asked the presumptive Republican presidential nominee whether his rhetoric went too far.

"You know there are good, loyal, Muslim Americans who love this country, who've died for this country," O'Reilly said to Trump.

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In a USA Today op-ed published Monday, an official with the National Rifle Association official argued that gun control laws would not have stopped the deadly shooting in Orlando, and instead blamed the Obama administration's "political correctness" for not stopping suspected shooter Omar Mateen.

"They are desperate to create the illusion that they’re doing something to protect us because their policies can’t and won’t keep us safe," Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, wrote of President Obama and Hillary Clinton's recent calls for stricter gun control laws.

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The director of the Georgia American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday that she resigned from her position because her skepticism about transgender bathroom access was rejected by the ACLU.

Maya Dillard Smith said she was seeking common ground between respecting transgender rights while protecting women and children. She said the ACLU was hostile to her efforts.

"If our goal is to advance the rights of equality of transgender folk, how do we do that, and advance the rights of all people?” Smith said. “If we have all-gender restrooms which will accommodate trans folks, what do we do about women who are the survivors of rape for whom it would be traumatic to share a public restroom where you take down your underwear, and there’d be men in the bathroom."

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Ken Starr, the recently ousted president of Baylor, appeared to concede in an on-camera interview that he had seen a former student's email alleging she had been raped, before a Republican public relations expert interrupted him mid-answer and asked the local television station not to include that portion in its segment.

The interview with Waco's KWTX was shot Wednesday and began getting national media attention Friday morning.

Starr announced Wednesday that he would resign as chancellor of the school, after he had been demoted from his position as president due to the way school officials failed to address several claims of sexual assault made against members of the football team.

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At the end of a Donald Trump rally in San Jose, California, on Thursday night, protesters began throwing eggs and punches at Trump supporters leaving the event, according to several news reports.

Video captured by an NBC News reporter showed a crowd of protesters yelling insults and throwing food at a Trump supporter leaving the event.

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Donald Trump on Thursday ramped up criticism of the judge presiding over fraud cases against Trump University, declaring that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel has "an absolute conflict" in the case because of his "Mexican heritage."

"I’m building a wall. It’s an inherent conflict of interest," Trump told the Wall Street Journal, noting his policy proposals on immigration and Curiel's background.

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At the Republican National Committee, it's either get on board with Donald Trump or get out.

For the RNC's newly hired head of Hispanic media relations, Helen Aguirre Ferré, that means contending with the awkwardness of negative tweets about Trump she personally posted back when she was an adviser to Jeb Bush's presidential campaign.

No worries. Just hit delete!

Ferré has deleted several tweets from as recently as May criticizing Trump and his lack of popularity with Hispanic voters.

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The State Department conceded Wednesday that an archived video of a 2013 press briefing about the negotiations surrounding the Iran nuclear deal was intentionally deleted from the department's website.

State Department spokesman John Kirby acknowledged that the video segment was deleted at the direction of an unknown individual after initially saying that the video disappeared as the result of a technical glitch.

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