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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.

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Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), the chair of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, on Wednesday night said that he was making progress in negotiations with the White House and Republican House leadership on changes to the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare that would win over support from members of the caucus.

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Alice Ollstein contributed reporting.

Following a Wednesday meeting between Vice President Mike Pence and members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus at the White House, members were blunt that the conversation did not change many minds.

"Nothing has changed," Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) told reporters after the meeting.

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A clothing and accessories boutique in San Francisco has filed a class action lawsuit against Ivanka Trump's brand, alleging that the business has an unfair advantage over competitors now that President Donald Trump is in office.

Lawyers for the Modern Appeal Clothing alleged in the complaint, filed last week in Superior Court in California, that once Trump took office, competition between the boutique and Ivanka Trump's brand began to favor Ivanka Trump. It's similar to an unfair competition claim filed earlier this month by a bar and restaurant in Washington, D.C. Cork Wine Bar alleged in its suit that Trump International Hotel in D.C. has an unfair advantage over other restaurants in the District due to Trump's presidency.

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Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the ranking member on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday that the committee needs to interview former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election.

Warner's comment came the night before the Associated Press published an explosive report revealing Manafort worked for a Russian billionaire on a plan to advance Russian President Vladimir Putin's interests.

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Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), the chair of the House Rules Committee, on Wednesday morning said that issues in uniting the entire Republican caucus to behind the bill to repeal Obamacare stem from Republicans' failure to fully sell the legislation to voters.

Sessions made the comments on CNN when Chris Cuomo argued that President Donald Trump sometimes saying "things that aren't true" and Trump's unfamiliarity with policy is a "tough combo" as Republican leaders try to pitch the legislation to rank and file members of the House.

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During a speech at a Tuesday fundraiser for the National Republican Congressional Committee, the House Republican campaign arm, President Donald Trump disregarded the recommendation that he not lash out at judges.

"The courts are not helping us, I have to be honest with you. It's ridiculous. Somebody said I should not criticize judges. OK, I'll criticize judges," Trump said while discussing court orders blocking his travel ban.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday said that he did not learn anything "new" from FBI Director James Comey's testimony about Russian interference in the U.S. election. He also reiterated that he has not seen any evidence indicating that President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian government officials.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), after meeting with President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans, sounded confident that leadership had gained enough support for legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare to pass when it comes up for a vote in the chamber on Thursday.

"President Trump was here to do what he does best, and that is to close the deal," Ryan said.

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After Republican leaders in the House unveiled changes to the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare on Monday night, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) indicated that at least some of the members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus were on board with the legislation.

Ryan's comment came as members of the Freedom Caucus said they believe they still have enough votes to block leadership's bill. However, the caucus did not take an official position on the bill, leaving wiggle room for its members to vote for the legislation.

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