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

North Carolina Republican lawmakers have been threatening lobbyists with retribution if the businesses they represent speak out against the state's new controversial anti-LGBT law, according to a report from Raleigh television station WRAL.

WRAL interviewed 11 lobbyists who said they have been warned by lawmakers or staff members about the potential for legislation targeting their clients or attempts to block legislation that lobbyists have been pushing. None of the lobbyists spoke on the record.

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Donald Trump on Wednesday hit back at the new London mayor, who this week criticized the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States.

"Well, I assume he denies that there’s Islamic terrorism. If you look at this radical Islamic terrorism all over the world right now, it’s a disaster what’s going on. I assume he’s denying that. I assume he’s like our President that’s denying it’s taking place," Trump said on Fox News radio's "Kilmeade and Friends" when asked about the London Mayor Sadiq Khan's comments.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), who had endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) presidential bid, on Wednesday said that he could not support Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in the presidential race.

"I have not supported Donald Trump up to this point, I have not endorsed him," Lee said in a telephone town hall with constituents, according to the Washington Examiner. "I have some concerns with him. He scares me to death; so does Hillary Clinton. There is no easy choice right now."

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Update at 3:14 PM ET

George Zimmerman's gun auction is back online at a new website because the original auction site could not handle the traffic to the page, Zimmerman told the Orlando Sentinel.

He told the Orlando Sentinel that Gunbroker.com was not "prepared for the traffic and publicity surrounding the auction of my firearm. It has now been placed with another auction house." His gun is now available on Unitedgungroup.com.

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In an interview with the New York Times published on Wednesday, Donald Trump confirmed that he will not change his campaigning style for the general election.

He told the New York Times that he will be able to win competitive states like Ohio and Pennsylvania by continuing his primary campaign strategy.

"I think I have a mandate from the people," he said. "The people are tired of incompetent leadership at the highest level. They’re tired of trade deals that are ripping our jobs apart and taking their wages."

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Vice President Joe Biden told ABC News on Tuesday that while he would have made for the "best president," he was not able to devote himself to a campaign after the death of his son, Beau Biden.

"I had planned on running. It’s an awful thing to say. I think I would have been the best president. But it was the right thing, not just for my family, for me," Biden told ABC's "Good Morning America" in an interview that aired on Wednesday. "No one should ever seek the presidency unless they're able to devote their whole heart and soul and passion into just doing that. And Beau was my soul. I just wasn't ready to be able to do that."

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A week ago Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) commandeered national media attention when he appeared live on CNN to announce that he was not yet able to back Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee.

Tuesday his spokesperson sent an email addressed to "The Fourth Estate" begging reporters to stop obsessing over Donald Trump and instead focus on House bills to address the opioid crisis.

"You should know that Thursday’s Ryan/Trump meeting is not the most important thing happening in DC this week. While it's a busy week on the political front, it also happens to be an important week on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives," spokeswoman AshLee Strong wrote in an email to reporters.

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