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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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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) will introduce a bill on Tuesday that would limit who could sponsor an immigrant to receive a green card, Politico reported Tuesday morning.

Currently, U.S. citizens and permanent residents can sponsor family members to obtain green cards, but this bill would only allow someone's spouse or child who is an unmarried minor to sponsor them for a green card, according to Politico. The bill would also allow for children to bring over elderly parents, per Politico.

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President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Labor Department, Andy Puzder, on Monday admitted to employing an undocumented immigrant, a revelation that has potential to sink his nomination.

"My wife and I employed a housekeeper for a few years, during which I was unaware that she was not legally permitted to work in the U.S. When I learned of her status, we immediately ended her employment and offered her assistance in getting legal status. We have fully paid back taxes to the IRS and the State of California and submitted all required paperwork,” Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, said in a statement obtained by the Huffington Post.

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A group of former top State Department and national security officials submitted a filing Monday warning that President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily suspending the U.S. refugee program and barring visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries could threaten the United States' national security.

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Major companies have rushed to back a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's executive order suspending the refugee program and barring visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries after a federal court temporarily blocked the White House order.

In a brief filed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, nearly 100 companies —including Facebook, Apple and Microsoft — from the technology sector and other industries supported the lawsuit filed by Washington state and Minnesota.

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President Donald Trump on Sunday spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, where Trump expressed "strong support" for the alliance, according to the White House.

"President Donald J. Trump spoke today with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg about the United States' strong support for NATO," the White House said in a readout of the phone call.

The leaders also discussed the conflict in Ukraine. The White House said that they talked about "the potential for a peaceful resolution of the conflict along the Ukrainian border." The readout from NATO confirmed that Trump and Stoltenberg "discussed the uptick in violence in eastern Ukraine, and prospects for a peaceful settlement."

Both the Trump administration and NATO said in statements that the two parties talked about NATO members' commitment to defense spending, a pet issue of Trump's. The President has previously said that member countries do not pay their fair share and threatened to withhold American support unless other members fulfilled their funding obligations.

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Update: The Washington Post issued an update to its story on Saturday evening after the White House contested a number of factual assertions in the story.


Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that Steve Bannon did not make a visit to the Department of Homeland Security in Jan. 28 and that Bannon did not participate in a 2 a.m. phone call on Jan. 29. Spicer also denied that President Donald Trump called for a pause in new executive orders after the rollout of the order barring travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Spicer told the Post that Chief of Staff Reince Priebus put in place new procedures for orders.

“I think we got things wrong in this column,” Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt told the Huffington Post. “That’s why we published an editor’s note and a correction. I regret getting things wrong. We try really hard not to, but we do make mistakes. And when we make mistakes, we try to correct them and be transparent to the readers what we got wrong.”

When Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly set out to exempt green card holders from President Donald Trump's order barring visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries, White House adviser Steve Bannon ordered Kelly not to, according to a Saturday report in the Washington Post.

Bannon made a personal visit to the Department of Homeland Security on Jan. 28 to give Kelly the order, but Kelly refused to follow Bannon's instructions, per the Washington Post.

Following publication of the Post's story, the White House denied to the Post that Bannon visited the Department of Homeland Security on Jan 28.

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Though President Donald Trump signed over his business to a trust led by his eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., and another Trump Organization employee, documents show that Trump still has close ties to his business.

The documents filed to a board that oversees liquor licenses in Washington, D.C., were obtained by ProPublica and first reported on by the New York Times.

The filing shows that Trump is still the only beneficiary of the trust and that he has the power to revoke the trust.

The Times explains:

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