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

A spokeswoman for Donald Trump, Katrina Pierson, on Monday pushed back against reports that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has altered his stance on banning Muslims from the United States, insisting in a confusing CNN interview that Trump always limited the ban to immigrants.

CNN's Brianna Keilar asked Pierson about Trump's recent comments that he would only bar Muslims from "terrorist countries" and a CNN report that Trump would alter his stance.

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President Obama on Monday praised the Supreme Court's ruling against a Texas anti-abortion law.

"I am pleased to see the Supreme Court protect women's rights and health today. As the brief filed by the Solicitor General makes clear and as the Court affirmed today, these restrictions harm women's health and place an unconstitutional obstacle in the path of a woman's reproductive freedom," Obama said in a statement.

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Wendy Davis, the former Democratic Texas state lawmaker known for filibustering a Texas anti-abortion law, said on Monday that she was "overjoyed" after learning that the Supreme Court ruled against the law.

"I'm overjoyed," she said on MSNBC on Monday. "I have to tell you, I was fighting back tears a moment ago, as I was reading the SCOTUSblog, and the first line that came out saying that the Fifth Circuit opinion or decision had been reversed. It's incredible news for the women of Texas. It's incredible news for women throughout this country."

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R), whose office defended the Texas abortion law, on Monday lamented the Supreme Court's decision ruling against the anti-abortion law.

"HB2 was an effort to improve minimum safety standards and ensure capable care for Texas women. It’s exceedingly unfortunate that the court has taken the ability to protect women’s health out of the hands of Texas citizens and their duly-elected representatives," Paxton said in the statement.

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Hillary Clinton on Monday applauded the Supreme Court's decision ruling against an anti-abortion law in Texas in the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt case.

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As part of an attempt to prevent rebellion at the Republican convention, Donald Trump will not let any Republicans who have not endorsed him speak at the party's July gathering in Cleveland, Ohio, according to the New York Times.

"If there’s no endorsement, then I would not invite them to speak," Trump told the New York Times in an interview published Sunday.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who has endorsed Donald Trump, declined twice to say whether Trump is qualified to be president during a Sunday interview on ABC's "This Week."

"I think there's no question that he's made a number of mistakes over the last few weeks. I think they're beginning to right the ship," McConnell said when first asked if Trump is qualified. "It's a long time until November. And the burden, obviously, will be on him to convince people that he can handle this job."

"And I think a good step in the right direction was the changes he made in the campaign. He's beginning to use a prepared script more often, which I think is absolutely appropriate for any candidate, whether you're a long-time politician like Hillary Clinton or whether you're new to the game like Donald Trump," the majority leader continued.

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During a speech on Irish-American heritage and immigration in Dublin on Friday, Vice President Joe Biden warned against nationalist and xenophobic rhetoric from politicians in Europe and the United States.

He noted that there has been unrest over issues like immigration, the economy, and terrorism, but said that blaming immigrants is not the appropriate response.

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