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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

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's (R) office on Tuesday rejected three of the four outside lawyers that the state board of elections sought to hire to defend the board in a lawsuit regarding same-day registration.

The rejection from McCrory's general counsel will delay the trial originally set for Friday for a lawsuit from a conservative group demanding that the elections board delay certifying the vote until the board has completed a lengthy process to verify the registrations of voters who registered on the same day they voted.

The state elections board submitted a request to hire outside lawyers since state Attorney General Roy Cooper, who would typically defend the board, is locked in a contested race for governor with McCrory. McCrory has refused to concede the race and has alleged widespread voter fraud in the state, though the state election board effectively dismissed most of Republicans' complaints about alleged voter fraud on Monday.

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Donald Trump and Carrier Corp. on Tuesday evening announced that they had reached a deal to keep some of the company's jobs in Indiana.

Carrier, which is owned by United Technologies, a large federal defense contractor, had announced plans to move its Indiana plant to Mexico earlier this year, which would have eliminated about 1,400 jobs in the state. Trump and Mike Pence railed against Carrier's plans to relocate abroad on the campaign trail and began negotiations with the company to keep some positions in the United States.

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Mitt Romney on Tuesday night sat down to a nice dinner with Donald Trump and Reince Preibus, emerging from the meal to praise Trump's transition efforts and say that he has "increasing hope" that Trump will lead the United States to a "better future."

Romney, who is reportedly under consideration to be secretary of state, dined with Trump and Priebus at Jean Georges, a restaurant inside the Trump International Hotel, where the trio noshed on young garlic soup with frog legs, scallops, steak, and lamb chops, according to the president-elect pool report.

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The North Carolina state elections board on Monday directed county election boards to dismiss any ballot protests that questioned a voter's eligibility, effectively tossing most protests filed by Republicans.

The ruling is a blow to Gov. Pat McCrory, who has seized on a flurry of ballot protests filed by Republicans to decry widespread voter fraud as he refuses to concede to his Democratic challenger, state Attorney General Roy Cooper. McCrory is currently trailing Cooper by about 9,800 votes, according to the board of elections website, although ten counties still have not certified their vote totals.

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Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) on Tuesday said that he would oppose Donald Trump's nomination of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to lead the Department of Health and Human Services over Price's support for privatizing Medicare.

"Tom Price has led the charge to privatize Medicare, and for this reason, I cannot support his nomination," Donnelly said in a statement. "I am ready to work with anyone who wants to improve access to quality health care for Hoosier families and seniors, but the nomination of Tom Price would put us on a direct path to end Medicare as we know it, which would raise health care costs and break a fundamental promise to seniors. I have fought to protect Medicare, and I will continue to oppose efforts to privatize Medicare or turn it into a voucher program."

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In an embarrassing mix-up, a Wisconsin radio host Tuesday morning forgot he was scheduled to interview House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), only realizing his mistake when he took a call from a listener who was actually the speaker waiting for his scheduled interview.

Wisconsin radio host Mitch Henck was scheduled to interview Ryan on Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET, according to a press release from the speaker's office. However, a few minutes after 10, Henck had still made no mention of Ryan on "The Mitch Henck Show."

The host then took a call from listener "Paul," but the caller informed Henck that he was in fact Paul Ryan, and that he had been waiting on the line for his scheduled interview with Henck.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday morning spelled out his top four priorities for Congress when Donald Trump takes office next year.

During an interview on Wisconsin radio station WCLO, Ryan said that Congress' first priority is to "get the economy growing" again by reducing regulations. He said that addressing Obamacare will be "early on the agenda," and that making changes to the tax code would come "soon thereafter." Finally, Ryan said that "securing the border is a high priority" without elaborating on what kind of immigration legislation congressional Republicans would pursue.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the incoming Senate minority leader, on Tuesday morning slammed Donald Trump's decision to nominate Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), citing Price's support for privatizing Medicare and opposition to Obamacare.

"Congressman Price has proven to be far out of the mainstream of what Americans want when it comes to Medicare, the Affordable Care Act, and Planned Parenthood. Thanks to those three programs, millions of American seniors, families, people with disabilities and women have access to quality, affordable health care. Nominating Congressman Price to be the HHS secretary is akin to asking the fox to guard the hen house," Schumer said in a statement.

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