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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

In an interview published Sunday in the Financial Times, President Donald Trump warned that the United States will act alone to address North Korea's nuclear threat if China does not help the U.S. increase pressure on North Korea.

“China has great influence over North Korea. And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won’t,” Trump told the Financial Times. “If they do, that will be very good for China, and if they don’t, it won’t be good for anyone.”

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) went golfing with President Donald Trump on Sunday at the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia and left the outing saying he was hopeful that Republicans could repeal Obamacare.

"We had a great day with the President. Played some golf, and we talked and we talked about a little bit of health care. I continue to be very optimistic that we are getting closer and closer to an agreement on repealing Obamacare," Paul told White House pool reporters on Sunday afternoon.

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Friday afternoon fiercely defended House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes' (R-CA) visit to the White House complex last week to view intelligence reports purportedly showing President Donald Trump and his transition team were swept up in surveillance of foreign nationals.

"What occurred between Chairman Nunes and coming here was both routine and proper," Spicer said at the daily press briefing, adding that Nunes had the "appropriate credentials and clearances."

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Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, on Thursday night suggested that a report that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is seeking immunity from the intelligence committees shows that he is not "innocent."

"Generally, innocent people don't seek immunity," Swalwell said on CNN following a report in the Wall Street Journal that Flynn has asked for immunity in exchange for speaking with the intelligence committees in Congress.

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In a statement issued late on Thursday, a lawyer for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn said that Flynn is willing to talk to the intelligence committees in Congress under the right "circumstances," but would not confirm whether Flynn is seeking immunity.

The statement came after the Wall Street Journal reported that Flynn has offered to sit for an interview with the committees in exchange for immunity.

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The North Carolina state legislature on Thursday passed compromise legislation that would largely undo the state's anti-LGBT law known as HB2, sending the bill to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's desk.

Republican leaders of the state legislature announced that they had reached a deal with Cooper on Wednesday night. Lawmakers in the state rushed to find a compromise on repealing the law after the NCAA threatened to withhold future championship games from the state if the law stayed in place.

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