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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Although many Republican lawmakers have sought to distance themselves from Donald Trump over his rhetoric following the deadly Orlando, Florida, shooting, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Wednesday morning expressed support for numerous ideas the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has floated.

"If the election were today I would vote for Donald Trump. And I think he's laid out some good policies that we ought to embrace, one of them is immigration policy," King said on CNN's "New Day." "I've heard him modify his policy on not bringing anymore Muslims in the United States, suggesting instead closer to Ted Cruz's position, which is let’s suspend immigration from terrorist sponsoring countries, at least until we get a handle on this. I think that's a prudent statement."

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After a Democratic congressman offered an LGBT measure as an amendment to the Defense Department spending bill, the House Rules Committee would not let the measure come up for a vote on Tuesday night, The Hill reported.

This is the third time that Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) has introduced the measure that would affirm anti-discrimination protections for LGBT employees of federal contractors as an amendment to a spending bill. On Tuesday, he said he hoped a vote on the amendment would send a positive message to the LGBT community in the wake of the deadly shooting in Orlando, Florida.

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After polls closed in the Washington, D.C. Democratic primary Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) met in D.C. for what both campaigns described as a "positive discussion."

Following a nearly two hour meeting, the campaigns released similar statements describing the conversation. Sanders campaign said that the two candidates had "a positive discussion about how best to bring more people into the political process and about the dangerous threat that Donald Trump poses to our nation.”

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President Obama on Tuesday blasted Donald Trump's renewed call to ban Muslims from entering the United States, arguing that such a plan would only let terrorists win.

In a public address from the Treasury Department about the fight against the Islamic State and the deadly shooting in Orlando, Florida, Obama let loose on Republicans for constantly criticizing his refusal to use their pet phrase "radical Islam" and singled out Trump's recent rhetoric about Muslims and terrorism as especially "dangerous."

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Seeking to distance congressional Republicans from Donald Trump but avoid another direct confrontation with him, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday reiterated his opposition to Trump's proposed Muslim ban and emphasized that the United State is at war with "radical Islam" not Islam in general.

Asked at his weekly press conference to respond to Trump's renewed calls to restrict the immigration of Muslims and Syrian refugees in the wake of the deadly shooting in Orlando, Florida, Ryan said that it's important to make the distinction that America is "at war with radical Islam."

"It’s not at war with Islam," he said at the press conference on Capitol Hill.

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While discussing Donald Trump's renewed call to bans Muslims from entering the U.S. and his criticism of plans for the country to accept more Syrian refugees on Monday night, Fox News Bill O'Reilly asked the presumptive Republican presidential nominee whether his rhetoric went too far.

"You know there are good, loyal, Muslim Americans who love this country, who've died for this country," O'Reilly said to Trump.

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In a USA Today op-ed published Monday, an official with the National Rifle Association official argued that gun control laws would not have stopped the deadly shooting in Orlando, and instead blamed the Obama administration's "political correctness" for not stopping suspected shooter Omar Mateen.

"They are desperate to create the illusion that they’re doing something to protect us because their policies can’t and won’t keep us safe," Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, wrote of President Obama and Hillary Clinton's recent calls for stricter gun control laws.

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