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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

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) discussed the film "Hoosiers" during a rally in the gym where the classic movie was shot, but he made a slip-up while referencing a scene from the film.

Cruz asked a member of his staff to measure the hoop height in the Indianapolis gym where the rally was held.

"The amazing thing is, that basketball ring here in Indiana, it's the same height as it is New York City and every other place in this country. And there is nothing that Hoosiers cannot do," Cruz said.

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Donald Trump on Wednesday morning responded to Hillary Clinton's election night speech, during which she called him out for saying that she has been playing the "woman card," noting that she shouted her message.

"I haven't quite recovered — it's early in the morning — from her shouting that message," Trump said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" when asked about Clinton bringing up his comments on the "woman card." "And I know a lot of people would say you can't say that about a woman, because of course a woman doesn't shout. But the way she shouted that message was not — that's the way she said it, and I guess I'll have to get used to a lot of that over the next four or five months."

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Following a Monday report in the Washington Post that Virginia McLaurin, the 107-year-old DC resident who danced with the Obamas, had been unable to obtain a new photo ID, DC has relaxed its ID requirements.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser on Tuesday announced a new regulation that allows residents over the age of 70 to obtain a photo ID without their birth certificate, according to the Washington Post. The regulation that adds to the list of documents accepted by the Department of Motor Vehicles is effective immediately.

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Bill Kristol, the Weekly Standard editor known for making incorrect predictions, said Tuesday that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) could make a last ditch attempt to boost his presidential campaign this week by naming Carly Fiorina as his running mate.

In an appearance on MSNBC, Kristol asserted that Cruz "still has a chance" to win the nomination before launching into his theory about the Texas senator's final attempt to convince Republican voters that he should be the nominee.

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who has long had a contentious relationship with his Texas colleague Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), again declined to endorse Cruz's presidential bid on Monday, and instead dissed his colleague for coming to the Capitol simply to launch a presidential bid.

"Clearly, he didn’t come here to remain in the Senate. He came here to run for president. And I think that perhaps explains the difference in tactics," Cornyn told Texas radio station KERA News while discussing how he differs from Cruz.

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No beating around the bush by the Republican nominee for attorney general in North Carolina: The state's new anti-LGBT law is about keeping North Carolina "straight."

During a Monday rally in the state capital Raleigh with supporters of the law that keeps transgender people from using the public bathroom of their choice, state Sen. Buck Newton, the GOP nominee for attorney general, strayed from the typical conservative talking points about public safety.

"Go home, tell your friends and family who had to work today what this is all about and how hard we must fight to keep our state straight," Newton told attendees at the rally, according to a video posted by Progress North Carolina Action.

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During a Tuesday morning phone interview on NBC's "Today," the co-hosts asked Ohio Gov. John Kasich to explain his deal with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to divide and conquer a few upcoming primaries, given that Kasich on Monday told voters to still support him in Indiana.

However, Kasich would not acknowledge how his comments about the approach voters should take in Indiana — a state reserved for Cruz in the deal — might undermine the candidates' strategy to stop Donald Trump from clinching the nomination ahead of the Republican convention.

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During a town hall with MSNBC's Chris Hayes on Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) told a supporter that it's his choice whether to back Hillary Clinton if she becomes the Democratic presidential nominee.

A audience member who said he backs Sanders' candidacy asked the senator whether he will encourage his supporters to back Clinton if she wins the nomination.

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A video of Virginia McLaurin dancing with the Obamas went viral in February, but the 107-year-old DC resident has been unable to travel for a flood of interview requests, as she has been unable to replace a photo ID she lost years ago, according to Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy.

It's a glimpse into how difficult obtaining a photo ID can be for some people. In McLaurin's case it's a bureaucratic catch 22. In order for McLaurin to receive a new photo ID, she must present the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles with her birth certificate from South Carolina. But she needs a photo ID to get the birth certificate, she told Milloy.

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"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace on Sunday said that laws aimed at keeping transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice are unnecessary and that they do not address a public safety issue.

During a panel on the show, a columnist for The Federalist, Ben Domenech, argued that laws such as the one on North Carolina, are meant to keep men from exploiting protections for transgender people in order to enter a women's bathroom or locker room.

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