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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.

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The American Family Association on Thursday called for a boycott of Target stores after the company announced that transgender employees and customers should use the bathroom of their choice.

"Corporate America must stop bullying people who disagree with the radical left agenda to remake society into their progressive image," AFA President Tim Wildmon said in a statement. "Target’s harmful policy poses a danger to women and children. We think many customers will agree."

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After Donald Trump on Thursday said that the new anti-LGBT law in North Carolina was unnecessary, the re-election campaign for the state's Republican governor, Pat McCrory, hit back and blamed the new law on the city of Charlotte.

"Governor McCrory has always said that North Carolina was getting along fine before the Charlotte city council passed its unneeded and overreaching ordinance. Now that it has been overturned, businesses can adopt their own policies - like Target has - instead of being mandated to allow men into women's restrooms by government," McCrory' spokesman Ricky Diaz said in a statement responding to Trump.

"Where the governor disagrees with Mr. Trump is that bathroom and shower facilities in our schools should be kept separate and special accommodations made when needed. It's just common sense," he added.

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Donald Trump on Thursday morning came out against the new anti-LGBT law in North Carolina, pointing out the state has seen intense backlash from businesses.

"North Carolina did something [that] was very strong. And they’re paying a big price and there's a lot of problems," Trump said during an NBC town hall when asked about the new law. "One of the best answers I heard was from a commentator yesterday saying, leave it the way it is right now. There have been very few problems. Leave it the way it is."

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The British Foreign Office recently issued a travel advisory warning citizens traveling to the United States about laws impacting the LGBT community in North Carolina and Mississippi, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

"The US is an extremely diverse society and attitudes towards LGBT people differ hugely across the country. LGBT travellers may be affected by legislation passed recently in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi," the travel advisory reads.

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Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday night defended his contentious radio interview with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday, during which Hannity called out Cruz for dodging a question about the delegate process.

On Wednesday, Hannity lamented that "this has now happened in the last three interviews with Sen. Cruz."

"I feel like I’ve been more than fair to him," Hannity said. "I think it’s a very important question. I don’t think people understand it."

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Following a dismal third-place finish in the New York Republican primary on Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said on Wednesday that none of the candidates will be able to lock up the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the presidential nomination ahead of the convention this summer.

"We are headed to a contested convention. At this point nobody is getting 1,237," Cruz told CBS Radio in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

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