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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Republican lawmakers in Texas filed a bill Thursday similar to the controversial law in North Carolina known as HB2 that would keep transgender individuals from using the public restroom that corresponds to their gender identity.

The bill, called the Privacy Protection Act, would mandate that people use the bathroom in schools and government buildings that correspond to their "biological sex" and would bar local governments from enacting ordinances allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice. The legislation would allow schools to accommodate transgender students with a single-occupancy bathroom or other arrangement and also establishes fines for schools or agencies that do not comply.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Thursday morning knocked Donald Trump for calling him a "clown" over Schumer's Wednesday comments about Republican plans to repeal Obamacare.

"I’d say to President-elect [sic] that this is serious, serious stuff. People’s health is at stake, and people’s lives are at stake," Schumer told reporters on Capitol Hill when asked about Trump's comments.

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United States intelligence agencies obtained evidence after the November election that allegedly showed Russia leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee to Wikileaks through a third party, Reuters reported Thursday morning.

Officials had linked Russia to the hacks earlier but had not been clear on the amount of control Russia had over the leaks, unnamed U.S. officials told Reuters.

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Donald Trump and his transition team are working on a plan to revamp and reduce the size of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the CIA because the President-elect believes that the U.S. intelligence community is biased against him and has tried to undermine his election, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday evening.

Trump's national security adviser, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, and his nominee to lead the CIA, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) also believe that the DNI and CIA are biased, and the two are helping devise the plan to restructure the agencies, according to the Journal.

Per the Wall Street Journal:

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Donald Trump on Thursday morning published a series of tweets attacking Congressional Democrats' messaging on Obamacare and calling for a bipartisan healthcare plan.

The President-elect published the tweetstorm around 7 a.m. ET the day after Democrats met with President Obama on Capitol Hill to devise a plan to defend the Affordable Care Act.

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Just a few days after taking office, Democratic North Carolina Gov. Rory Cooper on Wednesday said that he will seek to expand Medicaid even though a 2013 state law bars him from doing so, the News and Observer reported.

While speaking at an economic forum in Durham, Cooper said he would file a request for the federal government to change the state's Medicaid plan by Friday, according to the News and Observer.

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Following a meeting with President Obama about plans to defend his signature health care law, Hill Democrats on Wednesday morning said that they are prepared to fight for Obamacare as Republicans push to repeal the law.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told reporters that in the meeting Obama emphasized the importance of keeping the Affordable Care Act, as well as Medicare and Medicaid. Schumer also said that he is confident that three of the most popular aspects of Obamacare — banning insurers from denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, allowing young adults to stay on their parents' health insurance until age 26, and ensuring equal treatment for women — will remain.

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In a Tuesday letter to congressional leaders, the American Medical Association (AMA) came out against plans floated by Republicans to quickly repeal Obamacare but delay fully replacing the law.

The AMA told congressional leaders that they must reveal their plans to replace the Affordable Care Act before repealing the legislation.

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