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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

Kris Kobach has been advising Donald Trump on immigration issues, the Kansas secretary of state told the Topeka Capital-Journal in an interview published Sunday.

Kobach has specifically helped with Trump's proposal to force Mexico to pay for a wall along its border with the United States. When the Kansas official endorsed Trump in February, he laid out a way for Trump to use the Patriot Act to bar Mexican nationals in the United States from wiring money to Mexican residents. This loss of money would motivate the Mexican government to pay for the wall, Kobach wrote.

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The Spanish-language voter guides from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office include two errors about registering to vote in the state, while the English guides do not include the same errors.

The Spanish-language guides said that voters could register up to 15 days before the election, while the English version included the correct deadline, 21 days before the election, as the Daily Kos flagged last week. And while the English guides told voters they could use their passport as a photo ID, the guides in Spanish did not include a passport in the list.

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Canadian singer Bryan Adams on Sunday cancelled his upcoming show in Mississippi, citing the state's new law that will allow businesses to deny services to LGBT individuals.

"I cannot in good conscience perform in a state where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation," he wrote on Instagram. "Using my voice I stand in solidarity with all my LGBT friends to repeal this extremely discriminatory bill. Hopefully Mississippi will right itself and I can come back and perform for all of my many fans. I look forward to that day."

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich said on Sunday said that he likely would not have signed the new North Carolina law that prohibits local measures protecting LGBT individuals from discrimination, directs individuals to use the bathroom that corresponds with the sex on their birth certificate, and limits employees' ability to sue over workplace discrimination.

During an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation," Kasich was asked whether he would have signed the law.

"Probably not," he replied, later adding that while he hasn't studied the law, he "wouldn’t have signed that law, from everything I know."

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After Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced Friday morning that he will attend a conference on social, economic, and environmental issues at the Vatican next week, an official at the academy said that the Democratic presidential candidate showed "discourtesy" by attending the event.

While the chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences told Bloomberg News that he invited Sanders to speak, the president of the academy said that all invitations to the conference had to come through her.

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) on Thursday indicated that she would not support a bill introduced on Wednesday that would require public restrooms to direct people to use the bathroom that aligns with their birth sex and would keep local governments from letting transgender individuals choose which bathroom to use.

Haley told reporters in South Carolina that she doesn't believe the bill is "necessary" and that her office hasn't received any complaints about the issue, according to The State.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Friday morning said that Hillary Clinton is qualified to be president, just a few days after listing numerous reasons he felt she was not qualified for the job during a Wednesday campaign rally.

During an interview on NBC's "Today," co-host Savannah Guthrie asked Sanders if he believes Clinton is qualified given what he now knows. Sanders has defended his remarks by noting that he was reacting to a Washington Post headline that said Clinton had questioned whether he was qualified for president.

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While defending his comments bashing "New York values" to Bill O'Reilly, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and the Fox News host engaged in a heated debate over Donald Trump's past contributions to Democrats' campaigns.

Cruz lamented that there's no room for those who are pro-life and believe in "traditional marriage" in New York. O'Reilly then argued that Trump "doesn't subscribe to any of that."

"Of course he does. He funded it," Cruz hit back.

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During an interview on CBS News, host Charlie Rose quizzed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on his recent remark that Hillary Clinton is not "qualified" to be president, asking the senator whether the tone of the Democratic primary has changed.

Sanders told Rose that he he was simply responding to Clinton and a headline in the Washington Post that said Clinton "questioned" whether Sanders was qualified, a defense Sanders used earlier in the say at a press conference.

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