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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 Department of Defense announced Thursday that it will release two Guantanamo Bay prisoners to Algeria as part of an ongoing effort to close the controversial prison.

Djamel Saiid Ali Ameziane and Bensayah Belkecem will head back to their home country now that their cases have been looked over by Guantanamo Review Task Force.

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Rob Ford on Thursday denied that he tried to purchase a video of him smoking crack.

"Number one, that’s an outright lie," he told D.C. radio show The Sports Junkies, as recorded by The Star. "And number two, you can talk to my lawyers about it. But I'm here to talk football, guys. So if you want to talk football, talk football. Talk about other things, unfortunately I have to let you go."

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The National Security Agency tracks the locations of cellphones worldwide, according to documents leaked to the Washington Post by former NSA contracter Edward Snowden.

The NSA collects 5 million records a day in order to track the movements of individuals, according to documents and intelligence officials interviewed by the Washington Post. The agency taps into cables that connect cellphone networks globally.

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Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) said Wednesday that it is in the Middle Eastern culture to lie during negotiations.

"In the Middle Eastern culture, it is looked upon with very high regard to get the best deal possible no matter what it takes -- and that includes lying," Hunter said in an interview with C-SPAN. "That's one reason that these Gulf states like to work with the United States -- because we're honest and transparent and we have laws that we have to live by."

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Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) said Wednesday that if the U.S. needs to use the military option against Iran, America should deploy its "tactical nuclear devices."

"I think if you have to hit Iran, you don't put boots on the ground. You do it with tactical nuclear devices, and you set them back a decade or two or three," Hunter said in an interview with C-SPAN. "I think that's the way to do it -- with a massive aerial bombardment campaign."

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