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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 Pentagon confirmed that U.S. Special Forces aided Iraqi soldiers in rescuing hostages from an Islamic State prison in northern Iraq on Thursday morning.

During the rescue, one American soldier was wounded and later died, according to a statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook. Four Peshmerga soldiers were wounded.

"On behalf of the men and women of the Department of Defense, we offer our sincere condolences to the family of the U.S. service member who was killed in this operation," Cook said in the statement.

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While struggling to answer a question about his favorite Marvel superhero on Wednesday night, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said that the actress playing Supergirl on a new CBS show "looked pretty hot."

During the Libre Forum in Las Vegas, Bush was asked who his favorite Marvel superhero is, according to CNN.

"I like watching the movies. I wish I owned Marvel, as someone that believes in capitalism," he said in response.

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Fox News host Andrea Tantaros is pretty sure that Vice President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that he will not run for president as part of an administration-wide plan to cover up the Benghazi scandal.

During a discussion about Biden's decision not to enter the Democratic presidential primary on "Outnumbered," Tantaros said that the timing of Biden's announcement was suspicious.

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Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) on Wednesday suggested that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) does not want to be speaker and crafted a list of purposely unreasonable demands in order to sabotage his own leadership bid.

"You know, I'm not sure he wants the job. His list of demands were so bold, they pass into almost the unreasonable," Massie said when asked on CNN whether he would back Ryan for speaker.

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Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), the chair of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, on Wednesday morning said he needs answers from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) before backing him for speaker, but the congressman did not close the door on eventually supporting Ryan.

During an interview on Fox News, Jordan said that the Freedom Caucus would meet with Ryan today to "talk about what we think is the best way."

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) seemed confident on Wednesday morning that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will be able to unite Republicans and win the speakership election at the end of the month.

The outgoing speaker told reporters that he believes Ryan will make a great speaker, but that members will ultimately have to make the decision.

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After Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced on Tuesday night that he will consider a bid for House speaker as long as a few conditions are met, members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus expressed skepticism about Ryan and his proposals.

Ryan asked that three groups of Republicans, including the House Freedom Caucus, endorse him by Friday in order to ensure that he will run for the top leadership spot. Freedom Caucus members did not dismiss Ryan's candidacy outright, but members indicated that they will need to speak with Ryan and deliberate before backing him. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), chair of the caucus, told Roll Call that members of the group will need to take a vote.

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