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

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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The Texas Department of Insurance on Tuesday proposed new rules for federal health exchange "navigators," or people tasked with helping consumers enroll in Obamacare, the Washington Post reported.

The department published the proposed rules on its website:

Requirements for navigator registrations would include:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or immigration status to obtain employment in U.S. 
  • Documentation of compliance with education requirements 
  • Fingerprinting and background check 
  • Evidence of financial responsibility to protect individuals against wrongful acts

Navigators would be prohibited from the following:

  • Charging consumers for providing information about health coverage 
  • Selling, soliciting, or negotiating health insurance coverage 
  • Recommending a specific health benefit plan 
  • Providing advice regarding substantive benefits or comparative benefits of different health plans 
  • Engaging in electioneering activities or financing or otherwise supporting the candidacy of an individual for government positions

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Extension of the unemployment benefits set to expire at the end of 2013 would boost the economy and create jobs, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Tuesday.

CBO said that extending emergency unemployment compensation benefits for another year would boost the GDP because more people would be spending money.

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British police said Tuesday that they are looking into possible terrorism offenses committed by journalists at the Guardian for their publication of documents leaked by Edward Snowden, Reuters reported.

"It appears possible once we look at the material that some people may have committed offences," Cressida Dick, assistant London police commissioner, said. "We need to establish whether they have or they haven't."

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