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Allegra Kirkland

Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.

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President Obama celebrated the character of House Speaker John Boehner during a Friday press conference, saying he "is a good man. He is a patriot." Obama said that although he has had "a lot of disagreements" with Boehner, he had a good working relationship with the speaker, who plans to step down on Oct. 30.

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Frustrated Facebook users were met with error messages early Thursday afternoon when the world's largest social media site briefly crashed. Though service was quickly restored, many took to Twitter to theorize about the cause of the outage. The consensus? Pope Francis was at fault.

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