Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. Before joining TPM, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She is a graduate of New York University, where she served as the deputy managing editor of NYU's student newspaper, the Washington Square News. She can be reached at

Articles by Catherine

Sen. David Vitter's (R-LA) underdog gubernatorial campaign latched on to growing anti-Syrian refugee sentiment in the final days before Saturday's runoff election.

But in the process, Vitter tapped into rampant paranoia about a "missing" refugee that led to threats being made against a Catholic charity organization in charge of resettling Syrians in Louisiana—one that has a connection to his own wife.

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There is no shortage of conspiracy theories surrounding Barack Obama's presidency: some people believe he was born in Kenya, some believe he's secretly a practicing Muslim and others see his gun control efforts as a prelude to mandatory gun confiscation.

And those are just a few examples. But Obama really gets a kick out of one fever swamp dream in particular: the notion that he planned to use the "Jade Helm 15" military training exercise as a cover to implement martial law and stay in office for a third term.

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