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 catherine@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski doesn't go on frequent weekend jaunts to the south of France, contrary to what her "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough would have you believe.

Scarborough loves to zing Brzezinski with the south-of-France line when they disagree on a heated topic -- most recently, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's disputed address to the U.S. Congress. TPM was speaking to Brzezinski by phone this week about her upcoming five-city "Know Your Value" tour when Scarborough jumped on the line to explain the whole France thing was just an "inside joke."

"It’s one of the great scams of 'Morning Joe,' which I paint Mika out to be an east coast elitist that does all of these things," Scarborough said. "The truth is I actually travel around a lot more than she does. She’s got two teenage girls, and she basically works and raises teenage girls."

It may be all in jest, but that perception of Brzezinski as the jet-setting daughter of a former national security adviser masks just how hard she's worked to earn her spot at the "Morning Joe" table -- and stay there after MSNBC initially refused to give her a raise. That story was recounted in Brzezinski's 2011 bestselling book "Knowing Your Value," which continues to resonate with so many women that she and MSNBC now have developed a similarly named tour to workshop what women get wrong when they try to articulate their value to their employers.

Brezezinski spoke with TPM on Monday about the tour, her new female-heavy "Mika" segment of the MSNBC show and the one "Knowing Your Value" success story that gave her chills. Scarborough chimed in with some kind words about his co-host's journey, too.

The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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It was only a matter of time before the House's special committee on Benghazi got a piece of the action surrounding Hillary Clinton's disputed private emails.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday afternoon that the panel is expected to subpoena the State Department for all emails related to the deadly 2012 attacks in Libya sent from clintonemail.com accounts, citing people familiar with the probe.

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The man accused of slaying three Muslim students last month near the University of North Carolina made one last call to his wife after his arrest.

"This is not your fault, and have a good life," Craig Steven Hicks said, according to his wife's lawyer, who spoke to the New York Times.

The two haven't spoken since, according to the Times report published Tuesday.

Hicks's wife, Karen Haggerty Hicks, is one of the few people who can give insight into her husband's possible motives. That context is key as authorities investigate whether the killings may have been a hate crime. Prosecutors on Monday also announced their intention to pursue the death penalty for Hicks.

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