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Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a news writer for Talking Points Memo. Before joining TPM, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett and interned at The L Magazine. At New York University 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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Rep. Steve Stockman's Senate campaign capitalized Friday on the firestorm surrounding the star of "Duck Dynasty" to draw a bright line between the tea party congressman and incumbent Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). 

The congressman's campaign tweeted an image of "Pajama Boy," the face of the Obama administration's latest push for health care awareness, alongside a headshot of Phil Robertson, the "Duck Dynasty" patriarch suspended by A&E for making anti-gay comments. "Pajama Boy" is labeled as Cornyn while Robertson is labeled as Stockman.

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Silicon Valley deserves its own state, according to one wealthy tech investor's proposal to partition the state of California into six pieces.

Venture capitalist Tim Draper shared his proposal with TechCrunch on Thursday and said he planned to submit a formal ballot proposition to California's attorney general within 48 hours. 

Draper detailed the reasoning behind the "Six Californias" initiative in an email to TechCrunch:

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Thursday broke with a number of conservatives who rushed to defend the star of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" after the network suspended him for making inflammatory anti-gay comments.

O'Reilly said he wasn't surprised, and A&E shouldn't be surprised, by the Robertson clan's brand of fundamental Christianity. But the Fox News host said Phil Robertson made a "mistake" in his "condemnation line." 

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is starting to grow on Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

Asked at a press conference whether he's thought about how to make the next year a more productive one for Congress, Reid brought up his growing admiration for the senator from Kentucky. 

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Moms Demand Action and outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's coalition of mayors announced Thursday that they are combining their efforts into one nationwide gun-control movement.

"Gun violence is, unfortunately, an issue that affects every community, and coming together with Moms Demand Action today will strengthen our efforts to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals and save lives," Bloomberg said in a press release.

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Liz Cheney's Senate campaign in Wyoming continues to be dogged with news about her family.

Politico reported Wednesday that Cheney's husband was registered to vote in both Virginia and Wyoming despite signing a document in the latter state saying he was not registered elsewhere.

Phil Perry registered as a Wyoming voter in March with the Teton County clerk's office, according to Politico. County clerk Sherry Daigle told the publication Perry "signed an oath saying he was not currently registered anywhere else."

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