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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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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's "lying" to Congress about the scope of government surveillance did more damage than fugitive contractor Edward Snowden's leaks, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Wednesday.

"I find that really, that Clapper lying to Congress is probably more injurious to our intelligence capabilities than anything Snowden did because Clapper has damaged the credibility of the entire intelligence apparatus, and I'm not sure what to believe anymore when it comes to Congress," Paul said on CNN's "The Situation Room."

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Phil Robertson, the star of America's biggest cable television show, was on hiatus after his remarks on homosexuality in a GQ interview caused a stir.

A&E announced Wednesday that the "Duck Dynasty" patriarch was indefinitely suspended from filming the show after organizations like GLAAD condemned his remarks, according to USA Today.

"We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson's comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty," A&E said in a statement, as quoted by USA TODAY. "His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely."

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ABC's Barbara Walters predicted that America may be on the cusp of a second Clinton era as she introduced her "Most Fascinating Person of 2013."

But former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the recipient of that distinction, insisted she had not made up her mind about running for president and would not make up her mind until 2014. 

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The National Rifle Association on Wednesday endorsed incumbent Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) over his primary challenger, outspoken gun rights advocate Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX).

“John Cornyn is a consistent and passionate champion of our Second Amendment rights,” Chris Cox, chairman of the NRA's Political Victory Fund, said in a statement highlighting the incumbent senator's A+ rating from the organization.

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Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) Republican colleagues believe the popular conservative is more likely to seek a new leadership position within the House than run for president in 2016, The Hill reported Tuesday.

Some House conservatives, who spoke to The Hill on condition of anonymity, doubted the former vice presidential candidate's ability to best conservative governors in a presidential primary. At least one cited the bipartisan budget deal Ryan struck with Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) as a potential liability and called it "a pretty good sign he’s not running for president.” 

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Republican Bradley Byrne cruised to a landslide victory over Democrat Burton LeFlore in a special election for Alabama's first congressional district.

The Associated Press declared the former state senator the winner at about 9 p.m. ET Tuesday. Unofficial returns showed Byrne taking about two-thirds of the vote and carrying every county in the district, according to al.com.

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