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

Jon Stewart was expecting a smooth transition back to "The Daily Show" Monday night after two weeks of summer vacation.

But between the migrant crisis at the Texas-Mexico border, the rise of Islamist militants in Iraq and the escalating Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the news Stewart missed was enough to kill the comedian's new tropical parrot.

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Is it 2016 already?

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) launched a fresh volley Monday against Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) in a growing foreign policy feud between the two potential presidential hopefuls. Paul responded to Perry's biting Washington Post op-ed with an equally punishing piece in Politico Magazine, casting the Texas governor as "stuck in the past" when it comes to finding a solution to the current crisis in Iraq and even taking a personal dig at the governor's new glasses.

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