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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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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The circumstances surrounding Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich's (R) sudden death last week remained a mystery even as the state's political establishment prepared to pay its respects today to the man who was the GOP's leading gubernatorial candidate.

Schweich died Thursday of an apparent suicide, just minutes after arranging a meeting with reporters to go public with allegations that the state Republican Party's top official had been spreading misinformation about his religion.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to deliver remarks Monday at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference, a day before he is scheduled to address the U.S. Congress.

Watch below via NBC News:

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