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Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Kessler was fired from his post as the police chief of Gilberton, Pa. in September 2013. Tensions had risen between Kessler and the borough council after videos that showed him firing machine guns at an target he called "Nancy Pelosi" and ranting against "libtards" went viral -- but now he's saying that he made the videos with a federal agency as a tool to root out anti-government extremists.
In a Tuesday interview with Fox News radio host Alan Colmes, Kessler said he did not actually believe the views he expressed in the videos and was simply acting as a "magnet" for sovereign citizens and the like.
While many on the right condemned a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer for placing a black man in a fatal chokehold, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) defended the officer Wednesday and said that if the victim were healthier the whole thing could have been avoided.
Michael Brown's stepfather said Wednesday that it was "wrong" for people to blame him for the unrest that followed a grand jury's decision not to indict the white police officer who fatally shot Brown.