Catherine Thompson

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

Articles by Catherine

Nearly 50 years ago, the FBI sent civil Martin Luther King, Jr. a letter threatening to make public sordid details of his sex life if the civil rights icon failed to do the "one thing left for you to do."

That one thing, King believed, was to commit suicide. Obviously he didn't heed the warning, and even after King's affairs were revealed he continued to be remembered for his civil rights legacy.

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The big story out of Colorado last Tuesday was Republican Rep. Cory Gardner's victory over incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall. But on a more local level, Democratic candidates triumphed over pro-gun GOP lawmakers who were elected to the state Senate last year in contentious recall efforts.

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