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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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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Thursday introduced legislation that would ban abortions nationwide for women more than 20 weeks pregnant, the senator's office announced.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act draws on scientific evidence that says an unborn child can feel pain, according to Graham's office. The legislation would make it illegal for any person to perform or attempt to perform an abortion after 20 weeks, or six months, of pregnancy and would mandate a determination of the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child prior to any abortion operation. 

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A Democratic contender to succeed retiring Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) cited what he called the Tea Party's "Taliban"-like government shutdown as the catalyst for his Senate run.

“We need to challenge the tea party representatives who like the Taliban shut our country down,” Bohlinger told reporters Wednesday, as quoted by the Helena Independent Record. He then drew comparisons between the 16-day shutdown and Pearl Harbor and the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, according to the newspaper.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) won't let his feud with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) go. 

The Kentucky senator slammed Christie, without mentioning him by name, in a Senate committee hearing on Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts Wednesday. Paul suggested using taxpayer dollars to fund TV ads that featured a political candidate to promote the Jersey Shore amounted to a "conflict of interest."

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