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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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President Barack Obama said Friday that the U.S. delegation to the Sochi Olympics "speaks for itself," pointing out that the members of the group are known for their athletic prowess and strength of character regardless of sexual orientation.

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Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's fate lies with the U.S. courts and Attorney General Eric Holder, President Barack Obama said Friday. 

The NSA official in charge of the task force investigating Snowden's leaks, Rick Ledgett, floated the option of granting the fugitive contractor amnesty in a "60 Minutes" interview on Sunday. But Obama declined to discuss the specifics of Snowden's case in a press conference, citing the contractor's indictment on charges of espionage and theft of government property. 

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Rep. Steve Stockman's Senate campaign capitalized Friday on the firestorm surrounding the star of "Duck Dynasty" to draw a bright line between the tea party congressman and incumbent Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). 

The congressman's campaign tweeted an image of "Pajama Boy," the face of the Obama administration's latest push for health care awareness, alongside a headshot of Phil Robertson, the "Duck Dynasty" patriarch suspended by A&E for making anti-gay comments. "Pajama Boy" is labeled as Cornyn while Robertson is labeled as Stockman.

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Silicon Valley deserves its own state, according to one wealthy tech investor's proposal to partition the state of California into six pieces.

Venture capitalist Tim Draper shared his proposal with TechCrunch on Thursday and said he planned to submit a formal ballot proposition to California's attorney general within 48 hours. 

Draper detailed the reasoning behind the "Six Californias" initiative in an email to TechCrunch:

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Thursday broke with a number of conservatives who rushed to defend the star of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" after the network suspended him for making inflammatory anti-gay comments.

O'Reilly said he wasn't surprised, and A&E shouldn't be surprised, by the Robertson clan's brand of fundamental Christianity. But the Fox News host said Phil Robertson made a "mistake" in his "condemnation line." 

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is starting to grow on Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

Asked at a press conference whether he's thought about how to make the next year a more productive one for Congress, Reid brought up his growing admiration for the senator from Kentucky. 

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