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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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Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS), who is considered the man who coined the term "nuclear option," said shortly after the Senate voted Thursday to eliminate the filibuster that the idea was a "mistake."

“It was mistake when we were talking about doing it,” Lott told CNN after the vote. “I still believe the Senate is a unique institution and the rules – no matter how cumbersome and difficult – are better than just making it another House of Representatives.”

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday urged voters to reject candidates who tout opposition to compromise at the ballot box.

"Whether you're a Republican or a Democrat, it's important not to vote for people who proudly say they will never compromise," Clinton said while speaking on sustainability at the Greenbuild International Conference in Philadelphia, as quoted by NBC News.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) acted like a "bully" when he invoked the "nuclear option" to eliminate the filibuster on Thursday, according to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). 

"I think what we really need is an anti-bullying ordinance in the Senate," Paul told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "I mean, now we've got a big bully, Harry Reid says he's just going to break the rules and make new rules. Never been done this way before." 

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R ) argued Thursday that some of the media's reporting about his ongoing scandal involving gifts he received from a businessman has been "inaccurate."

MSNBC host Chuck Todd interviewed McDonnell and asked the governor why Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams had given lavish gifts to McDonnell and his wife. The gifts have become the subject of an ongoing federal investigation in the final months of the governor's administration.

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Comedian Jon Stewart seemed eager to move on from Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's alleged crack cocaine usage to a more homegrown drug scandal on Wednesday's "Daily Show."

Stewart joked that although Toronto has become the "go-to shorthand reference" for cocaine stories, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) was busted for cocaine possession this week. After all, he said, "Schoolhouse Rock" taught Americans "how a bill becomes a straw."

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) was enthusiastic Wednesday about the prospect of changing the way the GOP conducts presidential debates -- perhaps because those changes would create fewer opportunities for candidates to make gaffes.

When Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) told a meeting of the Republican Governors Association that the Republican Party should "end the stupid way we conduct presidential debates," Perry called out "Hell, yeah" to laughter from attendees, according to Bloomberg News.

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Craig Cobb, the self-described white supremacist who seeks to turn Leith, N.D. into an Aryan enclave, got a taste of his own medicine after DNA test results revealed on daytime television that he's part-African.

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that a fellow white supremacist targeted Cobb with racially charged graffiti after his appearance on the "Trisha Goddard" show, where a DNA test revealed that he was genetically "14 percent sub-Saharan African." 

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