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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The Slate blogger whose piece, "Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore," was trashed by Megyn Kelly responded Thursday with a reality check for the Fox News host.

Aisha Harris' message to Kelly: "Santa isn't real."

The Fox News host went off on Harris' article Wednesday, insisting it was a "verifiable fact" that Santa was white. Kelly argued if the image of a white Santa made Harris "uncomfortable," that didn't mean the image "has to change."

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) warned Thursday that lawmakers should actually take the time to read the budget deal he reached with Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) before they criticize it.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Tuesday called the deal "irresponsible" and vowed to oppose it, even though he voted against sequestration cuts. MSNBC host Joe Scarborough asked Ryan what he would say to Rubio's criticism.

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Former President George W. Bush had some encouraging words for University of Alabama kicker Cade Foster. 

"Dear Cade (#43), Life has its setbacks. I know!" Bush wrote in a letter to Foster, which the kicker posted to his Twitter and Instagram accounts on Wednesday. "However you will be a stronger human with time. I wish you all the best- Sincerely- another 43 George Bush."

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka blasted Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) newly reached budget deal for leaving out an extension of unemployment benefits.

"It is shocking that Republicans have refused to include an extension of unemployment benefits in today’s budget agreement," Trumka said in a written statement. "At the end of December, federal unemployment benefits will expire for 1.3 million jobless workers. Lawmakers must not desert these workers by going home for their own holidays without extending the federal unemployment benefits program."

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