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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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The National Rifle Association on Wednesday endorsed incumbent Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) over his primary challenger, outspoken gun rights advocate Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX).

“John Cornyn is a consistent and passionate champion of our Second Amendment rights,” Chris Cox, chairman of the NRA's Political Victory Fund, said in a statement highlighting the incumbent senator's A+ rating from the organization.

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Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) Republican colleagues believe the popular conservative is more likely to seek a new leadership position within the House than run for president in 2016, The Hill reported Tuesday.

Some House conservatives, who spoke to The Hill on condition of anonymity, doubted the former vice presidential candidate's ability to best conservative governors in a presidential primary. At least one cited the bipartisan budget deal Ryan struck with Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) as a potential liability and called it "a pretty good sign he’s not running for president.” 

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Republican Bradley Byrne cruised to a landslide victory over Democrat Burton LeFlore in a special election for Alabama's first congressional district.

The Associated Press declared the former state senator the winner at about 9 p.m. ET Tuesday. Unofficial returns showed Byrne taking about two-thirds of the vote and carrying every county in the district, according to al.com.

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First, there was a Festivus pole

Then on Monday the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Atheists, Humanists and Agnostics group placed a "Flying Spaghetti Monster" among the holiday displays inside Wisconsin's Capitol.

Any group that submits an application to Capitol police can erect a display in accordance with the First Amendment ban on state establishment of religion, according to the Associated Press.

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