Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. Before joining TPM, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She is a graduate of New York University, where she served as the deputy managing editor of NYU's student newspaper, the Washington Square News. She can be reached at

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ATLANTA (AP) — S. Truett Cathy, the billionaire founder of the privately held Chick-fil-A restaurant chain that famously closes on Sundays but also drew unwanted attention on gay marriage in recent years because of his family's conservative views, died early Monday, a company spokesman said. He was 93.

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A jury found Virginia ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) guilty of 11 counts of corruption Thursday, suggesting that they believed wealthy Virginia businessman Jonnie Williams gave $177,000 in gifts and loans to the McDonnell family in exchange for the governor lending the prestige of his office to Williams’ dietary supplements company.

McDonnell’s attorney has already vowed to appeal that verdict, and instructions that jurors received in the case will probably become a sticking point in the appeals process.

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