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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When FBI agents searched the practice of a wealthy Florida ophthalmologist for evidence of health care fraud, they came across a black notebook filled with names and phone numbers, including that of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), in addition to some photos of women in lingerie printed with their body measurements.

Federal prosecutors say Menendez was referenced on nine separate pages in the notebook, which belonged to Dr. Salomon Melgen, the longtime friend and donor accused of bribing the senator in exchange for his advocacy on behalf of Melgen's business interests. An FBI agent wrote in a search warrant that agents at the scene said the notebook "looked to be a ledger of prostitution activities," according to an affidavit.

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There's a possibility that convicted Virginia ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell may not be going to prison this month after all.

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that prosecutors have until 4 p.m. ET Wednesday to file a response to McDonnell's request to remain free pending his appeal, allowing him to stay out from behind bars temporarily, Richmond TV station WWBT reported. A federal appeals court last week rejected the former governor's request to remain free pending that appeal.

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