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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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Entertainer Harry Belafonte attacked conservative benefactors Charles and David Koch on Sunday, suggesting the brothers influence activists who "would belong to the Ku Klux Klan."

At a church service he attended while campaigning for Democratic New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, Belafonte said the Tea-Party-supporting moguls are flooding the country with money. He suggested the brothers have also started to "buy their way in" to New York City politics, starting with the medical care system.

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Ex-National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden argued this weekend that calls for sweeping reform of mass government surveillance justify his leaks about the U.S. spy agency's covert programs, Reuters reported.

In "A Manifesto for the Truth," published Sunday in German magazine Der Spiegel, Snowden criticized the "persecution campaign" launched by certain governments in the wake of his disclosures and argued it is now apparent his leaks haven't caused damage, according to Reuters. Instead, he wrote, the leaks provided useful information to the public that paved the way for greater oversight of government intelligence practices.

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Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate who lost to Barack Obama in 2012, said Sunday that the President's "dishonesty" about his signature health care law was "rotting" his second term.

"Whether you like the model of Obamacare or not, the fact that the President has sold it on a basis that was not true has undermined the foundation of his second term," Romney said in an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press." "I think it's rotting it away."

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President Barack Obama is expected to deliver remarks Monday night at an event for Organizing for Action, a nonprofit born out of his 2012 campaign effort, the White House said. 

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While the majority of Americans believe there is solid evidence of global warming, the GOP is deeply divided on the issue as a large share of Tea Party Republicans deny any evidence of climate change.

A poll released by the Pew Research Center Friday found Republicans facing greater internal divisions over climate change than Democrats. Just 25 percent of Tea Party Republicans said there is solid evidence of global warming, versus 61 percent of non-Tea Party Republicans.

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Two Tennessee lawmakers were scheduled to speak this weekend before a Southern secessionist organization with ties to a hate group, the Tennessean reported Thursday.

The Southern National Congress' website listed state Rep. Judd Matheny (R) and state Sen. Frank Nicely (R) as guests expected to discuss proposals for ways in which "Delegates can take back to their respective State legislatures" at the session, which runs Friday through Sunday.

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