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 catherine@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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The house "mom" who took care of the University of Oklahoma's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity was allegedly shown in a video that surfaced Monday using the N-word repeatedly.

The video surfaced hours after the university president announced that the frat was being kicked off campus because of a separate video that allegedly showed frat members singing a racist chant that included use of the same racial slur.

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The New York Daily News on Tuesday used its front page to condemn Republican senators for signing an open letter to Iran warning that a potential nuclear deal could be null once President Barack Obama is out of office.

The tabloid's front page prominently featured Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Rand Paul (R-KY). It also branded the 47 senators who signed the letter as "traitors" who tried to "sabotage" the President's nuclear negotiations.

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It's been more than a week since Missouri gubernatorial candidate and state auditor Tom Schweich (R) took his own life, but the state's political community is no closer to understanding what truly prompted the tragedy.

Schweich was reportedly planning to go public the same day that he died with allegations that the state Republican Party chairman, John Hancock, had been spreading misinformation about his religion. Some political figures have since demanded that Hancock resign his post over what Schweich believed was an anti-Semitic "whisper campaign" designed to hobble his support among evangelical Christian primary voters.

Hancock's supporters say he's no anti-Semite and argue there's no evidence of a "whisper campaign," though. Hancock's radio co-host, Democratic consultant Michael Kelly, put it this way in a call to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter: "Anyone who rushes to the conclusions that are being drawn here is not thinking about the issues that surround a person's decision to commit suicide.”

We may never know exactly what pushed Schweich over the edge to suicide, but those who knew him have said he was extremely distressed about the alleged whisper campaign.

Here's a timeline of the major events that occurred in the nasty Republican gubernatorial primary before Schweich's death and the finger-pointing that followed.

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Members of Missouri's Republican Party Committee defended their chairman Friday against allegations that he carried out a "whisper campaign" about gubernatorial candidate and state Auditor Tom Schweich's (R) faith.

Schweich committed suicide on Feb. 26 after hastily arranging an interview with local newspaper and Associated Press reporters in which he planned to publicly accuse state GOP Chairman John Hancock of telling people that he was Jewish. Schweich was an Episcopalian, although he had Jewish heritage.

But reports from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Columbia Daily Tribune showed that some members of the party organization believe there's no evidence Hancock carried out such a "whisper campaign" and are not keen on the idea of ousting the chairman.

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