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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Nearly a year after his conviction on federal corruption charges, Virginia ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) appears to be headed for prison.

A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected McDonnell's request to stay out from behind bars while he appeals his convictions to the Supreme Court.

The order states that the court's mandate will take effect in seven days, suggesting that McDonnell could be ordered to report to prison as early as next week. But the former governor's lawyers have suggested that he intends to ask the Supreme Court to grant him release pending that appeal, according to The Washington Post.

A Boston man allegedly told police that he beat and urinated on a homeless man early Wednesday because the man was Hispanic, citing real estate mogul Donald Trump's comments on undocumented immigrants as justification for the attack.

In response, the Republican presidential candidate said that "it would be a shame" if his anti-immigrant campaign rhetoric inspired the beating. He immediately pivoted from the mild condemnation to praising his "passionate" supporters' commitment to restoring America to greatness.

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