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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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Republican Bradley Byrne cruised to a landslide victory over Democrat Burton LeFlore in a special election for Alabama's first congressional district.

The Associated Press declared the former state senator the winner at about 9 p.m. ET Tuesday. Unofficial returns showed Byrne taking about two-thirds of the vote and carrying every county in the district, according to al.com.

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First, there was a Festivus pole

Then on Monday the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Atheists, Humanists and Agnostics group placed a "Flying Spaghetti Monster" among the holiday displays inside Wisconsin's Capitol.

Any group that submits an application to Capitol police can erect a display in accordance with the First Amendment ban on state establishment of religion, according to the Associated Press.

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One year into President Barack Obama's second term, it seems his closest advisers are already courting donors for the brick-and-mortar institution that will cement his post-presidential legacy.

The New York Times reported Monday that the Obama administration began concentrating on the President's foundation and library before his reelection, tasking staffer Alyssa Mastromonaco with planning a project that financial supporters estimated could cost more than $500 million.

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Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee plans to launch a publication called the "Huckabee Post" in January 2014, ABC News reported Monday.

David Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor's son, told ABC News that his father's news website will cover everything from politics to pop culture. He called the publication a "natural extension and expansion" of the commentary his father already does on other media outlets, including his radio show and Fox News.

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