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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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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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One New Hampshire lawmaker is willing to go to extremes to prevent former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) from exerting his influence in the Granite State. 

Republican state Rep. JR Hoell told conservative blog Granite Grok that if Brown answers the call of Republicans trying to draft him into running against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), "firearms and ammo" may be necessary to protect the state from what he called Brown's "RINO," anti-gun policies.

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Being in the United States without documentation shouldn't be singular grounds for deportation, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said in an interview this weekend.

"Our view of the law is that if somebody is here without sufficient documentation, that is not reason for deportation," Pelosi said on Telemundo's "Enfoque." "If somebody has broken the law, committed a felony or something, that’s a different story."

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