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 New York Post's infamous "Bag Men" headline published in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings wasn't defamatory, the newspaper argued in its libel suit defense, just an "attention-getter."

The Washington Post's Erik Wemple reported Monday that the newspaper, embroiled in a libel claim filed by the two Boston residents depicted as suspects in the Marathon bombings on its front page, argued in a court brief that its headline was nothing more than "a play on words" considering that "a headline is 'commonly understood to function primarily as an attention-getter.'"

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A Republican congressional candidate from Alabama with a history of combating homosexuality said on the campaign trail in 2002 that gays should return to California or Vermont or "wherever they came from."

Mother Jones on Monday surfaced a Associated Press interview from 2002 with real estate developer Dean Young, who is vying for the Republican nomination in a runoff election Tuesday for Alabama's first congressional district, in which the candidate suggested gays must have moved to Alabama from other areas since they're not native to the state.

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Add another outlet to the growing list of sources Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) allegedly plagiarized: parts of an op-ed the Kentucky senator wrote in September closely resemble an article published days earlier in The Week.

Buzzfeed reported Monday night that paragraphs from Paul's Washington Times op-ed on mandatory minimum prison sentences, published on Sept. 20, appear to lift language from an article by The Week's Dan Stewart published on Sept. 14.

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The Brazilian government admitted Monday that its top intelligence agency spied on diplomatic targets from several countries including the United States, the New York Times reported.

The admission came in response to a report published Monday in Folha de Sao Paulo. The Brazilian newspaper revealed that the Brazilian Intelligence Agency, also known as Abin, followed the movements of Russian and Iranian diplomats and monitored a property leased by the U.S. embassy in the country's capital, according to the Times. 

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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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