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 National Security Agency monitored Muslim targets' visits to pornographic websites in order to discredit them, according to a Huffington Post report published Tuesday and co-authored by Glenn Greenwald.

An NSA document dated Oct. 3, 2012, provided to the Huffington Post by former security contractor Edward Snowden, identified six targets as Muslims and described them as "exemplars” of how “personal vulnerabilities” can be exploited through surveillance to harm the targets' reputations.

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Time's Mark Halperin doubled down Wednesday on his view that the Affordable Care Act will produce the effect of rationing, although he insists it does not contain so-called "death panels."

"I'll say here again what I tried to say on Twitter yesterday," Halperin said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "I didn't use the phrase 'death panels,' and I don't think there are 'death panels' in the Affordable Care Act." 

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It's safe to assume Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is happy with the Canadian health care system.

The scandal-plagued mayor sat down with Fox's "The O'Reilly Factor" for an interview that aired Monday, and Ford shook his head when correspondent Jesse Watters asked if he supported President Barack Obama.

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The Justice Department was not inclined to bring charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing classified documents because doing so would pose complications for U.S. news organizations, the Washington Post reported Monday.

Anonymous U.S. officials told the Post that no formal decision has been made, but said there is little possibility of bringing a case against Assange unless he is implicated in criminal activity beyond the disclosure of top-secret documents.

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A pro-immigration activist who on Monday heckled President Barack Obama during a speech on comprehensive immigration reform told CNN he found Obama's response "very disappointing."

"This is very urgent," Ju Hong, a graduate of the University of California-Berkeley, told CNN afterwards. "This is the only venue where I could speak out, and I'm representing the voices of other undocumented students who are actually in the detention center right now who can not be here."

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