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 North Carolina GOP official who was asked to resign Thursday over a racially charged comment he made in a "Daily Show" interview doesn't regret the remark -- rather, he thinks the Republican Party has "no guts."

Don Yelton was asked to resign his post as a Republican precinct chairman after criticizing "lazy black people that wants the government to give them everything" in a Wednesday interview about North Carolina's voter ID law with "Daily Show" correspondent Aasif Mandvi. 

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said Thursday that Republicans in Congress are resentful of Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee's (R-UT) fundraising for an organization running ads against incumbents in the party.

Asked in an interview with with radio station KFYI's Mike Broomhead whether he considers Cruz and Lee part of the Republican "team," McCain said his colleagues are not happy about attacks coming from an outside organization with the tea party senators' support.

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The City of Millington, Tenn. confirmed to Memphis TV station WMC that shots were fired near the Millington Navy Base Thursday.

Update: The U.S. Navy confirmed the incident occurred near the naval base in Millington, and that as of 2:25 p.m. ET the military installation was on lockdown. Navy officials confirmed to NBC News that at least two people have been shot.

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The White House said Thursday that a reported exchange between a nameless Republican lawmaker and President Barack Obama during the government shutdown was a "miscommunication."

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters during a briefing that an anecdote Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) posted to Facebook last weekend, which described how a GOP leader told Obama "I cannot even stand to look at you" during a closed-door meeting with House Republicans, came from a miscommunicated quote. 

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