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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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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) slammed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) opposition to same-sex marriage Monday in a fundraising email for Christie's gubernatorial challenger, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

“Christie vetoed a marriage equality bill last year, denying thousands of New Jerseyans equality,” O’Malley wrote in the email touting state Sen. Barbara Buono (D) for governor, as quoted by the Star-Ledger. “We have a chance to defeat him and make real progress, but we need you today.”

"I was honored to lead the fight for dignity and equality in Maryland,” he continued. “And today I strongly support Barbara Buono, who can finally defeat Chris Christie and make sure that New Jersey is no longer the only state in the Northeast that doesn't recognize marriage equality.”

Christie also criticized the Supreme Court's striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) last month as a "bad decision."

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a Monday press briefing that President Barack Obama will not weigh in on whether the Justice Department should bring civil rights charges against George Zimmerman. 

"Cases are brought on their merits by the professionals at the Department of Justice," he said, adding that "it would be inappropriate" for the president to comment on the matter.

Carney said he was not sure if Obama had spoken with Attorney General Eric Holder about the Zimmerman trial.

The Gallup Organization has settled with the United States for $10.5 million amid allegations it inflated its federal contract prices and improperly negotiated a FEMA subcontract, the Justice Department announced Monday.

The Washington, D.C.-based polling and research firm violated the Fair Claims Act when it "overstated its true estimated labor hours" in proposals for U.S. Mint and State Department contracts, according to the U.S. complaint filed in November 2012. The complaint also alleges that Gallup "engaged in improper employment negotiations" with FEMA official Timothy Cannon to procure a subcontract at an inflated price, in violation of the Procurement Integrity Act.

In April, Cannon settled with the United States for $40,000 after accepting an offer of employment from Gallup while negotiating the organization's FEMA subcontract, according to the Justice Department. Cannon was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty in related criminal proceedings.

The whistleblower who originally raised the False Claims Act allegations, Gallup's former Director of Client Services Michael Lindley, stands to receive $1,929,363 of the government's recovery sum, according to the Justice Department.

More Americans were likely to say their views on immigration match up with those of the Democratic party than the Republican party, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.

The Democratic party's policies on immigration aligned more closely with the views of 48 percent of U.S. adults versus 36 percent who said their views more closely hewed to those of the Republican party, according to the survey.

Republican strategists have been urging the party to embrace comprehensive immigration reform as a means to court critical Hispanic voters. While less than half of U.S. adults surveyed related to either party on the issue, the Gallup poll found adherence to Democratic policies on immigration increased to 60 percent among Hispanics -- representing a "slightly greater preference for the Democrats among Hispanics than is seen in their general political party identification."

Republican Judd Gregg, the former New Hampshire governor and U.S. senator, joined conservative columnists like the New York Times' David Brooks in urging Republicans to embrace immigration reform or face becoming a "permanent minority" in an op-ed published on Monday in The Hill.

Gregg's column, titled "GOP needs to step up to its role," stressed the importance of the two-party system to building consensus and being inclusive -- something Gregg wrote the party "is on the verge of abandoning."

"How House Republicans handle the issue of immigration will be a key test," Gregg wrote. "Can the party continue in its role as a national force for consensus and good governance in the near future? Or will it take an exclusionary path that will inevitably lead to it being a permanent minority voice?"

"If it chooses the latter course, it will have abandoned its large and critical responsibility to be a part of a reasonably well-governed constitutional system built on the need to reach consensus," he continued.

Read the column here.

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis' (D) campaign was expected to announce Monday that it raised almost $1 million in the last two weeks of June after her well-known filibuster of an abortion bill, the Texas Tribune reported.

Davis' campaign was expected to report raising $933,000 between June 17 and June 30 to the Texas Ethics Commission on its Monday filing deadline, according to the Tribune. Most of the 15,290 donations came from small donors, under $250 each.

Davis told the Tribune in an interview last week that if she decides to run to replace Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), fundraising in the red state would be "a key question." State Attorney General Greg Abbott (R), who announced his own gubernatorial bid Sunday, reported raising $4.8 million for the same two-week period, according to the Tribune.

The Washington Times announced Sunday that David Keene will take over the helm of its opinion pages weeks after stepping down as president of the National Rifle Association.

Keene said in the announcement that his goal was to "continue to expand the reach of The Washington Times as the ‘go to’ publication for conservatives in Washington and around the country by giving readers access to solid, insightful and interesting conservative perspectives on public policy and politics that they can rely on."

As president of the NRA, Keene led the organization's efforts to fight gun control in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. elementary school shooting.

The United States and Egypt on Monday will hold their highest-level public talks since former President Mohammed Morsi was ousted from power.

Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns arrived in Cairo Monday to hold meetings with officials from the military-led interim government, according to the New York Times.

Muslim Brotherhood officials vowed Monday to ramp up protests near the presidential palace and defense ministry, however, highlighting the anti-American sentiment running through Islamist circles that believe Washington had a hand in Morsi's ouster, according to the Times.

Los Angeles police officers in riot gear arrested at least seven people protesting the George Zimmerman ruling early Monday in front of the city's CNN building, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Over 100 LAPD officers fired "less-than-lethal" rounds to clear what authorities described as an unlawful assembly of about 80 people, according to the Times. The protesters condemned the acquittal of Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, carrying signs reading "We are All Trayvon Martin" and chanting "No Justice, No Peace."

Officials told the Times that the protesters were mostly peaceful, with a few outliers who were more aggressive.

This post has been updated.

First-time Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez is open to running for political office again after suffering a loss at the hands of Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) in the Massachusetts special senate election, the Boston Globe reported.

“If something does pop up and I’ve got the same passion that I had for this last race, then I would be interested in it,” Gomez told the Globe.

The former Navy SEAL and private equity investor told the Globe that he'd be open to both federal and state level elected office, saying "nothing's off the table."

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