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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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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday lamented the loss of Nelson Mandela, whom she called "a giant among us," while accepting a human rights award.

"He will be certainly remembered for the way he led, his dignity, his extraordinary understanding — not just of how how to bring democracy and freedom to his beloved South Africa, but how important it was that he first brought freedom to himself," Clinton said as she accepted an award at the Lantos Foundation. 

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Politicians paid tribune Thursday to civil rights icon Nelson Mandela after South African President Jacob Zuma announced the death of that country's first black president.

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Vice President Joe Biden said Friday that he informed Chinese leaders Washington would not recognize the country's newly declared air defense zone in the East China Sea. 

"I was very direct about my country’s position on China’s sudden announcement of an Air Defense Identification Zone," Biden said in a speech in Seoul, South Korea. "This announcement, to state the obvious, has created considerable apprehension across the region.  But I was absolutely clear on behalf of my President:  We do not recognize the zone.  It will have no effect on American operations.  Just ask my General.  None.  Zero."

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It's no secret that Scott Brown is being courted to run for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire.

But the former Massachusetts senator seemed to forget just where he was speaking Thursday night when asked during a visit to Londonderry, N.H. if he felt pressured to run against incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. 

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Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) on Thursday affirmed she would continue to support the Affordable Care Act even though its roll out was less than stellar.

"The Affordable Care Act, as I said, the bill itself has got very good concepts and yes, I would support it again," Landrieu told New Orleans TV station WAFB. "But, that doesn't excuse the poor roll out of what should have happened. There should have not been a glitch in the software."

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) said Thursday that analysts told him the state "couldn't afford" not to expand Medicaid.

So far 25 states, all of which are run by either a Republican governor or have at least one GOP-controlled chamber in the legislature, are not expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) compared the risk he sees in expanding the program to "putting 1,000 more people on the Titanic" -- although Texas would forfeit $9.6 billion in matching funds by rejecting the expansion.

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