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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Jeffrey Hare doesn't want to live in Colorado anymore. But he doesn't want to move away either.

So the conservative at-large member of the Weld County Council has been helping lead the charge for several rural counties, including his, to secede from the state and create North Colorado. The dream Hare and others have is that the nation's 51st state would be a place where residents could be free of what they see as burdensome gun and oil regulations imposed on them by their current leaders.

That dream won something of a muted victory this week when voters in 11 rural counties split on whether the idea was a good one. Five counties voted to encourage their counties to explore secession. Six, including Weld County, the most populous among them, voted against it.

TPM caught up with Hare on Wednesday, the day after the vote, to ask what his group, the 51st State Initiative, plans to do next, why he thinks "the urbanization of America" is a problem, and why he thinks such an extreme measure is necessary.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Thursday introduced legislation that would ban abortions nationwide for women more than 20 weeks pregnant, the senator's office announced.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act draws on scientific evidence that says an unborn child can feel pain, according to Graham's office. The legislation would make it illegal for any person to perform or attempt to perform an abortion after 20 weeks, or six months, of pregnancy and would mandate a determination of the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child prior to any abortion operation. 

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A Democratic contender to succeed retiring Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) cited what he called the Tea Party's "Taliban"-like government shutdown as the catalyst for his Senate run.

“We need to challenge the tea party representatives who like the Taliban shut our country down,” Bohlinger told reporters Wednesday, as quoted by the Helena Independent Record. He then drew comparisons between the 16-day shutdown and Pearl Harbor and the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, according to the newspaper.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) won't let his feud with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) go. 

The Kentucky senator slammed Christie, without mentioning him by name, in a Senate committee hearing on Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts Wednesday. Paul suggested using taxpayer dollars to fund TV ads that featured a political candidate to promote the Jersey Shore amounted to a "conflict of interest."

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