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

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) questioned whether a hypothetical Hillary Clinton presidential bid would be a boon for working families in an interview published Wednesday.

Sanders cautioned that Clinton has not announced any intention to run for president, but told Salon that "based on the kind of centrist positions that we have seen her take in the past … it remains to be seen whether she will be a forceful advocate for working families."

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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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