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

Articles by Catherine

Forget the poll numbers -- Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who lost the 2008 presidential race to Barack Obama, knows that you can't write off an incumbent based on his approval ratings.

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A new Gallup poll found President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ranked as the man and woman Americans most admire.

The survey released Monday showed 16 percent of Americans mentioned Obama as their most admired man for a sixth consecutive year, although that figure is down from 30 percent who named him in 2012. As the poll points out, the dip reflects the President's declining approval ratings.

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For one gun activist, high-capacity magazines were the perfect Christmas gift to send a message to pro-gun control governors.

Mike Vanderboegh, the blogger at Sipsey Street Irregulars who is credited with turning Operation Fast and Furious into a subject of national news, said he sent forbidden ammunition to the governors of Connecticut, Colorado and Maryland, the New Haven Register reported Thursday.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) would be virtually tied if the 2016 presidential contest were held today, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday showed Christie up 48 percent to Clinton's 46 percent among registered voters, within the survey's margin of error.

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