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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A white candidate who won a local election in a largely black district in Houston denied Monday that he used campaign mailers to mislead voters into thinking he is black.

Dave Wilson, an anti-gay activist, beat a black incumbent named Bruce Austin last week for a seat on the Houston Community College Board of Trustees. Austin told the Houston Chronicle that his opponent purposely left photos of himself off campaign materials in order to deceive voters.

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MSNBC host Chris Matthews got a rise out of the crowd Thursday at Thinkfest, an event sponsored by Philadelphia Magazine, by suggesting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) wife gets "crushed" under the weight of her husband.

"Two days after election day, Chris Christie has crushed his opponent. Is he going to be the Republican nominee--" Philadelphia Magazine's Tom McGrath said while speaking with Matthews on stage.

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Prominent Senate Republicans were pushing former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) to run for national office again in 2014 from New Hampshire, the Boston Globe reported Friday.

NRSC Chair Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Vice Chair Rob Portman (R-OH) told the Globe that despite Brown's reluctance to publicly discuss a challenge to incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the former senator is seriously weighing a run. 

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly said Friday that he can't evaluate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) policies because the governor won't agree to appear on his show.

“He won’t submit to an interview with me,” O’Reilly said on “CBS This Morning,” as quoted by Politico. “Christie will not. He just won’t do it. So I can’t tell you policy-wise how versed he is because I’ve never seen him under that spotlight. He’s going to have to get under it, whether it’s me or somebody else, but he has not come in."

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CBS correspondent Lara Logan apologized to viewers Friday for a disputed "60 Minutes" report on the Benghazi attack and said the program would issue a correction.

"Today the truth is that we made a mistake," Logan said on "CBS This Morning."

At the center of the dispute is Dylan Davies, a British security contractor who under a pseudonym gave "60 Minutes" a heroic account of his involvement in the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. After the program aired, the Washington Post and the New York Times discovered contradictions between the account Davies gave "60 Minutes" and the descriptions of the attack the contractor gave to his employer and to the FBI.

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President Barack Obama on Friday is slated to visit New Orleans for an event on the economy, the White House said.

The President is scheduled to tour the Port of New Orleans and then deliver remarks at 12:10 p.m. ET. He is expected to discuss "discuss the importance of taking measures to grow the economy and create jobs by increasing our exports," according to the White House.

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