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Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a news writer for Talking Points Memo. Before joining TPM, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett and interned at The L Magazine. At New York University 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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The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, who published several articles about National Security Agency surveillance programs based on information leaked by fugitive former security contractor Edward Snowden, has struck a deal with publisher Metropolitan Books to pen a book on NSA surveillance, the Atlantic Wire reported Thursday.

An announcement from Metropolitan Books said that the book will contain "new revelations exposing the extraordinary cooperation of private industry," according to the Atlantic Wire.

Greenwald's NSA tell-all is scheduled to be published in March 2014.

A woman has come forward to a San Diego news outlet for the first time to say that she was sexually harassed by Mayor Bob Filner -- when Filner was still a congressman.

"He is abusing his power and when he came out and did a DVD saying he is sorry and he had an apology and he would take a harassment class," the woman told San Diego TV station KGTV in an interview posted Wednesday. "It goes much, much further than that and that's what made me decide to talk to you about this."

The woman, who was only shown in silhouette, told KGTV that she lobbied Filner on behalf of California's Association of Realtors while he was a congressman. KGTV protected her identity because she feared repercussions.

She said that she felt violated when Filner would touch her inappropriately while photos were taken in his office.

"The first time I stood next to him in a photo he kind of rubbed the shoulders and up and down the back," she said. "It would go to where he would caress on the bottom and up the shoulders."

Watch the full interview below, courtesy of KGTV: 

This post has been updated.

The South African government said that hospitalized former President Nelson Mandela's health is "steadily improving" as he celebrates his 95th birthday Thursday, Reuters reported.

"His doctors have confirmed that his health is steadily improving," South African President Jacob Zuma's office said in a statement, as quoted by Reuters.

"On behalf of government and all the people of South Africa, we wish Madiba a joyous 95th birthday," the statement continued.

Mandela has been hospitalized for more than a month due to a recurring lung infection.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday said their thoughts were with civil rights icon Nelson Mandela and his family on the occasion of the former South African president's 95th birthday. 

"Our family was deeply moved by our visit to Madiba’s former cell on Robben Island during our recent trip to South Africa, and we will forever draw strength and inspiration from his extraordinary example of moral courage, kindness, and humility," the Obamas said in a statement.

"On Nelson Mandela International Day, people everywhere have the opportunity to honor Madiba through individual and collective acts of service.  Through our own lives, by heeding his example, we can honor the man who showed his own people - and the world - the path to justice, equality, and freedom," the statement continued.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday dodged questions on a potential Olympic boycott should Russia offer asylum to fugitive security contractor Edward Snowden. 

"The Olympics are a long way off," Carney said in a press briefing.

Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) had suggested Tuesday that the U.S. boycott the 2014 winter games in Sochi to send an "unequivocal signal" to Russia that offering Snowden asylum would be a breach of the law.

Carney emphasized that the boycott was suggested by a lawmaker, and that the U.S. is focused on resolving the matter by working with Russia through typical law enforcement channels. When asked if the boycott was a bad idea, he said "yes."

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) disagreed with Graham's suggested boycott Wednesday, saying the idea was "dead wrong."

Asiana Airlines will not follow through with legal action it threatened against an Oakland TV station that aired false and racially offensive names of pilots involved in the San Francisco plane crash, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

The airline said that although the racially charged names "profoundly disparaged Asiana, its employees and all Asians," it would ultimately not take legal action, according to the Times.

"Asiana Airlines, however, has decided to not pursue legal action as a result of a public apology by KTVU for the report in question and its determination to keep all of its resources dedicated to caring for the passengers and family members of Asiana flight 214 and supporting the investigation into the cause of the accident," a statement from the company read, as quoted by the Times.

A drone crashed Wednesday at Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City, Fla., WJHG reported -- for the second time in a week.

A QF 4 drone crashed by U.S. Highway 98 on the east side of the base, closing the highway to traffic for up to 24 hours, according to WJHG. Eyewitnesses told the news station that the drone crashed after it took off and exploded, trailing a large black cloud.

Tyndall destroyed another drone over the Gulf of Mexico last week, where vacationers on a nearby beach witnessed the crash, according to WJHG.

A Russian lawyer advising former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden told the Interfax news agency Wednesday that the U.S. fugitive could be close to seeing daylight for the first time since arriving at the Moscow airport weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal reported.

"The question of granting him temporary shelter will not take more than one week," Kremlin-linked lawyer Anatoly Kucherenko told the news agency, as quoted by the Journal. "I think he will be able to leave the transit zone in the next few days."

Snowden applied for temporary asylum in Russia on Tuesday.

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