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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Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday night called to congratulate the mayor-elect of an Iowa city that attracted conservative outside spending in its elections, the Des Moines Register reported.

Coralville, Iowa City Council member John Lundell, whom unofficial results showed winning the mayoral contest, told the newspaper he was surprised by a phone call from Biden soon after the returns looked to be solidly in his favor.

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Five of 11 Colorado counties voted by strong margins Tuesday in favor of seceding from the state, the Denver Post reported.

Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Phillips, Washington, and Yuma counties voted for a 51st State Initiative, according to the Post. Voters in Weld County, the most populous of the counties that put a 51st state question on the ballot, resoundingly rejected secession 58 percent to 42 percent.

Secession advocates in those counties, almost all of which are located in the rural northeast of Colorado, cite a litany of policy differences with their state lawmakers in urban Denver. They oppose the state legislatures' restrictions on guns and the oil and gas industries, as well as expanded energy standards for rural co-ops.

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The Illinois legislature is drawing close to voting Tuesday on a long-stalled gay marriage bill, according to media reports.

Now that House Speaker Mike Madigan (D) has shown support for the bill, it may collect the 60 votes it needs to legalize gay marriage in the state, according to Chicago TV station WMAQ

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President Barack Obama is shooting for a Nobel Prize in "fiction" by misleading Americans about the Affordable Care Act, according to one GOP congressman.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), a member of the House Oversight Committee, told Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Monday that Obama misled Americans by telling them to apply for insurance by mail rather than through the law's glitchy web portal when applications from both get stuck in the same queue. 

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The New York Post's infamous "Bag Men" headline published in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings wasn't defamatory, the newspaper argued in its libel suit defense, just an "attention-getter."

The Washington Post's Erik Wemple reported Monday that the newspaper, embroiled in a libel claim filed by the two Boston residents depicted as suspects in the Marathon bombings on its front page, argued in a court brief that its headline was nothing more than "a play on words" considering that "a headline is 'commonly understood to function primarily as an attention-getter.'"

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A Republican congressional candidate from Alabama with a history of combating homosexuality said on the campaign trail in 2002 that gays should return to California or Vermont or "wherever they came from."

Mother Jones on Monday surfaced a Associated Press interview from 2002 with real estate developer Dean Young, who is vying for the Republican nomination in a runoff election Tuesday for Alabama's first congressional district, in which the candidate suggested gays must have moved to Alabama from other areas since they're not native to the state.

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Add another outlet to the growing list of sources Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) allegedly plagiarized: parts of an op-ed the Kentucky senator wrote in September closely resemble an article published days earlier in The Week.

Buzzfeed reported Monday night that paragraphs from Paul's Washington Times op-ed on mandatory minimum prison sentences, published on Sept. 20, appear to lift language from an article by The Week's Dan Stewart published on Sept. 14.

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