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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Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D), who announced a run for New York City comptroller this week, did not vote in last year's presidential election even after writing a column for Slate titled "Why I Am Voting For Barack Obama" days before the polls opened, the New York Post reported Thursday.

New York City Board of Elections records showed that Spitzer did not vote at his poll site on Nov. 6, 2012 or fill out an absentee ballot, according to the Post.

A Spitzer spokesperson told the newspaper that because the former governor co-anchored Current TV's election coverage in San Francisco, "there was not enough time for him to vote or get an absentee ballot."

Members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday accused the FBI of thwarting a congressional investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings, the Boston Globe reported.

The House Homeland Security Committee had requested information from the FBI on its 2011 security review of suspected bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, according to the Globe.

"The FBI continues to refuse this committee’s appropriate requests for information and documents crucial to our investigation into what happened in Boston,” said committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), as quoted by the Globe. “I sincerely hope they do not intend to stonewall our inquiry into how this happened.”

The FBI turned down an invitation to appear before the committee Wednesday and had sent a letter dated July 3, reviewed by the Globe, stating that the agency would not be responding to all requests for information from the committee.

An FBI spokesman told the Globe that the agency was not "stonewalling" the inquiry, and did not send a witness to attend the committee hearing to avoid compromising the court proceedings that began Wednesday in the case against alleged bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Lawyers involved in a lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage said that state Attorney General Kathleen Kane will not defend the state in the case, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

Kane is named as a defendant along with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) in the suit filed this week by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of 10 couples and a widow. She is expected to announce her decision Thursday, according to the Post.

The Philadelphia Daily News first reported Kane's decision, and, as the Daily News notes, the case is believed to be the first federal case on same-sex marriage in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.

Officials said Wednesday that the U.S. will still deliver four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt after the country's political shake-up, Reuters reported.

An anonymous defense official told Reuters that the jets would likely be delivered in August, while a second anonymous official said there is "no current change" in the plan to deliver the jets to the Egyptian military.

The White House has not labelled the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi a "coup," and said Monday that immediately cutting off assistance to Egypt would not be in the U.S.'s "best interest."

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney fiercely defended the legality of a year-long delay in implementing the Obamacare employer mandate in a Wednesday press briefing.

When a reporter noted that Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, had called the legality of the delay into question in a New York Times article, Carney argued that the reporter was actually trying to bring the conversation around a greater Republican effort to undermine Obamacare. 

"This was the law. How can they change the law?" Harkin had asked, as quoted by the New York Times.

Carney said those who view such a delay is unusual are "willfully ignorant."

"The ability to postpone the deadline is clear," Carney added, suggesting that reporters check the federal register to see that the delay is "not an unusual process."

Update: This post has been updated to clarify that Carney said generally that those who believe a delay is unusual are "willfully ignorant."

A federal judge on Wednesday refused to block a Colorado state law limiting the capacity of ammunition magazines, KMGH reported.

U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger would not issue an injunction because the law had already taken effect, according to KMGH.

Sheriffs from 54 Colorado counties -- most of them rural and gun-friendly -- filed a complaint in May in federal court in Denver, arguing that the ban on magazines holding more than 15 rounds violated their Second Amendment rights, according to KMGH. The suit did not seek an injunction against a background check provision in the same law.

Some Colorado lawmakers are facing recall efforts after supporting recent gun control legislation.

Secretary of State John Kerry tearfully thanked the public Wednesday for its "remarkable outpouring of good wishes" during his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry's illness. 

"Teresa is doing better, under evaluation and we hope improving," Kerry said at the opening of talks between the U.S. and China at the State Department, appearing to choke up with emotion.

Heinz Kerry, 74, was hospitalized Sunday in Nantucket.

Watch Kerry's public comment on his wife's condition from Fox News below:

"NBC Nightly News" issued a rare on-air correction Tuesday after, according to anchor Brian Williams, several viewers and a U.S. senator complained that Monday night's broadcast left New Hampshire off a map depicting a portion of the Northeast.

"New Hampshire's gone, vanished. It apparently moved to Vermont and then New York took over a bunch of territory and nobody knew it," Williams said. "Mea culpa and full disclosure, New Hampshire was lost by our graphics department. It has since been found and put back."

Williams went on to offer a series of facts about New Hampshire. He did not say which senator had complained, but Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) later tweeted a thank-you to "Nightly News" for the correction.

Watch the factoid-loaded correction below, courtesy of NBC News: 

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[h/t Craig Silverman]

Police said a man was accidentally shot in the hand when his gun fell out of its holster Tuesday in the parking lot of a Pennsylvania Wal-Mart, according to the Centre Daily Times.

Patton Township police said the man was crossing the parking lot in a hurry to avoid holding up traffic when the gun fell, according to the Centre Daily Times. When he went to pick up the gun, they said, the firearm went off as he shifted shopping bags.

Police told the Centre Daily Times that the man had a valid firearm carry permit.

New Hampshire state Sen. Andy Sanborn (R) apologized Tuesday for comparing Obamacare to the San Francisco plane crash that killed two and injured dozens of passengers, WMUR reported.

Sanborn guest-hosted a radio show Tuesday afternoon on radio station WTPL, where he discussed the Affordable Care Act with a former Republican legislator. Sanborn said Obamacare is "barreling down on us like a jet landing in San Francisco. It's (laughter) it should make people really concerned," according to WMUR.

Sanborn, who could make a run for governor next year, told WMUR that he didn't remember making the comment, but apologized after listening to the audio. 

"It was my mistake," he said, as quoted by WMUR. "If I offended anyone I am sorry."