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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Top Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen (MD) on Monday blasted Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY) argument against extending unemployment benefits as "absurd" and "demeaning."

Paul said on "Fox News Sunday" that Congress would be doing a "disservice" to workers by extending unemployment benefits that are set to expire at the end of the year. Employers tend to hire people who haven't been out of work for extended periods of time, he argued.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and a delegation of more than 20 U.S. House members are slated to attend a Tuesday service in South Africa for the late Nelson Mandela, CNN reported.

House Speaker John Boehner tapped Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) to lead the House delegation, and Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Marcia Furdge (D-OH) is also expected to join the official delegation. Below is a list of other lawmakers expected to make the trip, as provided to CNN by a Democratic aide and subject to change:

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Police were negotiating with a suspected gunman early Monday morning inside a Phoenix, Arizona hospital, according to Phoenix TV station KNXV.

The suspect was contained to a portion of Phoenix Baptist Hospital's emergency room, Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump told KNXV.

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Former Mitt Romney advisor and Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie is floating a challenge to Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) in 2014.

“It’s safe to say that there’s people talking about it here, and I’m listening to them,” Gillespie told Politico in a Saturday interview. “I’ve been flattered to have it raised. There’s plenty of time to give it some thought.”

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday lamented the loss of Nelson Mandela, whom she called "a giant among us," while accepting a human rights award.

"He will be certainly remembered for the way he led, his dignity, his extraordinary understanding — not just of how how to bring democracy and freedom to his beloved South Africa, but how important it was that he first brought freedom to himself," Clinton said as she accepted an award at the Lantos Foundation. 

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Politicians paid tribune Thursday to civil rights icon Nelson Mandela after South African President Jacob Zuma announced the death of that country's first black president.

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