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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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Attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing the first woman to file a sexual harassment suit against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, said Monday that more women could come forward Tuesday with similar allegations against the mayor.

Speaking after her client, the mayor's former Communications Director Irene McCormack Jackson, was questioned by investigators about her sexual harassment claims, Allred said justice would come swiftly.

"He can run, he can hide, if that's what he's doing, but the day of judgement and justice is near," she said, as quoted by KGTV.

Allred wouldn't say to reporters whether she would represent additional clients, but said "by tomorrow, the number of accusers will grow beyond 10," according to KGTV.

NBC News asserted Monday that it is not involved in a Hillary Clinton miniseries being developed by NBC entertainment after coming under fire from the Republican National Committee.

"NBC News is completely independent of NBC Entertainment and has no involvement in this project," Communications Director Erika Masonhall tweeted.

RNC Chair Reince Priebus penned a letter to NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt Monday threatening to exclude the network from partnering with the RNC for 2016 presidential primary debates if the network doesn't scuttle the programming.

"NBC cannot purport to be a neutral party in American politics, and the credibility of NBC News, already damaged by the partisanship of MSNBC, will be further undermined by the actions of NBC Universal executives who have taken it upon themselves to produce an extended commercial for Secretary Clinton's nascent campaign," Priebus wrote. 

State Department Spokeswoman Marie Harf declined to comment Monday on why certain U.S. embassies in the Middle East and Northern Africa were closed while others were not in response to a terror threat she said originated in the Arabian Peninsula.

Embassy closures were evaluated on a post-by-post basis to determine whether each post would remain open for the week, she said, adding that the State Department prefers that diplomatic posts remain open where possible rather than closed. Many of the embassies in the Middle East were already scheduled to close for part of the week due to an Islamic holiday.

Harf said the threat emanated from the Arabian Peninsula, where al-Qaeda is active, but would not comment on whether the threat was specific or non-specific.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus accused CNN and NBC on Twitter of being 'campaign operatives' for Hillary Clinton after he penned letters to the network's executives threatening to shut them out of 2016 primary debates if they don't drop planned film projects on the former Secretary of State. 

Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus on Monday called on both NBC and CNN to drop their planned film productions of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or face losing their partnerships with the RNC for 2016 presidential primary debates.

In letters to the chairman of NBC Entertainment, Robert Greenblatt, and CNN President Jeff Zucker, Priebus slammed the networks' "thinly-veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election" as unfair to other potential candidates from both parties.

NBC announced last month it was planning a miniseries starring Diane Lane that would follow Clinton's trajectory beginning in 1998, the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal. The series was to air before Clinton could launch a hypothetical White House run. Days later CNN also announced it would produce a documentary to be released in 2014, according to the New York Times

"If you have not agreed to pull this programming prior to the start of the RNC's Summer Meeting on August 14, I will seek a binding vote of the RNC stating that the committee will neither partner with you in 2016 primary debates nor sanction primary debates which you sponsor," Preibus wrote to the networks.

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President Barack Obama will take questions Wednesday at an online roundtable on housing policy with users from the home-buying website Zillow.com. 

"With more than 56 million monthly Zillow users, and nearly 700,000 followers on its social media channels, Zillow will offer the President a unique opportunity to engage directly with homeowners and Americans seeking to own a home,” a White House official told Yahoo! News.

Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff will moderate the discussion. Users can submit questions for the president on Zillow's Facebook page, via Twitter or by submitting a video on Youtube, Instagram or Vine and sharing with the hashtag #AskObamaHousing. The event will live stream at 1 p.m. ET on Zillow's website.

People who were listed on federal campaign records as "deceased" contributed almost $600,000 to political campaigns since 2009, according to a USA Today analysis published Monday. 

Thirty-two deceased individuals donated a total of $586,000 to federal candidates and political parties since Jan. 1 2009, according to Federal Election Commission filings reviewed by USA Today. Under federal election law, an individual can make a political candidate or party the beneficiary of his or her estate, although contribution limits apply.

A deceased day trader named Raymond Groves Burrington left over $217,000 to the Libertarian National Committee in 2007, according to USA Today, making him the top deceased donor since Jan. 1, 2009. A lawsuit filed by the Libertarian Party before a Washington, D.C. federal appeals court was seeking to throw out those limits for deceased donors (in the case of a donation to a political party, $32,400 per individual), allowing the party to receive Burrington's donation in a lump sum instead of yearly installments.

"This is pure free speech," Alan Gura, an attorney for the Libertarian Party, told USA Today. "A dead person can't corrupt someone."

A tenth woman came forward Sunday to accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of making an unwanted advance when he asked her for a "private song."

Renee Estill-Sombright, a bank employee and professional singer, told TV station KGTV that she had met Filner once before and so decided to re-introduce herself in June at a La Jolla neighborhood church benefit. 

"We were standing face-to-face and he held on to me and he was like, 'You are so beautiful,'" she said. "'You are so beautiful and I cannot take my eyes off of you.'"

Estill-Sombright told KGTV she was taken aback when Filner grabbed and held onto her hands before asking if she was married. He then said to her "'Well, you know this is a personal invitation. I would like to take you out sometime.'"

The singer later told U-T San Diego that after she sang the national anthem at the benefit, Filner had asked if she "could give him a private song."

Filner announced in July that he would begin two weeks of counseling on Monday at an undisclosed clinic. It was unclear Monday morning whether the counseling had started.

Watch an interview with Estill-Sombright below, courtesy of KGTV

Clarification: This post has been updated to show that Filner's counseling was scheduled to begin on Monday.

Police said a man was shot Saturday night in Cleveland when he attempted to take another man's keys to prevent him from driving drunk.

The suspect shot the victim in the chest before fleeing the residence, according to TV station WJW. Police located and arrested the suspect after recovering the weapon from the back yard of the residence and obtaining his name from witnesses. 

The suspect was awaiting charges, according to WJW.

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