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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Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL), the first-term congressman charged with cocaine possession Tuesday, was allegedly caught purchasing the drug in an undercover sting operation, according to media reports

Anonymous law enforcement sources told ABC News that a suspected dealer under investigation by a Drug Enforcement Administration/FBI task force told agents Radel was one of his customers. 

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Former President George W. Bush sat down Tuesday night with comedian Jay Leno and weighed in on everything from his presidential legacy to his painting.

"I did the best I could do,” Bush said on "The Tonight Show." “I’m also very comfortable with the fact that it’s going take a while for history to judge whether the decisions I made are consequential or not. And therefore, I’m not too worried about it.”

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The University of Virginia Medical Center on Tuesday updated state Sen. Creigh Deeds' condition from critical to fair, according to multiple media reports.  

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Police confirmed that Democratic Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was stabbed multiple times while his son died from an apparent gunshot wound in an incident Tuesday morning at the lawmaker's Millboro, Va. home.

Corinne Gellar, spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police, said in a press conference that Deeds suffered multiple stab wounds about the head and upper torso. 

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Virginia Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli (R), breaking his silence after losing the gubernatorial election to Democrat Terry McAuliffe, suggested that a challenge to Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) may be in the cards for him.

Cuccinelli told the Washington Post in an interview published Monday that the idea of challenging Warner is "tempting" because of the popular Democrat's support for Obamacare.

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Scandal-plagued Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has not received drug or alcohol treatment after admitting that he smoked crack cocaine during what he called one of his "drunken stupors."

The mayor told "Today" host Matt Lauer that he has a "weight issue" he was training for every day, but was not receiving other treatment. If he has been impaired on the job, Ford said, it was an isolated incident.

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