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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The City of Millington, Tenn. confirmed to Memphis TV station WMC that shots were fired near the Millington Navy Base Thursday.

Update: The U.S. Navy confirmed the incident occurred near the naval base in Millington, and that as of 2:25 p.m. ET the military installation was on lockdown. Navy officials confirmed to NBC News that at least two people have been shot.

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The White House said Thursday that a reported exchange between a nameless Republican lawmaker and President Barack Obama during the government shutdown was a "miscommunication."

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters during a briefing that an anecdote Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) posted to Facebook last weekend, which described how a GOP leader told Obama "I cannot even stand to look at you" during a closed-door meeting with House Republicans, came from a miscommunicated quote. 

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A group of 32 House Republicans sent a letter Wednesday to President Barack Obama calling on him to request Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' resignation over's bumpy rollout.

"The scope of the problem is so great that, were this a private company or military command, the CEO or general would have been fired," the representatives wrote, as quoted by the Washington Post. "We are, therefore, calling on you to hold Secretary Sebelius accountable for the fiasco that is and ask for her resignation." 

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Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, a Democrat running for governor, said he stopped by a Delaware beach party this summer to speak to his son but wasn't responsible for stopping any underage drinking that may have taken place.

According to a story in the Baltimore Sun published Wednesday, Gansler is pictured surrounded by a crowd of dancing, shirtless teenagers in a photo circulated on social media taken at the June 13 party in South Bethany, Del.

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