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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Moms Demand Action and outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's coalition of mayors announced Thursday that they are combining their efforts into one nationwide gun-control movement.

"Gun violence is, unfortunately, an issue that affects every community, and coming together with Moms Demand Action today will strengthen our efforts to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals and save lives," Bloomberg said in a press release.

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Liz Cheney's Senate campaign in Wyoming continues to be dogged with news about her family.

Politico reported Wednesday that Cheney's husband was registered to vote in both Virginia and Wyoming despite signing a document in the latter state saying he was not registered elsewhere.

Phil Perry registered as a Wyoming voter in March with the Teton County clerk's office, according to Politico. County clerk Sherry Daigle told the publication Perry "signed an oath saying he was not currently registered anywhere else."

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Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) seems to be doing all he can lately to differentiate himself from presumed 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton while fueling speculation about his own presidential ambitions.

After a Weekly Standard interview highlighted comments Schweitzer made suggesting the former secretary of state might take a turn to the "hard right" politically, the former governor took an implicit shot Wednesday at Clinton's voting record.

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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's "lying" to Congress about the scope of government surveillance did more damage than fugitive contractor Edward Snowden's leaks, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Wednesday.

"I find that really, that Clapper lying to Congress is probably more injurious to our intelligence capabilities than anything Snowden did because Clapper has damaged the credibility of the entire intelligence apparatus, and I'm not sure what to believe anymore when it comes to Congress," Paul said on CNN's "The Situation Room."

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Phil Robertson, the star of America's biggest cable television show, was on hiatus after his remarks on homosexuality in a GQ interview caused a stir.

A&E announced Wednesday that the "Duck Dynasty" patriarch was indefinitely suspended from filming the show after organizations like GLAAD condemned his remarks, according to USA Today.

"We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson's comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty," A&E said in a statement, as quoted by USA TODAY. "His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely."

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ABC's Barbara Walters predicted that America may be on the cusp of a second Clinton era as she introduced her "Most Fascinating Person of 2013."

But former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the recipient of that distinction, insisted she had not made up her mind about running for president and would not make up her mind until 2014. 

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The National Rifle Association on Wednesday endorsed incumbent Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) over his primary challenger, outspoken gun rights advocate Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX).

“John Cornyn is a consistent and passionate champion of our Second Amendment rights,” Chris Cox, chairman of the NRA's Political Victory Fund, said in a statement highlighting the incumbent senator's A+ rating from the organization.

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