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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Prominent Senate Republicans were pushing former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) to run for national office again in 2014 from New Hampshire, the Boston Globe reported Friday.

NRSC Chair Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Vice Chair Rob Portman (R-OH) told the Globe that despite Brown's reluctance to publicly discuss a challenge to incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the former senator is seriously weighing a run. 

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly said Friday that he can't evaluate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) policies because the governor won't agree to appear on his show.

“He won’t submit to an interview with me,” O’Reilly said on “CBS This Morning,” as quoted by Politico. “Christie will not. He just won’t do it. So I can’t tell you policy-wise how versed he is because I’ve never seen him under that spotlight. He’s going to have to get under it, whether it’s me or somebody else, but he has not come in."

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CBS correspondent Lara Logan apologized to viewers Friday for a disputed "60 Minutes" report on the Benghazi attack and said the program would issue a correction.

"Today the truth is that we made a mistake," Logan said on "CBS This Morning."

At the center of the dispute is Dylan Davies, a British security contractor who under a pseudonym gave "60 Minutes" a heroic account of his involvement in the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. After the program aired, the Washington Post and the New York Times discovered contradictions between the account Davies gave "60 Minutes" and the descriptions of the attack the contractor gave to his employer and to the FBI.

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President Barack Obama on Friday is slated to visit New Orleans for an event on the economy, the White House said.

The President is scheduled to tour the Port of New Orleans and then deliver remarks at 12:10 p.m. ET. He is expected to discuss "discuss the importance of taking measures to grow the economy and create jobs by increasing our exports," according to the White House.

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Jeffrey Hare doesn't want to live in Colorado anymore. But he doesn't want to move away either.

So the conservative at-large member of the Weld County Council has been helping lead the charge for several rural counties, including his, to secede from the state and create North Colorado. The dream Hare and others have is that the nation's 51st state would be a place where residents could be free of what they see as burdensome gun and oil regulations imposed on them by their current leaders.

That dream won something of a muted victory this week when voters in 11 rural counties split on whether the idea was a good one. Five counties voted to encourage their counties to explore secession. Six, including Weld County, the most populous among them, voted against it.

TPM caught up with Hare on Wednesday, the day after the vote, to ask what his group, the 51st State Initiative, plans to do next, why he thinks "the urbanization of America" is a problem, and why he thinks such an extreme measure is necessary.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Thursday introduced legislation that would ban abortions nationwide for women more than 20 weeks pregnant, the senator's office announced.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act draws on scientific evidence that says an unborn child can feel pain, according to Graham's office. The legislation would make it illegal for any person to perform or attempt to perform an abortion after 20 weeks, or six months, of pregnancy and would mandate a determination of the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child prior to any abortion operation. 

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A Democratic contender to succeed retiring Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) cited what he called the Tea Party's "Taliban"-like government shutdown as the catalyst for his Senate run.

“We need to challenge the tea party representatives who like the Taliban shut our country down,” Bohlinger told reporters Wednesday, as quoted by the Helena Independent Record. He then drew comparisons between the 16-day shutdown and Pearl Harbor and the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, according to the newspaper.

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