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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It's safe to assume Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is happy with the Canadian health care system.

The scandal-plagued mayor sat down with Fox's "The O'Reilly Factor" for an interview that aired Monday, and Ford shook his head when correspondent Jesse Watters asked if he supported President Barack Obama.

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The Justice Department was not inclined to bring charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing classified documents because doing so would pose complications for U.S. news organizations, the Washington Post reported Monday.

Anonymous U.S. officials told the Post that no formal decision has been made, but said there is little possibility of bringing a case against Assange unless he is implicated in criminal activity beyond the disclosure of top-secret documents.

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A pro-immigration activist who on Monday heckled President Barack Obama during a speech on comprehensive immigration reform told CNN he found Obama's response "very disappointing."

"This is very urgent," Ju Hong, a graduate of the University of California-Berkeley, told CNN afterwards. "This is the only venue where I could speak out, and I'm representing the voices of other undocumented students who are actually in the detention center right now who can not be here."

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Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds (D), who suffered multiple stab wounds last week when his adult son attacked him before committing suicide, on Monday placed the blame for the tragedy on a local community services board.

Deeds said in an interview with a Bath County newspaper that a local mental health services agency, the Rockbridge Area Community Services board, was "responsible" for his son Gus' death, according to the Washington Post.

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The chairman of Florida's state Republican Party on Monday called for Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) to resign after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession.

"The people of Florida's 19th Congressional District need a Congressman who is 100 percent focused on the needs of Southwest Florida," Chairman Lenny Curry said in a news release, as quoted by NBC News. "Therefore, Congressman Radel should step down and focus his attention on rehabilitation and his family."

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Despite the efforts of Kentucky's congressional delegation to stymie the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, uninsured residents in one of the state's poorer counties were pleasantly surprised to find they could now enroll in health insurance plans.

The Washington Post detailed some interactions between uninsured residents of Kentucky's Breathitt County, which ranks among the poorest and unhealthiest in the nation, and a worker at a local health clinic as those residents signed up for coverage on the state-based exchange, Kynect.

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