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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Jon Stewart surveyed the "nuclear" fallout on Thursday following the Senate's vote to eliminate the filibuster for judicial nominees, and it looked more mundane than bleak.

"So deciding to allow majority rules to incrementally increase governmental efficiency and presidential appointments is so unthinkably extreme, it’s the ‘nuclear option’?” he asked. “It’s just like Hiroshima of voting.”

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Democratic Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was discharged from the hospital Friday morning, after suffering multiple stab wounds in a Tuesday altercation that left his son Gus dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, CNN reported.

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Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS), who is considered the man who coined the term "nuclear option," said shortly after the Senate voted Thursday to eliminate the filibuster that the idea was a "mistake."

“It was mistake when we were talking about doing it,” Lott told CNN after the vote. “I still believe the Senate is a unique institution and the rules – no matter how cumbersome and difficult – are better than just making it another House of Representatives.”

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday urged voters to reject candidates who tout opposition to compromise at the ballot box.

"Whether you're a Republican or a Democrat, it's important not to vote for people who proudly say they will never compromise," Clinton said while speaking on sustainability at the Greenbuild International Conference in Philadelphia, as quoted by NBC News.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) acted like a "bully" when he invoked the "nuclear option" to eliminate the filibuster on Thursday, according to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). 

"I think what we really need is an anti-bullying ordinance in the Senate," Paul told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "I mean, now we've got a big bully, Harry Reid says he's just going to break the rules and make new rules. Never been done this way before." 

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R ) argued Thursday that some of the media's reporting about his ongoing scandal involving gifts he received from a businessman has been "inaccurate."

MSNBC host Chuck Todd interviewed McDonnell and asked the governor why Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams had given lavish gifts to McDonnell and his wife. The gifts have become the subject of an ongoing federal investigation in the final months of the governor's administration.

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