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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Using a line from an old "Popeye" comic, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Wednesday that the newly reached budget agreement was like paying "Tuesday for a hamburger today."

"There is a recurring theme in Washington budget negotiations. It's I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today," Paul said in a statement. "I think it's a huge mistake to trade sequester cuts now, for the promise of cuts later. The small sequester spending cuts were not nearly enough to address our deficit problem. Undoing tens of billions of this modest spending restraint is shameful and must be opposed. I cannot support a budget that raises taxes and never balances, nor can I support a deal that does nothing to reduce our nation's $17.3 trillion debt."

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A day after explaining that Obamacare is not the same as apartheid, Jon Stewart had to explain on Tuesday's "Daily Show" that shaking hands with Cuban President Raul Castro is not the same as shaking hands with Adolf Hitler.

The media flipped out over Obama shaking hands with Castro at Nelson Mandela's memorial service, Stewart said, "a gesture so meaningless you could train a bassett hound to do it."

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Pope Francis was named Time Magazine's Person of the Year on Tuesday.

"For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world’s largest faith to confronting its deepest needs and for balancing judgment with mercy, Pope Francis is TIME’s 2013 Person of the Year," Time editor Nancy Gibbs wrote.

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Ex-CBS anchor Dan Rather said Monday that there was a key difference between the mistakes that led to his departure from the network and those made in an infamous "60 Minutes" report on Benghazi by correspondent Lara Logan.

Namely, he said, the story he pursued was true, while Logan got "taken in by a man who was a fraud."

"I know what it feels like to be the correspondent who is the center of controversy, when there are people above and below you," Rather said on CNN's "Piers Morgan Live." "I will make this point with our story, the one that led to our difficulty, no question the story was true. What the complaint was, while eventually most of us lost our jobs, was okay, your story was true but the way you got to the truth was flawed. The process was flawed. That's not the case with the Benghazi story. Unfortunately -- and there's no joy in saying it -- they were taken in by a man who was a fraud." 

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