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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Texas state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D) launched her campaign for lieutenant governor Saturday, giving Democrats hope to challenge the state's Republican leadership with a strong all-female ticket.

Van de Putte came out swinging, according to the Dallas Morning News, and took shots against the state's top Republicans as she formally announced her candidacy in front of a crowd of 700 supporters. 

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President Barack Obama on Sunday blasted House Republicans for prioritizing their re-election prospects over their duty to legislate.

“The biggest barrier and impediment we have right now is the Congress, and in particular the House of Representatives, that is not focused on getting the job done for the American people and is a lot more focused on trying to position themselves for the next election,” Obama said at a fundraising dinner for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee held outside of Seattle, as quoted by the Washington Post.

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The new chair of Washington state's Republican party accused her colleagues this week of playing into the "war on women" narrative against the GOP by denying her equal pay for equal work.

Susan Hutchison pulls in a salary of $75,000 a year -- a $20,000 cut from the salary earned by her male predecessor -- and tried unsuccessfully to request a pay raise last weekend, according to an internal party memo sent Monday and obtained by the Seattle Times.

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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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