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 Gov. Rick Perry (R) was enthusiastic Wednesday about the prospect of changing the way the GOP conducts presidential debates -- perhaps because those changes would create fewer opportunities for candidates to make gaffes.

When Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) told a meeting of the Republican Governors Association that the Republican Party should "end the stupid way we conduct presidential debates," Perry called out "Hell, yeah" to laughter from attendees, according to Bloomberg News.

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Craig Cobb, the self-described white supremacist who seeks to turn Leith, N.D. into an Aryan enclave, got a taste of his own medicine after DNA test results revealed on daytime television that he's part-African.

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that a fellow white supremacist targeted Cobb with racially charged graffiti after his appearance on the "Trisha Goddard" show, where a DNA test revealed that he was genetically "14 percent sub-Saharan African." 

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The National Rifle Association on Tuesday filed suit against San Francisco over a new measure expanding the city's ban on large-capacity gun magazines, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The suit claimed the measure, which bans possession of magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds effective on Dec. 8, violates Americans' constitutional right to possess guns for self-defense. 

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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are expected to participate in a wreath laying ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of late President John F. Kennedy's assassination. The event is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. at Arlington National Cemetery.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Tuesday that she hoped drug charges against Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) could "humanize" Republicans' approach to food stamps.

Speaking at a BuzzFeed Brews event, Pelosi noted that when Radel allegedly purchased cocaine from an undercover federal agent on Oct. 29, the buy came "on the heels of the Republicans voting to make sure that everybody who had access to food stamps was drug tested."

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An online video game that reenacts the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting drew sharp criticism Tuesday from family members of one of the victims.

The game, titled "The Slaying of Sandy Hook Elementary School," allows players to follow shooter Adam Lanza's path through Newtown, Conn. on the day of the Dec. 14 shooting and fire his weapon on students and teachers.

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Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL), the first-term congressman charged with cocaine possession Tuesday, was allegedly caught purchasing the drug in an undercover sting operation, according to media reports

Anonymous law enforcement sources told ABC News that a suspected dealer under investigation by a Drug Enforcement Administration/FBI task force told agents Radel was one of his customers. 

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Former President George W. Bush sat down Tuesday night with comedian Jay Leno and weighed in on everything from his presidential legacy to his painting.

"I did the best I could do,” Bush said on "The Tonight Show." “I’m also very comfortable with the fact that it’s going take a while for history to judge whether the decisions I made are consequential or not. And therefore, I’m not too worried about it.”

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The University of Virginia Medical Center on Tuesday updated state Sen. Creigh Deeds' condition from critical to fair, according to multiple media reports.  

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