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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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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Comedian Jon Stewart seemed eager to move on from Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's alleged crack cocaine usage to a more homegrown drug scandal on Wednesday's "Daily Show."

Stewart joked that although Toronto has become the "go-to shorthand reference" for cocaine stories, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) was busted for cocaine possession this week. After all, he said, "Schoolhouse Rock" taught Americans "how a bill becomes a straw."

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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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