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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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) would be virtually tied if the 2016 presidential contest were held today, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday showed Christie up 48 percent to Clinton's 46 percent among registered voters, within the survey's margin of error.

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CBS News correspondent John Miller confirmed Thursday that he is leaving the network to return to the New York City Police Department.

Miller previously worked in law enforcement in both the NYPD and the Los Angeles Police Department under Bill Bratton, who spent time at the helm of both agencies. New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio tapped Bratton to return as chief of the NYPD in his incoming administration.

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Secretary of State John Kerry and rapper Snoop Dogg apparently bonded over a mutual love of jazz earlier this month at the Kennedy Center Honors.

Snoop Dogg posted a video to his Instagram account late Thursday of his encounter with Kerry at what appears to be a White House reception for the awards ceremony that will air Sunday, according to CNN.

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The organizing committee for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia is considering gay athletes "the business of the country that sends them" to the games.

President Barack Obama, who said his busy schedule precludes him from attending the games, named three gay athletes to the official U.S. delegation to the Olympics. Figure skater Brian Boitano came out as gay soon after the delegation was announced, joining tennis icon Billie Jean King and hockey player Caitlin Cahow.

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Two states that used the contractor that built the glitch-plagued Obamacare website are withholding payments over their malfunctioning state insurance marketplaces, the Boston Globe reported Thursday.

A spokesman for Massachusetts' insurance marketplace, the Commonwealth Health Connector, said the state won't pay more than the $11 million it has already put toward its $69 million contract with CGI, the lead contractor tasked with building

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) wielded his caucus members' committee posts as leverage in whipping up support for the bipartisan budget deal, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. 

Anonymous sources familiar with the internal discussions told the Journal that "in the run-up to the budget vote, Mr. Boehner's deputies warned chairmen who were tempted to oppose the deal that doing so could jeopardize their committee posts."

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