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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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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Police confirmed that Democratic Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was stabbed multiple times while his son died from an apparent gunshot wound in an incident Tuesday morning at the lawmaker's Millboro, Va. home.

Corinne Gellar, spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police, said in a press conference that Deeds suffered multiple stab wounds about the head and upper torso. 

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Virginia Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli (R), breaking his silence after losing the gubernatorial election to Democrat Terry McAuliffe, suggested that a challenge to Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) may be in the cards for him.

Cuccinelli told the Washington Post in an interview published Monday that the idea of challenging Warner is "tempting" because of the popular Democrat's support for Obamacare.

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