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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Former Vice President Dick Cheney was floored when his daughter Liz became the target of a Facebook "attack" from within the family for her opposition to gay marriage. 

“We were surprised that there was an attack launched against Liz on Facebook, and wished it hadn’t happened,” Cheney said Tuesday at the National Press Club, as quoted by ABC News. “It’s always been dealt with within the context of the family and frankly that’s our preference.” 

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The Metro-North engineer of the train that derailed Sunday in the Bronx told police he may have zoned out prior to the deadly crash, according to media reports

An anonymous senior law enforcement official told NBC News that although engineer William Rockefeller did not say in his initial interview that he was asleep at the time, investigators did not rule out the possibility that he dozed off. 

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As Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tells it, he helped persuade Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to run for office after her Republican predecessor reneged on an agreement that could have kept him in office.

Schumer was asked in an interview with the New Republic published Monday why he says Warren shaped his outlook. In response, the New York Democrat spilled the details of an alleged deal with former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA).

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If it's December, it's time to talk about the "War on Christmas."

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly dedicated Monday's "Talking Points Memo" segment to denouncing what he called a "'Happy Holidays' syndrome" propagated by "secular progressives" and "pressure groups like the ACLU."

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The "young invincibles" the Affordable Care Act relies on to offset the cost of insuring older Americans are less familiar with the law than their elders.

According to a Gallup poll released Monday, young Americans aged 18-29 are the group least familiar with the health care law. While 63 percent of respondents in that age group said they were familiar with the law, 37 percent said they were not familiar.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday denied accusations that he backpedaled his support for a bill that would grant in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants.

“I said the legislature should move in the lame duck session towards tuition equality in New Jersey. Period,” he said at a news conference, as quoted by ABC News. “That’s what I said. I didn’t support any particular piece of legislation. And I still support tuition equality.”

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