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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Pistol permit applications in Newtown, Conn. jumped in the five months following last December's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Hartford Courant reported Tuesday.

Newtown residents applied for 183 permits from January through May of this year, according to the Courant. That number is a 110 percent increase over the first five months of 2012, when residents applied for 87 permits.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) slammed the Food and Drug Administration's "nanny state" at an event Monday, warning attendees that the agency is "coming after your doughnuts!"

At a Republican fundraiser in Charleston, S.C., Paul said the Affordable Care Act is a slippery slope leading to Americans being denied "Big Gulps" and doughnuts. Last week, the FDA announced it would require the food industry to phase out all trans fats. 

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Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) said Monday that immigration reform will be "dead" in the House if lawmakers don't act by early next year. 

In an interview with Fusion's Jorge Ramos, Diaz-Balart, one of the key House GOP negotiators for immigration reform, said it would be a "critical mistake" not to act on reform. But he also acknowledged, as he previously told the Washington Post, that it's unrealistic to hope legislation could be passed by the end of this year.

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A white candidate who won a local election in a largely black district in Houston denied Monday that he used campaign mailers to mislead voters into thinking he is black.

Dave Wilson, an anti-gay activist, beat a black incumbent named Bruce Austin last week for a seat on the Houston Community College Board of Trustees. Austin told the Houston Chronicle that his opponent purposely left photos of himself off campaign materials in order to deceive voters.

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MSNBC host Chris Matthews got a rise out of the crowd Thursday at Thinkfest, an event sponsored by Philadelphia Magazine, by suggesting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) wife gets "crushed" under the weight of her husband.

"Two days after election day, Chris Christie has crushed his opponent. Is he going to be the Republican nominee--" Philadelphia Magazine's Tom McGrath said while speaking with Matthews on stage.

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Prominent Senate Republicans were pushing former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) to run for national office again in 2014 from New Hampshire, the Boston Globe reported Friday.

NRSC Chair Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Vice Chair Rob Portman (R-OH) told the Globe that despite Brown's reluctance to publicly discuss a challenge to incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the former senator is seriously weighing a run. 

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