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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Dr. Ben Carson's campaign spent days playing defense after a CNBC moderator challenged the candidate on his ties to a supplement company during the last Republican presidential debate.

But after a very bad week that saw various news outlets poke holes in his powerful personal narrative and call him out for easily disprovable claims about the Egyptian pyramids and America's Founding Fathers, this week's debate on Fox Business Network may prove to be an even tougher contest for the retired neurosurgeon.

Carson's camp was quite busy last week explaining everything from discrepancies in the candidate's biography to the rationale behind an ad aimed at black voters that featured a Carson-themed rap song.

Here's a look at the challenges he faces as he goes into Tuesday's debate:

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The conservative landscape appeared divided Friday after the Ben Carson campaign admitted that his stories about an offer to attend West Point on a full scholarship were false.

A number of commentators defended the retired neurosurgeon from what they perceived as another hit from the liberal media, and some invoked the reliable bogeymen of the Benghazi attacks in the process. But others saw the admission as a damaging revelation, if not a death knell, for the retired neurosurgeon's front-of-the-pack campaign.

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