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

Articles by Catherine

It all started with a chain email.

"There are lessons indoctrinating children with Islam and verses of the Quran along with the United Nations Agenda," a woman named Ginger Russell wrote before quoting from a high-school level world history lesson she said promoted a "loving kinder Islam."

Russell sent the email in October 2012 to school board members and officials in Irving, Texas with the subject line "IRVING ISD INDOCTRINATING ISLAM,” according to a Dallas Morning News report from that time. The newspaper reported that the email prompted the district to launch an investigation into whether the curriculum it used was too pro-Islam.

Just under three years later, a 14-year-old Muslim student at Irving's MacArthur High School was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to class that police thought looked like a "movie bomb."

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The 6-foot-3-inch tall Jeb Bush inexplicably stood on his tiptoes for a group photo op before Wednesday night's Republican presidential primary debate.

So Fox News' Bill Hemmer tried to get to the bottom of it when he debriefed with the former Florida governor Thursday morning on "America's Newsroom."

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