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

Gun owners feared President Barack Obama would use the "Jade Helm 15" military training exercise as cover for confiscating Americans' firearms and implementing martial law this summer. The exercise ended in September to little fanfare and without any guns having been confiscated.

But the underlying fear that Obama—and, now, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton—plans to confiscate Americans' guns hasn't gone away with the change in seasons. It's merely morphed and burst out into the mainstream after yet another mass shooting earlier this month at a community college in Oregon.

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House Select Committee on Benghazi Chair Trey Gowdy (R-SC), under siege from both Democrats and Republicans who've suggested the panel is pursuing a partisan investigation into Hillary Clinton, promised that new information would come out of the panel Thursday during the former secretary of state's high-profile testimony.

Yet the panel seemed to spend quite some time rehashing an old, debunked conservative conspiracy theory that Clinton deliberately blamed the attacks on a spontaneous protest in reaction to an anti-Muslim video before acknowledging that they were an act of terrorism.

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Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) diverted from the Benghazi attacks on Thursday and accused Hillary Clinton of a broader pattern of trying to take personal political advantage of foreign policy successes while she was secretary of state.

Roskam went so far as to mockingly call it the "Clinton doctrine" in a biting exchange during Clinton's high-profile testimony before a select committee on the attacks.

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