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Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at email@example.com.
The Alabama Supreme Court's chief justice ordered probate judges and other state employees not to issue or recognize marriage licenses for same-sex couples, even though a federal appeals court ruling cleared the way for gay marriage to begin in the state on Monday.
NBC News assigned the head of its investigative unit to look into "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams' statements about taking fire while reporting on the Iraq War, the New York Daily News and the Associated Press reported Friday.
Photos published online in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina show flood waters surrounding the Ritz Carlton Hotel in New Orleans, where NBC anchor Brian Williams has said he saw a body float by his room.
The New York Post had a field day with its cover Friday after longtime NBC anchor Brian Williams was forced to recant a story he'd been telling for years: that a military helicopter he flew in was forced down by rocket fire in Iraq in 2003.
Evangelical radio host Bryan Fischer has made it clear that he considers Christians to be privileged above people of all other faiths, including Jews, during his time with the social conservative group American Family Association.
Fischer served prominently as AFA's spokesman and director of issue analysis until last week. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow first reported that AFA president Tim Wildmon dropped Fischer as spokesman, in particular because of past comments he made about gays and Hitler.
Fischer's alleged firing -- he maintains that he chose to scale back his duties so that his personal views weren't conflated with those of AFA -- came as nonprofit groups reportedly pressured the Republican National Committee to cancel its participation in a week-long trip to Israel organized and paid for by AFA and its subsidiary, the American Renewal Project.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus had been confirmed to attend, American Renewal Project founder David Lane told Haaretz last week. Yet Priebus lunched with Senate Republicans Tuesday on Capitol Hill; clearly he didn't make the trip.
If Priebus had flown to Israel with about 60 other committee members, according to Lane's tally, he may well have been forced to reconcile the RNC's stated support for Israel with the heated rhetoric of the host organization's former spokesman.
Here's a sampling of some of Fischer's inflammatory statements: