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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The conservative blogosphere lit up this weekend with the news that potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson had been designated an anti-LGBT "extremist" by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
William A. Jacobson of the blog Legal Insurrection appeared to have been the first to notice that Carson was among those listed on what he called the SPLC's "'Extremist' watch lists." He wrote Friday that "the Southern Poverty Law Center ceased long ago to be a neutral source of information."
There were two issues with Jacobson's blog post, however: the SPLC does not maintain "watch lists," and Carson's profile had been live in the organization's "Extremist Files" for months.
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.