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Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a news writer for Talking Points Memo. Before joining TPM, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett and interned at The L Magazine. At New York University she served as the deputy managing editor of NYU's student newspaper, The Washington Square News. She can be reached at catherine@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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President Barack Obama was not aware that the National Security Agency was monitoring world leaders and ended some of those programs once an internal review revealed the snooping, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. 

U.S. officials told the Journal that this summer an internal review by the administration turned up NSA monitoring of 35 world leaders, confirming a report in the Guardian citing a memo leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that revealed the phone conversations of 35 foreign leaders were tracked by the agency.

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Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Sunday denied that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is a leading face in the conservative movement and said the Texas senator hurt the party in his effort to defund Obamacare.

Asked on NBC's "Meet The Press" whether Cruz did more harm than good in risking a government shutdown to derail the health care law, the former Pennsylvania senator said that although Cruz's goal was admirable he did do some damage.

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One Republican congressman from a heavily Hispanic district is signing on to a Democrat-led push to advance immigration reform before year's end, the Washington Post reported Saturday.

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) told the Post he's the first Republican to co-sponsor with 185 Democrats a plan giving undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship, and he expects "more to come on board."

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for a dialogue on government surveillance Friday, her comments coming as American allies raise concerns over U.S. spying.

"Trying to go up to the line of what is appropriate surveillance and security measures, and not over the line, is something that we need to have a full, comprehensive discussion about," Clinton said in a speech at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., as quoted by the Syracuse Post-Standard.

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