Catherine Thompson

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

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The spokesman for rising Republican star Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) allegedly compared two black people to zoo animals in one of several racially charged Facebook posts, ThinkProgress reported Thursday.

Schock's communications director Benjamin Cole posted a series of videos to his Facebook page in October 2013 that mocked black people walking outside his Washington, D.C. apartment, according to screenshots of the posts obtained by ThinkProgress.

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The fringe belief that vaccines may cause autism has been thoroughly debunked at this point, and there's also no evidence that vaccines are otherwise unsafe.

But that hasn't stopped at least two potential 2016 contenders from pandering to parents who strongly oppose vaccinating their children, even as a major measles outbreak spread in the United States.

Here's where potential 2016 presidential contenders stand on whether childhood vaccines should be mandatory.

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