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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Virginia ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) revealed during testimony last week that he moved out of his family home and in with his parish priest the week before his federal corruption trial began.

McDonnell explained on the stand that living separately from his wife Maureen would make it easier for him to prepare for trial each day and described their marriage as "on hold." The priest he is staying with or the time being, Rev. Wayne Ball of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Richmond, Va., is a family friend who officiated his daughter Cailin's wedding.

Ball also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor sex charge in late 2002.

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A newly released audio recording aired by CNN Monday purportedly captures the sound of gunfire from the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

The unauthenticated audio was recorded by a man who says he was taping a video chat conversation when the shooting of the unarmed black teen by a white police officer occurred around noon on Saturday, Aug. 9.

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Virginia ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) confirmed in testimony Monday that his wife Maureen received mental health counseling and medication in 2012, despite her earlier resistance to the idea.

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