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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Conservative writers took a victory lap this week after a Justice Department filing made reference to "corroborating evidence" of allegations involving Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and underage prostitutes.

Overlooked by many of those same writers, however, was a reference in the same filing that said those allegations remained "unproven."

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When FBI agents searched the practice of a wealthy Florida ophthalmologist for evidence of health care fraud, they came across a black notebook filled with names and phone numbers, including that of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), in addition to some photos of women in lingerie printed with their body measurements.

Federal prosecutors say Menendez was referenced on nine separate pages in the notebook, which belonged to Dr. Salomon Melgen, the longtime friend and donor accused of bribing the senator in exchange for his advocacy on behalf of Melgen's business interests. An FBI agent wrote in a search warrant that agents at the scene said the notebook "looked to be a ledger of prostitution activities," according to an affidavit.

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There's a possibility that convicted Virginia ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell may not be going to prison this month after all.

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that prosecutors have until 4 p.m. ET Wednesday to file a response to McDonnell's request to remain free pending his appeal, allowing him to stay out from behind bars temporarily, Richmond TV station WWBT reported. A federal appeals court last week rejected the former governor's request to remain free pending that appeal.

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