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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Egyptian opposition protesters are threatening to escalate protests and march on the presidential palace Tuesday if President Mohammed Morsi does not step down, CNN reported.

The Tamarod opposition campaign called for "nationwide protests, civil disobedience and a march on the presidential palace" if Morsi doesn't leave office by Tuesday evening, according to CNN.

President Morsi also rejected the Egyptian military's 48-hour ultimatum declaring that it will intervene in the conflict if both sides do not reach an agreement by Wednesday.

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Illinois gubernatorial hopeful Bill Daley released a video endorsement from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg late Monday.

In the video, Bloomberg touts the Democratic candidate as "uniquely qualified" to lead Illinois. He praised Daley's record of fighting for "common sense gun safety laws," including supporting background checks for all gun purchases and a ban on high capacity ammunition magazines.

"Whether in the private sector or in top government jobs, Bill Daley has always been able to bring people together on tough issues and forge real solutions to our problems," Bloomberg said.

Watch the video endorsement below: 

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Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi rejected a military ultimatum Tuesday, claiming that he was not consulted by the armed forces and would follow his own path to reconciliation with the nation, Reuters reported.

"The president of the republic was not consulted about the statement issued by the armed forces," said a statement from the president's office, as quoted by Reuters. "The presidency sees that some of the statements in it carry meanings that could cause confusion in the complex national environment."

"The presidency confirms that it is going forward on its previously plotted path to promote comprehensive national reconciliation ... regardless of any statements that deepen divisions between citizens."

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President Barack Obama called Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on Monday to discuss the recent developments in Egypt, according to the White House.

Obama told Morsi that the U.S. is committed to maintaining democracy in Egypt and does not support any one party or group. He urged Morsi to show that he is receptive to the public's concerns and to solve the conflict through a political process, stressing that "only Egyptians can make the decisions that will determine their future," per the White House readout of the call.

The President also stated his commitment to maintaining the safety of U.S. citizens and diplomats in Egypt during that process.

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Thousands of abortion rights supporters packed the Texas capitol lawn Monday to fight Republican-sponsored legislation returning to the House floor, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

State Sen. Wendy Davis (D), who successfully led a filibuster of the bill last week addressed the crowd of orange-shirted protesters chanting her name. The filibuster prompted Gov. Rick Perry (R) to call a second special legislative session to bring the proposal back up for debate.

“You all have given me and so many others a renewed sense of strength,” Davis said, as quoted by the American-Statesman. “It was your strength and support that made it possible for me to stand for 13 hours.”

Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards were also on hand to rally supporters. 

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The Environmental Protection Agency has sent a new draft of proposed greenhouse gas rules for future power plants to the White House, Politico reported Monday. 

The EPA's drafted rules were sent to the Obama administration less than a week after the president gave a speech outlining his plan to combat climate change and called on the agency to thwart carbon pollution from the power industry. The contents of the draft are confidential, although the rules are expected to disadvantage coal-fueled plants. 

An incarnation of the draft with strict emission rules was released in April 2012, but the EPA failed to file a final version by April of this year. Obama has set a Sept. 20 deadline for the rules for future power plants to be released to the public.

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Egyptians reacted Monday to the military's issuance of a 48-hour ultimatum compelling President Mohammed Morsi and the opposition to reach an agreement or else face military intervention. Here are images of the reactions:

Egyptian women react to the military's 48-hour ultimatum for President Mohammed Morsi and opposition leaders to reach an agreement, in Cairo, Egypt.

Egyptians react to a televised statement by the military at a coffee shop near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt.

Opponents of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans after the military issued an ultimatum, outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt.

An opponent of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi waves an Egyptian national flag after Egypt's military issued an ultimatum, outside the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt.

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Updated at 12:56 p.m.

A Russian immigration official said Monday that Edward Snowden, who is wanted in the U.S. on espionage charges for leaking information on National Security Agency surveillance programs, has applied for political asylum in Russia, according to the New York Times

The anonymous official told the Times that the asylum application was delivered to a Russian consulate within Moscow's international airport by Sarah Harrison, an activist with the Wikileaks organization who is escorting Snowden. 

The Los Angeles Times also reported that Snowden had met with Russian diplomatic officials Monday to deliver a request to 15 countries for political asylum, citing a source within the Russian Foreign Ministry. 

For Snowden to remain in Russia, President Vladimir Putin said the fugitive "must stop his work aimed at harming our American partners."

Interfax has reported that a Russian consular official said Snowden did ask for asylum in Russia.

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