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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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Using a line from an old "Popeye" comic, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Wednesday that the newly reached budget agreement was like paying "Tuesday for a hamburger today."

"There is a recurring theme in Washington budget negotiations. It's I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today," Paul said in a statement. "I think it's a huge mistake to trade sequester cuts now, for the promise of cuts later. The small sequester spending cuts were not nearly enough to address our deficit problem. Undoing tens of billions of this modest spending restraint is shameful and must be opposed. I cannot support a budget that raises taxes and never balances, nor can I support a deal that does nothing to reduce our nation's $17.3 trillion debt."

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A day after explaining that Obamacare is not the same as apartheid, Jon Stewart had to explain on Tuesday's "Daily Show" that shaking hands with Cuban President Raul Castro is not the same as shaking hands with Adolf Hitler.

The media flipped out over Obama shaking hands with Castro at Nelson Mandela's memorial service, Stewart said, "a gesture so meaningless you could train a bassett hound to do it."

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Pope Francis was named Time Magazine's Person of the Year on Tuesday.

"For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world’s largest faith to confronting its deepest needs and for balancing judgment with mercy, Pope Francis is TIME’s 2013 Person of the Year," Time editor Nancy Gibbs wrote.

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