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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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Gay couples lined up Friday in the Salt Lake County Clerk's office in Salt Lake City, after a federal judge ruled that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

Ruth Hackford-Peer, right, and Kim Hackford-Peer, standing next to her, are married by Rev. Curtis Price, left, while hugging their two children Riley Hackford-Peer, back middle, and Casey Hackford-Peer, bottom middle, in the lobby of the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office.

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Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL), one of the youngest members of Congress, slammed the Affordable Care Act as a "ripoff" for slapping a high price tag on health insurance for young people.


The health care law shifts "the cost of older and sicker patients onto young people," Schock said in the weekly Republican address, to "keep premiums from skyrocketing."

"In Washington, they call this 'community rating,' but where I come from, we call it a ripoff," he added.

Schock also blasted the Obama administration's push to market the health care law to youth with the aid of celebrity endorsements.

"No matter how many actors, and rappers, and rock stars the president rolls out, the best sales pitch in the world can’t sell a bad product," he said. "And this health care law is a bad product for young people."

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was released from the hospital Friday afternoon, his office announced.

“Senator Reid has been released from the hospital and is back at home with his wife, Landra. As previously stated, he went to the hospital as a precaution," Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson said in a statement. "The doctors diagnosed him as exhausted, not anything more serious, and have cleared him to go back to work. He spent today resting, talking to family, friends and colleagues, reading the news and discussing Senate business. He appreciates the kind words and thoughts sent by so many, thanks the doctors at George Washington University Hospital for the excellent care he received, and wishes everyone a Happy Holidays.”

President Barack Obama said Friday that the U.S. delegation to the Sochi Olympics "speaks for itself," pointing out that the members of the group are known for their athletic prowess and strength of character regardless of sexual orientation.

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Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's fate lies with the U.S. courts and Attorney General Eric Holder, President Barack Obama said Friday. 

The NSA official in charge of the task force investigating Snowden's leaks, Rick Ledgett, floated the option of granting the fugitive contractor amnesty in a "60 Minutes" interview on Sunday. But Obama declined to discuss the specifics of Snowden's case in a press conference, citing the contractor's indictment on charges of espionage and theft of government property. 

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Rep. Steve Stockman's Senate campaign capitalized Friday on the firestorm surrounding the star of "Duck Dynasty" to draw a bright line between the tea party congressman and incumbent Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). 

The congressman's campaign tweeted an image of "Pajama Boy," the face of the Obama administration's latest push for health care awareness, alongside a headshot of Phil Robertson, the "Duck Dynasty" patriarch suspended by A&E for making anti-gay comments. "Pajama Boy" is labeled as Cornyn while Robertson is labeled as Stockman.

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Silicon Valley deserves its own state, according to one wealthy tech investor's proposal to partition the state of California into six pieces.

Venture capitalist Tim Draper shared his proposal with TechCrunch on Thursday and said he planned to submit a formal ballot proposition to California's attorney general within 48 hours. 

Draper detailed the reasoning behind the "Six Californias" initiative in an email to TechCrunch:

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Thursday broke with a number of conservatives who rushed to defend the star of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" after the network suspended him for making inflammatory anti-gay comments.

O'Reilly said he wasn't surprised, and A&E shouldn't be surprised, by the Robertson clan's brand of fundamental Christianity. But the Fox News host said Phil Robertson made a "mistake" in his "condemnation line." 

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