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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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Two states that used the contractor that built the glitch-plagued Obamacare website are withholding payments over their malfunctioning state insurance marketplaces, the Boston Globe reported Thursday.

A spokesman for Massachusetts' insurance marketplace, the Commonwealth Health Connector, said the state won't pay more than the $11 million it has already put toward its $69 million contract with CGI, the lead contractor tasked with building HealthCare.gov.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) wielded his caucus members' committee posts as leverage in whipping up support for the bipartisan budget deal, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. 

Anonymous sources familiar with the internal discussions told the Journal that "in the run-up to the budget vote, Mr. Boehner's deputies warned chairmen who were tempted to oppose the deal that doing so could jeopardize their committee posts."

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama paid a Christmas visit Wednesday to the Marine Corps Base Hawaii, where they greeted members of the U.S. military. The President spent over an hour taking photos with each of the roughly 580 service members present and their families, according to a pool report. 

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Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. has weighed in on comments made by 'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson in a recent GQ interview, calling the reality star's comments worse than those made by the driver of Rosa Parks' bus.

"At least the bus driver, who ordered Rosa Parks to surrender her seat to a white person, was following state law,” Jackson said in a press release Tuesday, as quoted by the Chicago Tribune. “Robertson's statements were uttered freely and openly without cover of the law, within a context of what he seemed to believe was ‘white privilege.’”

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President Barack Obama spread a little holiday cheer at the gym Tuesday in Kailua, Hawaii when he signed an autograph for a young girl visiting with her family from Toronto.

The president was playing basketball and lifting free weights when he stopped to sign an autograph for Krystin Lavelle, 10, according to a pool report. Obama wrote "To Kyrstin -- Dream big dreams!" in the girl's journal.

Kyrstin also said she gave Obama flowers, which he joked he'd give to First Lady Michelle Obama and say that he picked them. She said the President was "really nice," according to the pool report.

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