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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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The father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told supporters during the run-up to his son's election that it was imperative the Tea Party retake the Senate, encouraging them to ship Obama "back to Kenya."

Rafael Cruz, a Cuban immigrant and pastor, made the comment while speaking to the North Texas Tea Party on his son's behalf in September 2012. Mother Jones' David Corn surfaced video of Cruz's remarks on Thursday.

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Vice President Joe Biden apologized Wednesday for the glitchy rollout of HealthCare.gov, calling its technical problems "inexcusable."

"Neither [President Barack Obama] or I are technology geeks, and we assumed that it was up and ready to run," Biden said in an interview with HLN. "The good news is, although it's not, and we apologize for that, we're confident that by the end of November it will be and there will still be plenty of time for people to register online."

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appeared to reach the limits of her patience after being grilled for hours Wednesday on the stumblings of HealthCare.gov.

When pressed by Rep. Billy Long (R-MO) about foregoing her federal employer health plan and joining the Obamacare marketplace herself, Sebelius said she didn't want to "give misinformation" to the American public.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) on Tuesday seemed to pivot away from his defund Obamacare effort's fiery rhetoric, instead calling on conservatives to move in the direction of "optimism." 

"Especially in the wake of recent controversies, many conservatives are more frustrated with the establishment than ever before. And we have every reason to be," Lee said in a speech at the Heritage Foundation, according to his prepared remarks. "But however justified, frustration is not a platform. Anger is not an agenda. And outrage, as a habit, is not even conservative."

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