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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Famed British street artist Banksy netted well over half a million dollars Thursday night for a charity that auctioned off a "vandalized" thrift-store painting he created.

A bidder identified as "gorpetri" placed the winning offer of $615,000. The dated and signed artwork drew 138 bids after starting off at a minimum offer of $74,000, with the going rate doubling in the last half hour of the auction.

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Newly released documents show that just 248 people nationwide managed to enroll in health insurance through HealthCare.gov in the first two days of its launch, CBS News reported Thursday.

Notes from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' "war room" meetings, which were released by the House Oversight Committee, said just "six enrollments" had occurred by the morning of Oct. 2, the day after the website's launch and subsequent crash

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After cutting off government funding while attempting to defund Obamacare, the GOP has turned to blocking presidential appointments as a means of undercutting the Obama administration, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said Thursday.

Asked by MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell about the Senate's votes to block the nominations of Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC) to the Federal Housing Finance Agency and Patricia Millett to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, McCaskill said she was "disappointed." Both nominations fell short of the 60-vote threshold needed to advance after being filibustered by Republicans.

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Stephen Colbert on Wednesday roasted Senate Republicans for formally disapproving of their own previous votes to hike the debt ceiling and avert a default crisis.

Twenty-seven Republican senators voted Tuesday for a symbolic "resolution to disapprove" of raising the debt ceiling, a vote mandated by a provision Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) inserted into the debt deal. The resolution failed to pass due to Democratic opposition. 

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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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