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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 White House said Thursday that a reported exchange between a nameless Republican lawmaker and President Barack Obama during the government shutdown was a "miscommunication."

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters during a briefing that an anecdote Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) posted to Facebook last weekend, which described how a GOP leader told Obama "I cannot even stand to look at you" during a closed-door meeting with House Republicans, came from a miscommunicated quote. 

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A group of 32 House Republicans sent a letter Wednesday to President Barack Obama calling on him to request Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' resignation over HealthCare.gov's bumpy rollout.

"The scope of the problem is so great that, were this a private company or military command, the CEO or general would have been fired," the representatives wrote, as quoted by the Washington Post. "We are, therefore, calling on you to hold Secretary Sebelius accountable for the fiasco that is HealthCare.gov and ask for her resignation." 

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Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, a Democrat running for governor, said he stopped by a Delaware beach party this summer to speak to his son but wasn't responsible for stopping any underage drinking that may have taken place.

According to a story in the Baltimore Sun published Wednesday, Gansler is pictured surrounded by a crowd of dancing, shirtless teenagers in a photo circulated on social media taken at the June 13 party in South Bethany, Del.

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The wife of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who led a vocal effort to defund the Affordable Care Act, confirmed in a New York Times interview published Wednesday that the senator receives health care coverage through her blue-chip employer insurance plan.

"Ted is on my health care plan," Heidi Nelson Cruz, a Houston-based managing director for Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs, told the newspaper. 

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The Daily Beast reported Tuesday that Jofi Joseph, who helped negotiate policy on Iran as the director of the non-proliferation section of the White House National Security Staff, was fired last week when he was discovered as the man behind an anonymous Twitter account bashing the Obama administration and its foreign policy.

From the @natsecwonk account, Joseph vexed his colleagues with candid and often insulting opinions of White House staff. National political figures and journalists, including the Daily Beast reporter who discovered his alias, were also hit with Joseph's snark. Here's a sample of tweets from the now-deleted account, culled from Google Search results:

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