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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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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) was welcomed Monday night at a rally in his hometown with a Dr. Seuss-themed cake celebrating his marathon floor speech last month against Obamacare.

Cruz tweeted a photo Tuesday of a "Green Eggs and Ham"-themed cake from the previous night's rally in Houston, Texas. During his 21-hour floor speech on defunding Obamacare, Cruz read the Dr. Seuss story in full to his two daughters watching from home. 

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) took a page from the Mitt Romney playbook when he told a conservative audience at an event last week that 47 percent of able-bodied people in the state don't work, the Bangor Daily News reported Tuesday.

The Daily News obtained an audio recording of LePage speaking to members of the conservative Informed Women's Network on Oct. 14. On the recording, LePage wrapped up his remarks with two final points about "energy" and "workforce development."

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Federal health officials went ahead with the Oct. 1 launch of Obamacare's online health insurance marketplace despite a failed test days before, the Washington Post reported Monday.

Government officials and contractors ran a test to see whether the web portal could handle traffic from tens of thousands of users simultaneously, and the site crashed after a simulation in which only a few hundred tried to log on at the same time, according to the Post.

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Just 12 percent of Americans approve of Congress' job performance, a new low in 40 years of polling, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Tuesday.

The survey shows Congress' worst approval rating in ABC/Post polls since 1989 and in Gallup polls dating back to 1974, with 85 percent of Americans disapproving of the legislative branch in the wake of the government shutdown.

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Obamacare has already weathered a government shutdown and threats of a debt crisis, and next week Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) plans to propose a another challenge to the health care law's individual mandate.

Rubio released a statement Monday announcing plans to introduce legislation that would delay the health care law's individual mandate until several months after its web portal gets up to speed.

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Law enforcement officers forcibly removed a white supremacist from a city council meeting Friday night in the tiny town of Leith, North Dakota, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

City councilman Lee Cook told the newspaper that Kynan Dutton, 29, was confrontational and made profane, racist remarks in the presence of children. Dutton was "pretty drunk," according to Grant County Sheriff Steve Bay. 

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A grassroots organization founded by former Pennsylvania senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is asking supporters to join a "Strikeforce" to get out the vote for Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's (R) gubernatorial campaign.

Santorum's Patriot Voices PAC encourages supporters to sign up on its website to go door-to-door and hold sign waves from Nov. 1-3 in an effort to get Republican voters to the polls. Recent polling has shown Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe widening his lead over Cuccinelli.

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