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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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President Barack Obama on Sunday blasted House Republicans for prioritizing their re-election prospects over their duty to legislate.

“The biggest barrier and impediment we have right now is the Congress, and in particular the House of Representatives, that is not focused on getting the job done for the American people and is a lot more focused on trying to position themselves for the next election,” Obama said at a fundraising dinner for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee held outside of Seattle, as quoted by the Washington Post.

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The new chair of Washington state's Republican party accused her colleagues this week of playing into the "war on women" narrative against the GOP by denying her equal pay for equal work.

Susan Hutchison pulls in a salary of $75,000 a year -- a $20,000 cut from the salary earned by her male predecessor -- and tried unsuccessfully to request a pay raise last weekend, according to an internal party memo sent Monday and obtained by the Seattle Times.

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Jon Stewart surveyed the "nuclear" fallout on Thursday following the Senate's vote to eliminate the filibuster for judicial nominees, and it looked more mundane than bleak.

"So deciding to allow majority rules to incrementally increase governmental efficiency and presidential appointments is so unthinkably extreme, it’s the ‘nuclear option’?” he asked. “It’s just like Hiroshima of voting.”

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Democratic Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was discharged from the hospital Friday morning, after suffering multiple stab wounds in a Tuesday altercation that left his son Gus dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, CNN reported.

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Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS), who is considered the man who coined the term "nuclear option," said shortly after the Senate voted Thursday to eliminate the filibuster that the idea was a "mistake."

“It was mistake when we were talking about doing it,” Lott told CNN after the vote. “I still believe the Senate is a unique institution and the rules – no matter how cumbersome and difficult – are better than just making it another House of Representatives.”

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday urged voters to reject candidates who tout opposition to compromise at the ballot box.

"Whether you're a Republican or a Democrat, it's important not to vote for people who proudly say they will never compromise," Clinton said while speaking on sustainability at the Greenbuild International Conference in Philadelphia, as quoted by NBC News.

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