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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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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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Florida Congressman Joe Garcia's (D) former chief of staff is expected to spend 90 days in jail as part of a plea deal in a fraudulent absentee-ballot case, the Miami Herald reported Sunday.

Jeffrey Garcia (no relation to the congressman) is slated to plead guilty to requesting absentee ballots on behalf of voters in a deal to be inked Monday with the Miami-Dade state attorney's office, according to the Herald.

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The first same-sex marriages took place just after midnight Monday in New Jersey, the 14th state in the country to recognize the marriages in the wake of a court ruling.

In the above photo, Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker (D), right, officiated the ceremony for the marriage of Liz Salerno, left, 38, and Gabriela Celeiro, 34, center, at Newark City Hall just after midnight, according to the Associated Press.

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Some federal contractors say Obamacare's online heath insurance marketplace may not run smoothly until after the Dec. 15 deadline to sign up for coverage that begins in January, according to a New York Times story published Sunday.

Administration officials asked contractors last week to see if repairs could be made to the HealthCare.gov website by Nov. 1, according to the Times. The Department of Health and Human Services announced on its website Sunday that it was bringing in the "best and brightest" in a "tech surge" to solve the technical issues the website faces.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) encouraged the Republican Party to hold back, come up with an alternative to Obamacare and let the health care law undermine itself in an interview that aired Sunday.

ABC's Jonathan Karl asked Bush what his message would be to Tea Party lawmakers like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who were so set on repealing the health care law that they were willing to risk shutting down the government and a potential debt crisis to dismantle it.

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