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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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Vice President Joe Biden's chief of staff is leaving the White House at the end of the year, his office announced Wednesday.

After serving on the Vice President's staff for nearly three years, Bruce Reed is expected to depart in December to head the The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. Biden said he was "grateful" for Reed's leadership, including spearheading his team during budget negotiations, the 2012 reelection and a push to tighten gun laws.

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For now, former vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said he's focused on legislating -- but come 2014, he plans evaluate the odds for another shot at the White House.

“I’ve decided I will consider this later,” Ryan told the Des Moines Register in an interview published Tuesday. “Once I’m through with this term, then I’m going to give a hard look at it.”

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The Affordable Care Act's online health insurance marketplace is unlikely to be up to speed by the end of the month as the White House promised, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

An anonymous official with knowledge of the project told the Post that HealthCare.gov is still unable to handle high web traffic. The website struggles when more than 20,000 to 30,000 users log on at once, which is about half the website's intended capacity, according to the official.

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Tuesday that he had a rare moment of agreement with former President Bill Clinton: they concurred that Americans should be allowed to keep their old insurance policies.

"I'm inclined to agree with Bill Clinton," Cheney told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren. "That's something that ought to be attempted. But given the complexity of the system, you already got people that lost their policies, who can't get new ones. These policies have been declared by law to be inadequate because of the standards written into federal regulations. I'm not quite sure how you go -- peel back that onion."

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A Democratic candidate running for retiring Sen. Max Baucus' (D-MT) seat said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) asked him to drop out of the race in order to avoid a primary.

Former Montana Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger told Helena TV station KXLH Monday that he received a phone call from Reid on Nov. 6, the day after his announcement, informing him that the majority leader's choice for the 2014 Democratic ticket was current Lt. Gov. John Walsh.

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Pistol permit applications in Newtown, Conn. jumped in the five months following last December's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Hartford Courant reported Tuesday.

Newtown residents applied for 183 permits from January through May of this year, according to the Courant. That number is a 110 percent increase over the first five months of 2012, when residents applied for 87 permits.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) slammed the Food and Drug Administration's "nanny state" at an event Monday, warning attendees that the agency is "coming after your doughnuts!"

At a Republican fundraiser in Charleston, S.C., Paul said the Affordable Care Act is a slippery slope leading to Americans being denied "Big Gulps" and doughnuts. Last week, the FDA announced it would require the food industry to phase out all trans fats. 

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