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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.

Articles by Catherine

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appeared to reach the limits of her patience after being grilled for hours Wednesday on the stumblings of HealthCare.gov.

When pressed by Rep. Billy Long (R-MO) about foregoing her federal employer health plan and joining the Obamacare marketplace herself, Sebelius said she didn't want to "give misinformation" to the American public.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) on Tuesday seemed to pivot away from his defund Obamacare effort's fiery rhetoric, instead calling on conservatives to move in the direction of "optimism." 

"Especially in the wake of recent controversies, many conservatives are more frustrated with the establishment than ever before. And we have every reason to be," Lee said in a speech at the Heritage Foundation, according to his prepared remarks. "But however justified, frustration is not a platform. Anger is not an agenda. And outrage, as a habit, is not even conservative."

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President Barack Obama has been abusing his executive powers, according to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

In an interview that aired Tuesday on Fusion, a TV channel launched by ABC and Univision, host Jorge Ramos asked Cruz whether he agreed with his father Rafael's comparison between Obama's use of executive power and the leadership of former Cuban President Fidel Castro.

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney pushed back Tuesday against reports that the Obama administration knew millions of Americans would lose their health care plans under the Affordable Care Act, despite promising that people could keep their insurance if wanted to do so.

"What were talking about here is the five percent of the country who currently purchase insurance on the individual market," Carney said in a press briefing, calling the individual market an under-regulated "Wild West."

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