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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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The woman who was shot dead by police after trying to breach a barrier outside the White House and lead a car chase near the U.S. Capitol believed President Barack Obama was electronically monitoring her, ABC News reported Friday.

Anonymous sources told ABC News that suspect Miriam Carey, 34, thought the president was electronically monitoring her Stamford, Conn. home to broadcast her life on television. Carey also believed she was the "prophet of Stamford" with the ability to communicate with Obama, the sources said.

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A California school apologized Thursday to a student whom administrators forced to remove a National Rifle Association T-shirt she wore to class, the Los Angeles Times reported.

School officials at Canyon High in Anaheim told the girl, 16, that she would face disciplinary action if she didn't remove the shirt. The girl's parents told the Times that their daughter had put on the shirt, which her father received when he joined the NRA, in her hurry to find something to wear before school.

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A discussion between Fox News host Sean Hannity and Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and Matt Salmon (R-AZ) on employer contributions to congressional staff's health care plans quickly devolved into a shouting match Thursday.

Pascrell argued that members of Congress don't get a special subsidy, comparing the employer contribution to congressional staff's health care plans to contributions given to employees of other companies and federal agencies. Salmon then said he had given up his employer contribution because he thinks Congress should "live under the same laws every American does." 

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Friday that resolving the stalemate in Congress over funding the government will "take some coming together on the Republican side."

"It's very hard to negotiate with the Republicans when they can't negotiate with themselves," the democratic leader said on "CBS This Morning."

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Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Thursday urged Congress to raise the debt ceiling before the looming Oct. 17 deadline, pointing out in a USA Today op-ed that avoiding a default on the country's obligations is not an issue of spending.

From the op-ed:

We cannot put our nation in the position of not paying its bills because Congress has refused to raise the country's debt limit. It is important to note that increasing the debt limit does not give the government the ability to spend more money.

An increase in the debt limit simply allows us to pay our bills. Without a debt limit increase, our government will — in a matter of days — not have the resources it needs to make good on its commitments.

Only Congress has the power to lift the debt limit. That means only Congress can clear the way for our government to meet all of its financial obligations.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released a statement Thursday again inviting President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats to the bargaining table while urging they realize "neither side gets everything it wants" in negotiating an end to the government shutdown.

The statement responds to Obama's speech Thursday morning on the negative effects of the shutdown, in which he blamed Boehner for not bringing a "clean" continuing resolution to fund the government to a vote out of fear of the "extremists" in his party.

Boehner's full statement below:

Republicans have sent bill after bill after bill to the Senate to keep the government open, and Democrats have rejected every one of them – refusing to even talk about our differences. We want to resolve this dispute as soon as possible, but that will require Washington Democrats to realize neither side gets everything it wants. With Obamacare proving to be a train wreck, the president’s insistence on steamrolling ahead with this flawed program is irresponsible. We must provide American families basic fairness and the same exemptions from the law that big businesses have already been granted. It’s time for the president and Senate Democrats to come to the negotiating table and drop their my-way-or-the-highway approach that gave us this shutdown.


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