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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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Disgraced former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) reported to prison early Monday but was turned away from the facility after an apparent paperwork mix-up, according to media reports. 

Jackson's spokeswoman Bunnie Jackson-Ransom said in a news release that Jackson was accompanied to the prison facility in Butner, N.C. by his attorney C.K. Hoffler and Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), according to CNN.

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Intelligence officials said Monday that the White House and State Department approved surveillance of world leaders' phone calls, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The LA Times report seems to contradict a Wall Street Journal report published Monday, which also cited anonymous officials, that said for almost five years President Barack Obama was unaware the National Security Agency monitored world leaders' communications.

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President Barack Obama on Monday declined to discuss reports that he was unaware of National Security Agency monitoring of world leaders, saying he wouldn't discuss classified information. 

"Well, first of all, I’m not confirming a bunch of assumptions that have been made in the press," Obama said in an interview with Fusion, a network launched Monday by ABC and Univision. "But what I have said is that the national security operations generally, have one purpose, and that is to make sure the American people are safe and that I’m making good decisions, and I’m the final user of all the intelligence that they gather."

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Some links sent from President Barack Obama's Twitter account Monday were compromised, according to Organizing for Action, the group that runs the account.

The Huffington Post's Sam Stein reported that an OFA official said the account's link shortener was hacked, rather than the Twitter account itself.

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Famed British street artist Banksy went up with a new piece Sunday after the New York Times rejected an op-ed he wrote criticizing the new World Trade Center tower's design. 

Banksy's latest graffiti message, located in Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood, read "This site contains blocked messages." The anonymous artist wrote on his website that "Today’s piece was going to be an op-ed column in the New York Times. But they declined to publish what I supplied. Which was this…"

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Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) on Monday sparred with former Obama advisor David Axelrod on the Affordable Care Act, arguing that the government is too "incompetent" to implement the health care law.

Appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Coburn argued that government-run health care programs lack transparency in terms of price and quality of care and said President Barack Obama broke his promise that Americans would be able to keep their old insurance plans. 

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President Barack Obama was not aware that the National Security Agency was monitoring world leaders and ended some of those programs once an internal review revealed the snooping, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. 

U.S. officials told the Journal that this summer an internal review by the administration turned up NSA monitoring of 35 world leaders, confirming a report in the Guardian citing a memo leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that revealed the phone conversations of 35 foreign leaders were tracked by the agency.

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