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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According to Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, a person with a pre-existing condition applying for health insurance is like a reckless driver asking for auto collision coverage: they're both at fault.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution surfaced video Wednesday of Hudgens' appearance last month at a CSRA Republican Women's Club meeting, where the commissioner expressed concern that covering pre-existing conditions on the individual market would double insurance costs.

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At this stage in the game what Obamacare needs is "more of a course change than a course reversal," one House Republican told the New York Times in a story published Wednesday. 

“It’s not in dispute that many Americans’ lives are being disrupted in an important way by this law,” Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA) said, as quoted by the Times. “Is it also true that some Americans’ lives have gotten better? Yes, and to not acknowledge that is to deny reality.” 

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The Republican National Committee has zeroed in on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a potential target in the 2016 presidential race, Chairman Reince Priebus said Wednesday.

Asked by radio host Hugh Hewitt if the RNC began to look at Clinton as the Democrats' presumed nominee, Priebus said the RNC's research shop already turned its attention to the former State Department leader.

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National Journal Columnist Ron Fournier on Wednesday accused the Obama administration of "running a government-sponsored media organization." 

Speaking with conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham, Fournier referred to his Monday column on how hard it's going to be for the administration to "sell Obamacare," arguing the push to promote the online federal health exchange "could be the nail in the coffin" for the health care law.

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Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) said Wednesday that it was high time the Senate scrapped the filibuster rule for executive branch and judicial nominations.

"When you leave people hanging for years in some cases with their nominations, I think it's just unfair," Daschle said on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports." "And it becomes harder and harder to recruit good, quality people. So I think at this point, regardless of who's president, Republican or Democrat, I think the time has come."

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There is no "solid evidence" that raising the minimum wage will make businesses less likely to hire low-wage workers, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.

"We all know the arguments that have been used against a higher minimum wage," Obama said at an event for the Center for American Progress. "Some say it actually hurts low-wage workers, business will be less likely to hire them. There's no solid evidence that a higher minimum wage costs jobs, and research shows it raises incomes for low-wage workers and boosts short-term economic growth."

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President Barack Obama on Wednesday cited Pope Francis' critical take on trickle-down economics in an address laying out his second-term economic priorities. 

"Some of you may have seen just last week the pope himself spoke about this at eloquent length," Obama said at en event for the Center for American Progress. "How can it be, he wrote, that it's not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points. But this increasing inequality is most pronounced in our country. And it challenges the very essence of who we are as a people."

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is confident that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will "cave in" and pass an immigration reform bill. 

“I feel positive we will get an immigration bill passed,” Reid said Tuesday in an interview with the Las Vegas Sun's editorial board.

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