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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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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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A newly-formed super PAC aims to boost Liz Cheney's "name awareness and approval rating" in the Wyoming U.S. Senate race, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

Cheney has battled the criticism that she doesn't have a strong enough connection to Wyoming since she announced her senate bid. The "Cowboy PAC" may combat that perception as the group plans "to begin a statewide advertising campaign in the very near future,” according to the Times.

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney was floored when his daughter Liz became the target of a Facebook "attack" from within the family for her opposition to gay marriage. 

“We were surprised that there was an attack launched against Liz on Facebook, and wished it hadn’t happened,” Cheney said Tuesday at the National Press Club, as quoted by ABC News. “It’s always been dealt with within the context of the family and frankly that’s our preference.” 

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The Metro-North engineer of the train that derailed Sunday in the Bronx told police he may have zoned out prior to the deadly crash, according to media reports

An anonymous senior law enforcement official told NBC News that although engineer William Rockefeller did not say in his initial interview that he was asleep at the time, investigators did not rule out the possibility that he dozed off. 

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As Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tells it, he helped persuade Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to run for office after her Republican predecessor reneged on an agreement that could have kept him in office.

Schumer was asked in an interview with the New Republic published Monday why he says Warren shaped his outlook. In response, the New York Democrat spilled the details of an alleged deal with former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA).

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