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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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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) late Monday reversed her administration's directive to not issue welfare checks due to the government shutdown, the Arizona Republic reported.

The state's Department of Economic Security said last week that about 5,200 eligible low-income families with children would not receive payments under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Arizona appeared to be the only state to halt payments during the shutdown.

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Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) released a new TV ad Monday that hits Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) over his support of employer contributions for congressional staff's health care plans.

"What's good for the goose ought to be good for the gander. But not in Washington," the narrator of the 30-second spot says. "Mark Pryor cast the deciding vote to make you live under Obamacare. But Pryor votes himself, and everyone in Congress, special subsidies so they’re protected from Obamacare. Exemptions and special subsidies for Mark Pryor. Higher insurance premiums for you." 

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said Saturday that Republicans' preoccupation with defunding Obamacare amounts to "insanity."

The Nevada Democrat explained in an interview with Esquire magazine why he recently said the Tea Party caucus is losing their minds.

"The reason I said that is that Einstein said the sign of insanity is when you do something over and over again and expect a different result," he said. "They've voted forty-four times to defund Obamacare. Is that insanity? I think so."

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A Nebraska congressman apologized Sunday for saying he would continue to collect his salary during the government shutdown, announcing he would ask to have it withheld until furloughed workers receive their pay. 

Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) was frank when he told the Omaha World-Herald last week that his colleagues who chose to forego their paychecks or donate them to charity during the shutdown were only doing so for publicity.

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Several conservatives seized on the Amber Alert system website's downtime over the weekend to criticize the Obama administration's handling of the government shutdown.

A spokesman for the Department of Justice, Brian Fallon, debunked the rumor Monday. Amber Alerts were still issued over the weekend by individual states and counties even though the system's website was down, according to Fallon.

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The Republican National Committee announced Monday that it has hired "Hispanic engagement staff" in seven states to improve the party's outreach to Latino voters.

“Today’s announcement is unprecedented,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a release. “This off-cycle effort will ensure our message of ‘opportunity for all’ reaches voters. We are building a ground game that will allow us to compete for every voter and will outlast any one cycle or campaign. I’m certain with these early and unprecedented investments we can achieve Republican victories up and down the ballot now and for years to come.”

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Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) argued Monday that the notion the United States will default if Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling is pure "rumor."

"Look, the debt ceiling and the [continuing resolution] are the same thing," Coburn said on "CBS This Morning." "There is no such thing as a debt ceiling in this country because it's never been not increased and that's why we're $17 trillion in debt."

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is confident that a Democrat will win the 2016 presidential election.

“I think it’s going to be another Democratic president” after Barack Obama, Ginsburg told the Washington Post in an interview published this weekend. “The Democrats do fine in presidential elections; their problem is they can’t get out the vote in the midterm elections.”

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Organizers are renewing an effort to recall state Sen. Evie Hudak (D) after the successful recall of two state senators who supported stricter gun control measures, the Denver Post reported Monday.

The "Recall Hudak, Too" recall effort was certified to begin gathering signatures on Friday, according to the newspaper, and must rack up 18,900 valid signatures within 60 days to put the matter to the ballot. 

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