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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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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney fiercely defended the legality of a year-long delay in implementing the Obamacare employer mandate in a Wednesday press briefing.

When a reporter noted that Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, had called the legality of the delay into question in a New York Times article, Carney argued that the reporter was actually trying to bring the conversation around a greater Republican effort to undermine Obamacare. 

"This was the law. How can they change the law?" Harkin had asked, as quoted by the New York Times.

Carney said those who view such a delay is unusual are "willfully ignorant."

"The ability to postpone the deadline is clear," Carney added, suggesting that reporters check the federal register to see that the delay is "not an unusual process."

Update: This post has been updated to clarify that Carney said generally that those who believe a delay is unusual are "willfully ignorant."

A federal judge on Wednesday refused to block a Colorado state law limiting the capacity of ammunition magazines, KMGH reported.

U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger would not issue an injunction because the law had already taken effect, according to KMGH.

Sheriffs from 54 Colorado counties -- most of them rural and gun-friendly -- filed a complaint in May in federal court in Denver, arguing that the ban on magazines holding more than 15 rounds violated their Second Amendment rights, according to KMGH. The suit did not seek an injunction against a background check provision in the same law.

Some Colorado lawmakers are facing recall efforts after supporting recent gun control legislation.

Secretary of State John Kerry tearfully thanked the public Wednesday for its "remarkable outpouring of good wishes" during his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry's illness. 

"Teresa is doing better, under evaluation and we hope improving," Kerry said at the opening of talks between the U.S. and China at the State Department, appearing to choke up with emotion.

Heinz Kerry, 74, was hospitalized Sunday in Nantucket.

Watch Kerry's public comment on his wife's condition from Fox News below:

"NBC Nightly News" issued a rare on-air correction Tuesday after, according to anchor Brian Williams, several viewers and a U.S. senator complained that Monday night's broadcast left New Hampshire off a map depicting a portion of the Northeast.

"New Hampshire's gone, vanished. It apparently moved to Vermont and then New York took over a bunch of territory and nobody knew it," Williams said. "Mea culpa and full disclosure, New Hampshire was lost by our graphics department. It has since been found and put back."

Williams went on to offer a series of facts about New Hampshire. He did not say which senator had complained, but Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) later tweeted a thank-you to "Nightly News" for the correction.

Watch the factoid-loaded correction below, courtesy of NBC News: 

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy 

[h/t Craig Silverman]

Police said a man was accidentally shot in the hand when his gun fell out of its holster Tuesday in the parking lot of a Pennsylvania Wal-Mart, according to the Centre Daily Times.

Patton Township police said the man was crossing the parking lot in a hurry to avoid holding up traffic when the gun fell, according to the Centre Daily Times. When he went to pick up the gun, they said, the firearm went off as he shifted shopping bags.

Police told the Centre Daily Times that the man had a valid firearm carry permit.

New Hampshire state Sen. Andy Sanborn (R) apologized Tuesday for comparing Obamacare to the San Francisco plane crash that killed two and injured dozens of passengers, WMUR reported.

Sanborn guest-hosted a radio show Tuesday afternoon on radio station WTPL, where he discussed the Affordable Care Act with a former Republican legislator. Sanborn said Obamacare is "barreling down on us like a jet landing in San Francisco. It's (laughter) it should make people really concerned," according to WMUR.

Sanborn, who could make a run for governor next year, told WMUR that he didn't remember making the comment, but apologized after listening to the audio. 

"It was my mistake," he said, as quoted by WMUR. "If I offended anyone I am sorry."

The Senate's comprehensive immigration reform bill would strengthen the U.S. economy by promoting job growth while decreasing the budget deficit, according to a White House report released Wednesday.

Immigration reform would increase real GDP by roughly $700 billion in 2023 and reduce the federal deficit by almost $850 billion over the next 20 years, the report found, citing Congressional Budget Office studies.

The report, authored by the National Economic Council, Domestic Policy Council, President's Council of Economic Advisers and the Office of Management and Budget, coincides with President Obama's push to drum up support for immigration reform among House Republicans.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are scheduled meet with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Wednesday, where they plan to discuss their efforts to pass immigration reform in the House.

The Egyptian government said Wednesday that ousted President Mohammed Morsi was in a safe place, CNN reported.

Egyptian government officials told CNN that no charges have been filed against Morsi.

Egyptian officials on Wednesday had ordered the arrest of the Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader and nine other leading Islamists for inciting violence, according to the Associated Press.

The political donor whose gifts to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) are the subject of a federal probe also gave $70,000 last year to a corporation belonging to McDonnell and his sister, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. 

People with knowledge of the payments told the Post that McDonnell did not disclose the money from Star Scientific, Inc.'s chief executive, Jonnie R. Williams Sr., as either a gift or loan. The sources also said that Williams gave a $50,000 check to the governor's wife Maureen in 2011 and a $10,000 check to daughter Jeanine in December to go towards the cost of her wedding, according to the Post.

Those gifts bring the total that Williams gave to the McDonnell family in 2011 and 2012 to $145,000, according to the Post.

Officials said a 15-year-old Missouri teenager was in critical condition Tuesday after he was accidentally shot, according to KTVO.

The victim was with another boy Tuesday afternoon in an Edina, Mo. home when he was accidentally shot in the back of the head, officials told KTVO. The station received conflicting reports as to what type of firearm was involved in the incident.

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