Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. Before joining TPM, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She is a graduate of New York University, where 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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After cutting off government funding while attempting to defund Obamacare, the GOP has turned to blocking presidential appointments as a means of undercutting the Obama administration, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said Thursday.

Asked by MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell about the Senate's votes to block the nominations of Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC) to the Federal Housing Finance Agency and Patricia Millett to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, McCaskill said she was "disappointed." Both nominations fell short of the 60-vote threshold needed to advance after being filibustered by Republicans.

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Stephen Colbert on Wednesday roasted Senate Republicans for formally disapproving of their own previous votes to hike the debt ceiling and avert a default crisis.

Twenty-seven Republican senators voted Tuesday for a symbolic "resolution to disapprove" of raising the debt ceiling, a vote mandated by a provision Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) inserted into the debt deal. The resolution failed to pass due to Democratic opposition. 

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The father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told supporters during the run-up to his son's election that it was imperative the Tea Party retake the Senate, encouraging them to ship Obama "back to Kenya."

Rafael Cruz, a Cuban immigrant and pastor, made the comment while speaking to the North Texas Tea Party on his son's behalf in September 2012. Mother Jones' David Corn surfaced video of Cruz's remarks on Thursday.

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Vice President Joe Biden apologized Wednesday for the glitchy rollout of HealthCare.gov, calling its technical problems "inexcusable."

"Neither [President Barack Obama] or I are technology geeks, and we assumed that it was up and ready to run," Biden said in an interview with HLN. "The good news is, although it's not, and we apologize for that, we're confident that by the end of November it will be and there will still be plenty of time for people to register online."

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