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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A group of immigration activists on Friday morning formed a human chain to prevent a bus that returns deported individuals from leaving a federal courthouse, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

Six demonstrators out of about two dozen who gathered at the courthouse in Tucson, Ariz. formed a human chain to block a main exit, according to the Daily Star. U.S. Marshals and security officers were on scene trying to remove the demonstrators.  

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Jon Stewart on Thursday blasted Republican governors and lawmakers who reject expanding Medicaid in their states, singling out the most egregious offenders as "moochers."

Stewart added "total dickishness" to the list of obstacles facing the implementation of Obamacare, citing the 26 Republican-controlled states that declined federal dollars to expand Medicaid out of "spite."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Friday got a rise out of the crowd at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. at Vice President Joe Biden's expense.

Cruz ran down a list of what he said were the Obama administration's attacks on the Constitution, taking a shot at Biden when he touched on the vice president's gun control efforts. 

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Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) on Thursday re-enacted ripping up a symbolic credit card to protest the government's high spending in an appearance on Fox News. 

"The American people understand that we continue to raise the debt limit  and don't fix the real problems," Coburn told "The Real Story" host Gretchen Carlson. "So I think we ought to line up with where the American people are and use the debt limit as a way to attract a coalition to actually fix the problems."

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), whose congressional career has spanned over three decades, said Thursday that he's never seen so much infighting within the ranks of the Republican party.

Speaking at the Daily Beast's Hero Summit, McCain cited a Gallup poll released Wednesday that found the GOP's favorability rating has fallen to 28 percent, its lowest since Gallup began asking the question.

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