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

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Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) on Monday sparred with former Obama advisor David Axelrod on the Affordable Care Act, arguing that the government is too "incompetent" to implement the health care law.

Appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Coburn argued that government-run health care programs lack transparency in terms of price and quality of care and said President Barack Obama broke his promise that Americans would be able to keep their old insurance plans. 

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President Barack Obama was not aware that the National Security Agency was monitoring world leaders and ended some of those programs once an internal review revealed the snooping, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. 

U.S. officials told the Journal that this summer an internal review by the administration turned up NSA monitoring of 35 world leaders, confirming a report in the Guardian citing a memo leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that revealed the phone conversations of 35 foreign leaders were tracked by the agency.

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Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Sunday denied that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is a leading face in the conservative movement and said the Texas senator hurt the party in his effort to defund Obamacare.

Asked on NBC's "Meet The Press" whether Cruz did more harm than good in risking a government shutdown to derail the health care law, the former Pennsylvania senator said that although Cruz's goal was admirable he did do some damage.

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One Republican congressman from a heavily Hispanic district is signing on to a Democrat-led push to advance immigration reform before year's end, the Washington Post reported Saturday.

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) told the Post he's the first Republican to co-sponsor with 185 Democrats a plan giving undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship, and he expects "more to come on board."

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