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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National Journal Columnist Ron Fournier on Wednesday accused the Obama administration of "running a government-sponsored media organization." 

Speaking with conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham, Fournier referred to his Monday column on how hard it's going to be for the administration to "sell Obamacare," arguing the push to promote the online federal health exchange "could be the nail in the coffin" for the health care law.

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Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) said Wednesday that it was high time the Senate scrapped the filibuster rule for executive branch and judicial nominations.

"When you leave people hanging for years in some cases with their nominations, I think it's just unfair," Daschle said on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports." "And it becomes harder and harder to recruit good, quality people. So I think at this point, regardless of who's president, Republican or Democrat, I think the time has come."

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There is no "solid evidence" that raising the minimum wage will make businesses less likely to hire low-wage workers, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.

"We all know the arguments that have been used against a higher minimum wage," Obama said at an event for the Center for American Progress. "Some say it actually hurts low-wage workers, business will be less likely to hire them. There's no solid evidence that a higher minimum wage costs jobs, and research shows it raises incomes for low-wage workers and boosts short-term economic growth."

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President Barack Obama on Wednesday cited Pope Francis' critical take on trickle-down economics in an address laying out his second-term economic priorities. 

"Some of you may have seen just last week the pope himself spoke about this at eloquent length," Obama said at en event for the Center for American Progress. "How can it be, he wrote, that it's not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points. But this increasing inequality is most pronounced in our country. And it challenges the very essence of who we are as a people."

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is confident that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will "cave in" and pass an immigration reform bill. 

“I feel positive we will get an immigration bill passed,” Reid said Tuesday in an interview with the Las Vegas Sun's editorial board.

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A newly-formed super PAC aims to boost Liz Cheney's "name awareness and approval rating" in the Wyoming U.S. Senate race, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

Cheney has battled the criticism that she doesn't have a strong enough connection to Wyoming since she announced her senate bid. The "Cowboy PAC" may combat that perception as the group plans "to begin a statewide advertising campaign in the very near future,” according to the Times.

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