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 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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A digital firm is encouraging furloughed workers to have a few drinks and unload their frustration on elected officials.

Revolution Messaging, which describes itself as "a leader in cutting-edge progressive strategies for a mobile world," has built a website,, that allows mobile users to input their phone numbers and be connected to the office of a random member of Congress. 

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Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) proposals to avert a looming debt crisis highlighted a rift among some of the House's most conservative Republicans when he pitched them the package on Wednesday.

Ryan laid out a plan in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that included reforming Medicare and simplifying the tax code. None of his proposals dealt with Obamacare, however, which put off some hardline conservatives who demand defunding or delaying the health care law as part of any deal with Democrats.

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