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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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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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) responded Tuesday to singer Miley Cyrus' racy impersonation of her on last weekend's "Saturday Night Live," swearing that she's never "done twerking" in her life.

Speaking on a conference call with conservative talk show host Rusty Humphries and, Bachmann estimated that she's been lampooned on SNL six or seven times. She assured that she has a "good sense of humor" and never takes the sketches "personally."

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Conservative columnist and pundit George Will on Wednesday compared Obamacare to the Fugitive Slave Act and segregation to demonstrate the "bruising, untidy, utterly Democratic" process of changing laws.

In an interview with NPR's "Morning Edition," host Steve Inskeep asked Will about President Barack Obama's argument that Republicans are short-circuiting the system by using government funding and the debt ceiling as leverage to dismantle Obamacare, rather than repealing the law outright. 

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Tuesday did not rule out a bid for the White House when asked directly about his presidential ambitions in a debate against Democratic challenger state Sen. Barbara Buono.

“Listen my mother told me a long time ago … do the job you have at the moment the best you possibly can and the future will take care of itself,” Christie said at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J., as quoted by ABC News. “The fact is there have been people talking about me running for president since 2010 and they all said I would do it in 2012 and I said I wouldn’t and I didn’t. And the fact is after 2017 I’m going to be looking for another job anyway."

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