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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Florida Congressman Joe Garcia's (D) former chief of staff is expected to spend 90 days in jail as part of a plea deal in a fraudulent absentee-ballot case, the Miami Herald reported Sunday.

Jeffrey Garcia (no relation to the congressman) is slated to plead guilty to requesting absentee ballots on behalf of voters in a deal to be inked Monday with the Miami-Dade state attorney's office, according to the Herald.

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The first same-sex marriages took place just after midnight Monday in New Jersey, the 14th state in the country to recognize the marriages in the wake of a court ruling.

In the above photo, Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker (D), right, officiated the ceremony for the marriage of Liz Salerno, left, 38, and Gabriela Celeiro, 34, center, at Newark City Hall just after midnight, according to the Associated Press.

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Some federal contractors say Obamacare's online heath insurance marketplace may not run smoothly until after the Dec. 15 deadline to sign up for coverage that begins in January, according to a New York Times story published Sunday.

Administration officials asked contractors last week to see if repairs could be made to the website by Nov. 1, according to the Times. The Department of Health and Human Services announced on its website Sunday that it was bringing in the "best and brightest" in a "tech surge" to solve the technical issues the website faces.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) encouraged the Republican Party to hold back, come up with an alternative to Obamacare and let the health care law undermine itself in an interview that aired Sunday.

ABC's Jonathan Karl asked Bush what his message would be to Tea Party lawmakers like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who were so set on repealing the health care law that they were willing to risk shutting down the government and a potential debt crisis to dismantle it.

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Rep. Peter King (R-NY), who is no fan of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), said Friday that supporters of President Barack Obama's signature health care law should be thankful for the Texas Republican's efforts to defund it.

MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell asked King to react to Cruz's speech at the conservative Values Voter Summit, where he encouraged House Republicans to keep "standing strong" in the campaign against the Affordable Care Act.

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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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