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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Stephen Colbert on Wednesday roasted Senate Republicans for formally disapproving of their own previous votes to hike the debt ceiling and avert a default crisis.

Twenty-seven Republican senators voted Tuesday for a symbolic "resolution to disapprove" of raising the debt ceiling, a vote mandated by a provision Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) inserted into the debt deal. The resolution failed to pass due to Democratic opposition. 

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The father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told supporters during the run-up to his son's election that it was imperative the Tea Party retake the Senate, encouraging them to ship Obama "back to Kenya."

Rafael Cruz, a Cuban immigrant and pastor, made the comment while speaking to the North Texas Tea Party on his son's behalf in September 2012. Mother Jones' David Corn surfaced video of Cruz's remarks on Thursday.

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Vice President Joe Biden apologized Wednesday for the glitchy rollout of, calling its technical problems "inexcusable."

"Neither [President Barack Obama] or I are technology geeks, and we assumed that it was up and ready to run," Biden said in an interview with HLN. "The good news is, although it's not, and we apologize for that, we're confident that by the end of November it will be and there will still be plenty of time for people to register online."

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appeared to reach the limits of her patience after being grilled for hours Wednesday on the stumblings of

When pressed by Rep. Billy Long (R-MO) about foregoing her federal employer health plan and joining the Obamacare marketplace herself, Sebelius said she didn't want to "give misinformation" to the American public.

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