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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President Barack Obama has been abusing his executive powers, according to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

In an interview that aired Tuesday on Fusion, a TV channel launched by ABC and Univision, host Jorge Ramos asked Cruz whether he agreed with his father Rafael's comparison between Obama's use of executive power and the leadership of former Cuban President Fidel Castro.

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney pushed back Tuesday against reports that the Obama administration knew millions of Americans would lose their health care plans under the Affordable Care Act, despite promising that people could keep their insurance if wanted to do so.

"What were talking about here is the five percent of the country who currently purchase insurance on the individual market," Carney said in a press briefing, calling the individual market an under-regulated "Wild West."

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court definitively ruled Tuesday that a 2011 restrictive state abortion law is unconstitutional.

In answering questions posed by the U.S. Supreme Court, the court ruled that the law "restricts the long-respected medical discretion of physicians” and effectively bans all drug-induced abortions, according to the judge's order.

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Disgraced former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) reported to prison early Monday but was turned away from the facility after an apparent paperwork mix-up, according to media reports. 

Jackson's spokeswoman Bunnie Jackson-Ransom said in a news release that Jackson was accompanied to the prison facility in Butner, N.C. by his attorney C.K. Hoffler and Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), according to CNN.

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Intelligence officials said Monday that the White House and State Department approved surveillance of world leaders' phone calls, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The LA Times report seems to contradict a Wall Street Journal report published Monday, which also cited anonymous officials, that said for almost five years President Barack Obama was unaware the National Security Agency monitored world leaders' communications.

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