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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Scandal-plagued Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has not received drug or alcohol treatment after admitting that he smoked crack cocaine during what he called one of his "drunken stupors."

The mayor told "Today" host Matt Lauer that he has a "weight issue" he was training for every day, but was not receiving other treatment. If he has been impaired on the job, Ford said, it was an isolated incident.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) believes there's only one way to beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if she decides to run for president: by nominating a governor to head the 2016 GOP ticket.  

"I think if we're going to take on Hillary Clinton in the next election, we need somebody who's as far removed from Washington," Walker said at an event in New York City, as quoted by Capital New York. "Because Hillary Clinton wasn't just secretary of state, wasn't just a U.S. senator, wasn't just the first lady. She's been a product of Washington for decades."

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday night blasted "absolutists" in Washington, D.C. who can't work across party lines, singling out President Barack Obama and the GOP for criticism.

"It’s about human relationships, the fact of the matter is nobody in this city talks to each other anymore and if they do talk to each other it’s not civilly. They don’t develop relationships, they don’t develop any sense of trust between each other," Christie said at the Wall Street Journal's CEO Council conference, as quoted by ABC News

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) called for a Senate rules change Wednesday, calling GOP shutouts of President Barack Obama's judicial nominees "naked attempts to nullify the results of the last presidential election."

Warren blasted her Republican colleagues on the Senate floor for their filibuster of Nina Pillard, the third of Obama's nominees to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to have her confirmation stalled.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who admitted to smoking crack cocaine last week after rumors about his alleged drug use circulated for months, faces the 44-member City Council Wednesday. The council is reportedly looking for ways to govern the city without Ford after he refused to resign in the aftermath of the revelation.

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Vice President Joe Biden's chief of staff is leaving the White House at the end of the year, his office announced Wednesday.

After serving on the Vice President's staff for nearly three years, Bruce Reed is expected to depart in December to head the The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. Biden said he was "grateful" for Reed's leadership, including spearheading his team during budget negotiations, the 2012 reelection and a push to tighten gun laws.

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For now, former vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said he's focused on legislating -- but come 2014, he plans evaluate the odds for another shot at the White House.

“I’ve decided I will consider this later,” Ryan told the Des Moines Register in an interview published Tuesday. “Once I’m through with this term, then I’m going to give a hard look at it.”

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The Affordable Care Act's online health insurance marketplace is unlikely to be up to speed by the end of the month as the White House promised, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

An anonymous official with knowledge of the project told the Post that is still unable to handle high web traffic. The website struggles when more than 20,000 to 30,000 users log on at once, which is about half the website's intended capacity, according to the official.

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