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Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a news writer for Talking Points Memo. Before joining TPM, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett and interned at The L Magazine. At New York University she served as the deputy managing editor of NYU's student newspaper, The Washington Square News. She can be reached at catherine@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said Thursday that Republicans in Congress are resentful of Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee's (R-UT) fundraising for an organization running ads against incumbents in the party.

Asked in an interview with with radio station KFYI's Mike Broomhead whether he considers Cruz and Lee part of the Republican "team," McCain said his colleagues are not happy about attacks coming from an outside organization with the tea party senators' support.

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The City of Millington, Tenn. confirmed to Memphis TV station WMC that shots were fired near the Millington Navy Base Thursday.

Update: The U.S. Navy confirmed the incident occurred near the naval base in Millington, and that as of 2:25 p.m. ET the military installation was on lockdown. Navy officials confirmed to NBC News that at least two people have been shot.

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The White House said Thursday that a reported exchange between a nameless Republican lawmaker and President Barack Obama during the government shutdown was a "miscommunication."

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters during a briefing that an anecdote Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) posted to Facebook last weekend, which described how a GOP leader told Obama "I cannot even stand to look at you" during a closed-door meeting with House Republicans, came from a miscommunicated quote. 

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A group of 32 House Republicans sent a letter Wednesday to President Barack Obama calling on him to request Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' resignation over HealthCare.gov's bumpy rollout.

"The scope of the problem is so great that, were this a private company or military command, the CEO or general would have been fired," the representatives wrote, as quoted by the Washington Post. "We are, therefore, calling on you to hold Secretary Sebelius accountable for the fiasco that is HealthCare.gov and ask for her resignation." 

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