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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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Conservative columnist and pundit George Will on Wednesday compared Obamacare to the Fugitive Slave Act and segregation to demonstrate the "bruising, untidy, utterly Democratic" process of changing laws.

In an interview with NPR's "Morning Edition," host Steve Inskeep asked Will about President Barack Obama's argument that Republicans are short-circuiting the system by using government funding and the debt ceiling as leverage to dismantle Obamacare, rather than repealing the law outright. 

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Tuesday did not rule out a bid for the White House when asked directly about his presidential ambitions in a debate against Democratic challenger state Sen. Barbara Buono.

“Listen my mother told me a long time ago … do the job you have at the moment the best you possibly can and the future will take care of itself,” Christie said at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J., as quoted by ABC News. “The fact is there have been people talking about me running for president since 2010 and they all said I would do it in 2012 and I said I wouldn’t and I didn’t. And the fact is after 2017 I’m going to be looking for another job anyway."

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The White House released a statement Tuesday night denying reports that the United States would suspend all military aid to Egypt.

"The reports that we are halting all military assistance to Egypt are false," National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.

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President Barack Obama on Tuesday said that raising the debt ceiling would not add to the nation's debt.

"We have been hearing that from some Republicans in Congress that default would not be a big deal," Obama said at a press conference from the White House. "So let me explain this. If Congress refuses to raise what's called the debt ceiling, America would not be able to meet all of our financial obligations for the first time in 225 years. And because it's called raising the debt ceiling, I think a lot of Americans think it's raising our debt. It is not raising our debt. It does not add a dime to our debt."

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Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) on Tuesday said that delaying Obamacare for individuals and families is a "small ask" and seemed to count the president enrolling in the health care law's exchanges as a demand in resolving the budget battle.

"You're well aware that all we've asked for is that the president and the administration join us in Obamacare, the American people and Congress, and that individuals and families be treated just like big business," Duffy told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell. "That's what they're holding out for."

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Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) encouraged fellow members of Congress to support a so-called "clean" spending bill that does not delay or defund Obamacare in an op-ed published Tuesday in the Denver Post.

From the op-ed

I have done my best to delay, defund and dismantle all or parts of Obamacare because I believe that much of it will be harmful to this country in the long run. Lost in the shutdown coverage, the problems with the new Obamacare exchanges are a major cause for concern. However, the debate over attaching Obamacare to a spending bill must end and I will argue before my colleagues in the House that we need to pass a "clean" spending bill to immediately reopen the government. Reducing spending remains my top concern. That's why I believe this funding resolution should stay within the spending caps that both parties agreed to last time the nation's debt limit was increased in 2011.

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Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) on Monday said Democrats have no evidence that a no-strings-attached spending bill would pass the House. 

CNN's Anderson Cooper pressed Labrador to explain why a so-called "clean" continuing resolution to fund the government shouldn't immediately be brought to a vote.

"You know, we could bring it to a vote and it would lose," Labrador said on "AC360." "And this is a beautiful talking point that the Democrats have, because it is something they have no evidence that there is anybody willing to vote for this bill."

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