In it, but not of it. TPM DC

The push to raise the federal retirement age has waxed and waned in recent years but comprises a dedicated cadre of powerful politicians and wealthy advocates. It is a recurring feature of debates about how to reduce the long-term debt and contain safety-net spending on retiree programs like Social Security and Medicare.

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Have we heard the last Obamacare "horror" story? If new ads from the Koch Brothers-backed group are any indication, we might have.

Americans for Prosperity, the well-funded conservative group that has been attacking Democrats in battleground states over the health care reform law, put out TV ads Monday against Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Mark Udall (D-CO).

But what's notable about the ads is what they aren't: A personalized story of someone who's been negatively affected by Obamacare, the kind of verifiable set of facts that can be checked -- and rebutted, as happened with a recent AFP ad that led to significant backlash from the fact-checking community.

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Facing the very real possibility of a GOP-controlled Senate in 2015, health industry insiders are working up a wish list -- the changes they'd like made to the Affordable Care Act under a fully Republican Congress.

But they're also a little unsettled by the prospect of GOP control in Congress: Nobody is sure what exactly the Republicans would do if they had the opportunity to legislate however it wanted on the health care reform law.

It's plausible that Republicans would simply continue their absolutist opposition to President Barack Obama's signature legislation, especially if they view capturing the Senate as a vindication of their anti-Obamacare messaging. In that scenario, expect more symbolic repeal votes that the House has taken over the last few years. That would force Obama to pull out his veto pen again and again to defend the law.

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Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) thinks he can do something we haven't seen in our lifetimes: represent two different states in the United States Senate.

On Thursday news broke that the former Massachusetts is forming a Senate exploratory committee, a step below him formally announcing his candidacy to replace Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in the chamber.

Unfortunately for Brown, history doesn't seem to be on his side. According to the U.S. Senate Historical Office, only two senators have represented multiple states in the history of the chamber: Sen. James Shields (D) served as senator from Illinois, Minnesota and Missouri in the 19th century and Waitman Thomas Willey who represented Virginia and West Virginia roughly around the same time. Willey was a member of the Republican and Unionist parties. Shields was last elected in 1879 and Willey's last term ended in 1871.

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) would like Nancy Pelosi to apologize for her remarks suggesting that Republicans don't care about "struggling families and really hungry children."

But that's not going to happen.

Over the weekend, the Democratic House minority leader said at the California Democrats State Convention in Los Angeles that an anonymous Republican friend told her that struggling Americans "are invisible, and the Republican caucus is indifferent to them."

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House Republicans escalated a new round of brinkmanship with passage of a bill Friday that delays Obamacare's individual mandate in order to avoid steep Medicare cuts set to take effect at the end of the month.

The legislation -- which delays the mandate by five years in order to avoid a 24 percent cut to Medicare physician payment rates on April 1 -- passed by a mostly party-line vote of 237-182.

"It breaks the cycle of absurdity for doctors and their patients," said House Ways & Means Chair Dave Camp (R-MI). "We must not let this opportunity pass by."

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If Republicans block immigration reform, the White House is signaling that it may act on his own to curtail deportations of people in the country illegally.

President Barack Obama conveyed that message to leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in a private meeting on Thursday, informing them that he has ordered a review of immigration enforcement practices.

"The President emphasized his deep concern about the pain too many families feel from the separation that comes from our broken immigration system," the White House said in a statement. "He told the members that he has asked Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to do an inventory of the Department's current practices to see how it can conduct enforcement more humanely within the confines of the law."

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Dr. Greg Brannon's campaign may worry national Republicans.

In November Brannon said Planned Parenthood had a secret plan to kill newborn babies. He also once compared food stamps to slavery and reportedly helped sponsor and speak at a rally supporting nullification. During the campaign Brannon also admitted to reviewing parts of his campaign website which appeared to have been plagiarized from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (Brannon styles himself as a sort of heir apparent of Paul's).

Here's the kicker: Brannon is increasingly looking like a candidate that could snatch the GOP nomination away from House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-NC), the establishment candidate that's long been presumed to be the de facto nominee in the race.

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