In it, but not of it. TPM DC

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats united Thursday to filibuster government funding legislation for the third time in three consecutive days, rebelling over Republican provisions that would end protections for young people in the U.S. illegally and block President Barack Obama's recent executive actions on immigration.

The 52-47 vote, short of the 60 needed to advance the House-passed bill, escalates a growing confrontation and raises the prospects that the Department of Homeland Security will partially shut down at the end of February.

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Nearly five years after Obamacare was enacted, Republicans are insisting they will propose an alternative, something party leaders have been promising ever since "repeal and replace" was christened as their slogan in 2010.

The Republican-led House's latest Obamacare repeal bill passed on Tuesday with instructions for the relevant committees to report out a replacement plan. But will they succeed?

Here's a rundown of 20 times the Republican leaders who run Congress suggested that they will offer their own health care plan. To date, they have not endorsed one.

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WASHINGTON — The latest Obamacare repeal vote on Tuesday marked the first time any House Republicans have ever voted against eliminating the law.

The three Republicans who defected in the 239-286 vote were Illinois Rep. Robert Dold, New York Rep. John Katko and Maine Rep. Bruce Poliquin.

They have something in common: all are freshman members from blue states who represent districts that President Barack Obama won handily in 2012.

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The Republican-led House voted yet again to repeal Obamacare on Tuesday, the latest in more than 50 votes since the law was passed in 2010 to wipe out or dismantle President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement.

The legislation passed by a vote of 239-186. Democrats unanimously voted against it, joined by three Republicans: Reps. Robert Dold (IL), John Katko (NY) and Bruce Poliquin (ME).

It may seem like business as usual, but this time the consequences are greater.

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Divisions among Senate Republicans have burst a trial balloon floated in recent days by two top lieutenants of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to eliminate the 60-vote rule for confirming Supreme Court nominees.

That doesn't mean the idea is dead — it's just on the shelf, ready to make a comeback when the situation calls for it. The most likely situation? A perfect storm of a White House and Senate controlled by the same party with a Senate minority threatening to filibuster a Supreme Court nominee. It's not a hard scenario to imagine, especially for Republicans optimistic about their prospects of recapturing the White House in 2016.

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Senate Democrats are threatening to filibuster Republican-led legislation to keep the Department of Homeland Security funded because it overturns President Barack Obama's immigration actions, and a divided GOP hasn't yet settled on a fallback plan to avoid a partial government shutdown at the end of February.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that the Senate will hold a procedural vote Tuesday to advance a House-passed bill to fund DHS and reverse Obama's executive moves to shield millions of unlawful immigrants, including those brought to the U.S. as children, from the threat of deportation.

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