In it, but not of it. TPM DC

Stopping members of Congress from receiving their government employer contribution when they purchase health coverage on an Obamacare exchange was a hot topic last fall during the government shutdown. It was one of the many mechanisms that the GOP tried to use to extract a concession from Democrats on the law.

Though that ploy failed, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) didn't give up. He filed a lawsuit in federal court in January, attempting to undo the administrative rule allowing members and their office staff to keep their employer subsidy. The government's lawyers retorted that Johnson had no standing to challenge, and part of their argument was that this is a benefit for Johnson. What harm could he claim?

A federal judge will hear oral arguments Monday on the standing question, according to USA Today, and he'll consider a rebuttal from Johnson. Part of that rebuttal: Receiving this benefit under Obamacare could hurt Johnson when he runs for re-election in 2016.

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Roy Nicholson, the former founding chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party, is one of the supporters of state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) who says Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and his allies stole the runoff election for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate.

"To my mind they are, again, actively engaged in a conspiracy to distort the election results in favor of Thad Cochran. So that's my reasons for offering to be involved in a plaintiff," Nicholson said in an interview with TPM.

He's putting his money where his mouth his. Nicholson joined voter-fraud-myth-pushing group True The Vote as one of the plaintiffs in its lawsuit to get Mississippi to open the poll books that granted Cochran his win in the runoff (its an argument that some experts met with skepticism).

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According to its own ticker, DraftMitt.org has gathered more than 28,000 names of people who want Mitt Romney to run for president in 2016. That isn't anywhere near the 2 million-plus claimed by Ready for Hillary. It's only about a quarter of the interest needed to earn an official response from the White House (if it were on the We The People website, which requires 100,000 signatures.)

But it's not nothing.

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Senate Democrats are crafting legislation, which could be unveiled as early as next week, to counteract the Supreme Court's decision against the Obamacare contraception mandate, according to well-placed sources familiar with the effort.

The effort is being led by Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, No. 4 in Democratic leadership and Budget Committee chair. Democrats are debating whether the legislation should be narrow and confined to the specifics of the ruling, or whether it should be broad and aim to prevent additional consequences.

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President Barack Obama appears to have options to act alone to fill the birth control coverage gap for thousands of women created by the Supreme Court's ruling against Obamacare's contraceptive mandate, legal experts say.

The Supreme Court said religious business owners like Hobby Lobby may opt out of providing cost-free insurance coverage for emergency contraception such as the morning-after pill and intrauterine devices (IUDs), which means their female employees would have no option other than to pay for birth control out-of-pocket.

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