In it, but not of it. TPM DC

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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In his fiscal 2016 budget, released Monday, President Barack Obama proposed allowing married same-sex couples to receive spousal Social Security benefits, regardless of which state they live in. Currently, married same-sex couples lose their benefits it they move to a state that does not recognize their unions.

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President Barack Obama signaled in his fiscal year 2016 budget released Monday that he was ready for the fight over Social Security that congressional Republicans made clear last month they wanted

Obama's budget included the transfer of tax revenue from the program's retirement fund to the disability fund, which would otherwise start being unable to pay full benefits in late 2016. House Republicans passed a rule in January that would block the transfer -- known as reallocation -- unless Social Security's overall solvency was improved.

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