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Igor Bobic

Igor Bobic is the assistant editor of Talking Points Memo, helping oversee the site's coverage of politics and policy in Washington. While originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Igor feels best at home on the beaches of Southern California. He can be reached at igor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Despite the media firestorm around a much disputed McKinsey report finding that large numbers of employers would drop health care coverage under President Obama's health care reform law, it seems some Republican freshmen are still using it as a talking point.

"We learned last week that approximately 30% of employers anticipate dropping their health care coverage as a result of this [law]," said Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) at a press conference with fellow freshmen Republicans on the Hill today. "So more things are coming to light showing this simply was not a good piece of legislation."

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) says she isn't dismayed by a recent Field Poll survey demonstrating her plunging re-election rating in California, even though growing worries over the economy continue to hound her ahead of next year's re-election bid for a fourth term.

"I know I can't work any harder than I'm working," she told TPM following a senate vote yesterday. "I think a lot of this is the context of the economy: 12% unemployment. I understand that [and] I'm doing everything I possibly can."

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker stopped by the Hill today to discuss his accomplishments with Senate Republicans, seeking to garner support for the embattled state senators facing recall petitions in the aftermath of a vote to seriously curtail public employee bargaining rights.

"He was trying to buoy us up a little bit ... basically to fill us in on on some of the travails that [he's] had," said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) in response to a question from TPM shortly after a weekly GOP policy lunch that hosted the governor.

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Correction: The comments of Rep. Schakowsky were incorrectly attributed to Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) in the original version of this post. We regret the error. ---

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) fiercely defended Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) Wednesday as he continues to be bombarded by the press over a lewd picture of an unidentified man's crotch that appeared on his Twitter account, accusing conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart of unfairly targeting Weiner and distorting his image.

"I am well aware of Andrew Breitbart, his chasing around with microphones in my face, his distortions [of] ACORN and Shirley Sherrod ... he has in my view no credibility whatsoever," Schakowsky said. "I have no belief that there's anything going on with Anthony Weiner, who also happens to be a happy, pretty lucky newlywed."

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When it comes to earmarks, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is accusing House Republicans of wanting to have their cake and eat it too.

House Republicans, she told reporters earlier this week, have added numerous line items for special projects into the defense-authorization bill, and thus, are violating their own self-imposed earmark moratorium.

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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) claims a recent draft proposal by President Obama to require federal contractors to disclose donations to third-party political groups is an attempt to politicize the procurement process and one that will intimidate businesses away from federal contracts.

"We're now talking about Chicago hardball politics that will clearly lead to a chilling effect on contributions by those required to participate," said Issa at a committee hearing Thursday. "I think it's very clear, this executive order is outside the procurement process."

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In response to the Obama administration's renewed efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, Senate Republicans introduced legislation on Wednesday that would codify the detention facility as the primary location for current and future detainees.

"Attorney General Holder and President Obama: Guantanamo Bay is not going to close," Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said at a press conference introducing the bill. "I respect Holder, but let me say categorically there is no pathway forward when it comes to closing Guantanamo in the foreseeable future."

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Republican sponsors of H.R. 3, the divisive abortion-limiting bill that passed in the House on Wednesday by a 251-175 vote, are preparing to introduce the legislation to a Democratic-controlled Senate where even they admit its chances of advancing are slim to none.

Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) remained optimistic that the bill would serve a vital message for pro-life supporters even as the Obama administration threatened to veto the legislation if it reached the president's desk.

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