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Perry Stein

Perry is a News Writer for Talking Points Memo based in Washington D.C. Prior to TPM, she was a reporter-research at The New Republic and worked for her hometown paper, The Miami Herald. Perry can be reached at perry@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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The thirty DREAMers who stormed Rep. Steve King's (R-IA) D.C. office Thursday didn't get any face time with the conservative immigration hawk, but they stood in his office for about 40 minutes before they were escorted out by Capitol Hill police, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and telling their stories as two female staffers demanded they leave.

"We wanted to show him that we wanted to be American citizens," Julieta Garibay, legislative affairs associate for United We Dream, the group that organized the event, told TPM in a phone interview. "We wanted to make sure he knew we were watching him and that we were angry about his actions."

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Two men and two women were shot dead Thursday at a health care business in St. Louis in an apparent murder-suicide.

One of the men, according to Fox 2 in St. Louis, had an argument and opened fire in the office. These were the only four people in the office building at the time of the shooting. Police say the gunman may have been one of the business owners.

The event for the Democratic National Committee that Vice President Joe Biden was slated to attend in D.C. Thursday evening has been cancelled due to inclement weather, the White House announced.

Massachusetts Republican Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez released a web video Thursday poking fun of his opponent's, Democratic Rep. Ed Markey, comment at a recent debate where he said that the budget is "really not math, it's just arithmetic."

Watch the video below: 

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) will rescind his support for the Senate Gang of Eight immigration bill he co-authored if it contains a provision allowing gay undocumented immigrants to claim foreign same-sex partners as family.

"If this bill has something in it that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill. I'm done," Rubio said Thursday during an interview on the Andrea Tantaros Show, according to Yahoo News. "I'm off it, and I've said that repeatedly. I don't think that's going to happen and it shouldn't happen. This is already a difficult enough issue as it is."

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced an amendment that would give green cards to the foreign partners of gay undocumented immigrants who are seeking legal status.

The Senate is expected to vote on the amendment soon, and some believe that it could force many Republicans to withdraw their support, killing the entire immigration reform bill.

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) issued a harsh 140-character message Thursday for the hundreds of DREAMers who are storming Capitol Hill over the next few weeks to confront politicians and make sure the proposed immigration reform bill does not get watered down--specifically a provision that would allow families separated by deportation to be reunited. 

King, who is against the Senate Gang of Eight immigration bill, tweeted:

The Iowa Republican proposed an amendment that passed the House last week aiming to reverse President Barack Obama's order allowing Homeland Security officials to delay deportations of young undocumented immigrants. So-called "DREAMers," people who were brought into the U.S. as children, would fall into this category.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announced in a press release Thursday that he would be endorsing Newark Mayor Corey Booker to fill the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg's New Jersey Senate seat.

The release read:

Over the past seven years, Mayor Booker has worked tirelessly to improve Newark’s schools, reduce violent crime, spur economic growth, expand opportunity and create jobs. On an issue near and dear to my heart, he’s aggressively implemented CitiStat, an initiative we created in Baltimore when I was mayor. Through CitiStat, Mayor Booker has made Newark more efficient, while saving taxpayer dollars and delivering better results to Newark’s citizens.

In these challenging times, there is a clear contrast emerging between leadership that works and ideology that doesn’t. The fundamental question is no longer about whether we move left or right, but whether we move forward or back. We need more entrepreneurial, collaborative, results-driven leaders like Cory Booker in the U.S. Senate, not more politics as usual.  I plan to work hard to get him elected.

Booker is one of four Democrats and two Republicans running for the seat and is considered to be an early favorite. O'Malley has been publicly weighing a 2016 presidential run.

After a marathon session that lasted until nearly 4 in the morning on Thursday, the Arizona House approved a plan backed by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act by providing health insurance coverage to an additional 350,000 low-income Arizonans.

The 33-27 vote followed 9 hours of debate and fiery pleas by conservative Republicans who wanted to kill the expansion and break the bipartisan coalition that ultimately pushed it to victory, according to the Arizona Republic.

“I feel like I’ve been punched in the gut,” Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko told the paper. “And I feel like I’ve been betrayed.”

The bill must now pass through the Senate, which is scheduled to vote on it Thursday morning. If it passes, and Brewer signs it into law as expected, she would become the second Republican governor to push Medicaid expansion through a GOP-controlled legislature and Arizona would become the 21st state to expand Medicaid under the ACA.

The House also approved a $8.8 billion budget Thursday morning.

A Republican state representative from Maine said Wednesday that he and most of his GOP colleagues are against accepting federal funds to expand health care coverage because, well, men and women think differently.

"From the other side of the aisle I hear the conversation being about 'free this is free, we need to take it and it's free and we need to do it now' and that's sort of the fundamental message that my brain receives," Ken Fredette said in a speech on the House floor. "Now, my brain being a man's brain sort of thinks differently, because I say, well, it's not if it's free is it really free because I say in my brain there's a cost to this."

Watch the video here.

(h/t Political Wire)

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