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Sahil Kapur

Sahil Kapur is TPM's senior congressional reporter and Supreme Court correspondent. His articles have been published in the Huffington Post, The Guardian and The New Republic. Email him at sahil@talkingpointsmemo.com and follow him on Twitter at @sahilkapur.

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The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a trial court judge's order blocking Ohio's restrictions on early voting.

A unanimous three-judge panel affirmed the preliminary injunction granted earlier this month by Judge Peter C. Economus, meaning that the cutbacks cannot go into effect until the case is resolved on the merits by the courts.

The circuit judges agreed that the restrictions run afoul of the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

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The Arkansas Senate race has narrowed, according to a new poll which shows Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor leading Republican Tom Cotton by 2 points.

The Suffolk/USA Today survey released Wednesday found Pryor leading 45 percent to 43 percent, within the poll's margin of error. Seven percent were undecided.

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John Boehner is "all in" to be Speaker of the House again next year. But as usual, he has his share of dissidents who want to oust him — disenchantment remains strong with some of the Republican conference.

But for all the grumbling, they have a tough battle on their hands if they want a new Speaker in January.

A new article in The Hill points to stirrings a coup attempt by some members against the Ohio Republican, who has served in the House's top job since 2011. The piece centers around a less-than-organized push by Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), who told the paper he's meeting with members to chart out "a new direction" for the House.

According to numerous conservative House lawmakers, as well as aides who declined to be named, Boehner's gavel is safe. Here are four reasons why.

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A new ad by Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes seeks to pit Republican supporters of immigration reform against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), whose allies are attacking her for backing "amnesty."

It comes in response to a spot by the pro-McConnell super PAC Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, in which a narrator says, "Alison Grimes, proud supporter of Obama's amnesty plan."

Grimes' 36-second web ad splices video of Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) touting their support for the same immigration bill. McCain insists, "This is not amnesty." It quotes Glenn Kessler, a fact checker for the Washington Post, calling the Republican group's attack "bizarre and hypocritical."

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A group of Senate Democrats introduced legislation on Tuesday which would require federally funded hospitals—under Medicare or Medicaid—to provide emergency contraception to rape victims who request it.

The "Emergency Contraception Access and Education Act of 2014" was co-sponsored by Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Cory Booker (D-NJ).

It says a contraceptive drug must be provided if it is approved by the FDA and "prevents pregnancy primarily by preventing or delaying ovulation, and does not terminate an established pregnancy."

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Update: 12:42 PM EST

A judge in Louisiana on Monday struck down the state's gay marriage ban, declaring that it violates the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection, due process and "full faith and credit" between states.

State Judge Edward D. Rubin ruled Monday in favor of a lesbian couple's petition to both be recognized as their son's parents, holding that "Louisiana cannot define and regulate marriage to the extent that it infringes upon the constitutional rights of its petitioners."

"This court finds that there is no rational connection between Louisiana's laws prohibiting same sex marriage and its goals of linking children to intact families formed by their biological parents," he wrote.

Buddy Caldwell, Louisiana's Republican attorney general, plans to appeal the ruling.

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One month ago, the Obama administration tweaked its birth control mandate to address concerns of religious nonprofits who said filling out a form to opt out of paying for contraceptives would still make them complicit in sin.

Since then, various entities that sued have made clear they aren't satisfied with the new accommodation, and will keep fighting for a complete exemption so that they can block off insurance coverage for contraceptives, which they view as sin, for their women employees.

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