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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House GOP legislation to delay Obamacare's individual mandate by five years would cause a spike in health insurance premiums and 13 million fewer Americans insured, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

The bill is set to come up for a vote on Friday, a Republican leadership aide said.

The delay of the mandate until 2019 would save $170 billion and use the money to fund a $138 billion "doc fix" that avoids the prospect of large physician payment cuts set to take effect on April 1, the budget office said.

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Welcome to a brave new era of trolling in the post-nuclear Senate.

Senate Republicans voted unanimously to confirm three judicial nominees on Wednesday after nearly all of them attempted -- and failed -- to filibuster the nominees the previous day.

The final votes were 98-0, 98-0 and 97-0, respectively, on Carolyn B. McHugh to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, Matthew Leitman to be a Michigan district judge, and Judith Ellen Levy to be a Michigan district judge. If Republicans hadn't objected to up-or-down votes on the nominees on Tuesday, the Senate wouldn't have had to waste a day to confirm the three picks.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told reporters Wednesday that he wouldn't comment on allegations by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that the CIA was illegally spying on Congress.

"There's an independent [inspector general]'s investigation of this CIA issue and until there's a report I think I'll keep my opinions to myself," he said.

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The cast of characters waiting in the wings to chair powerful Senate committees if Republicans win the majority this November would radically shift the direction of the chamber and probably make life miserable for the White House.

It wouldn't be the majority leader's choice. GOP committee members would vote on them, although sources say senators tend to negotiate and agree upon the assignments ahead of time. Based on seniority, conversations with Republican sources and the quirks of internal conference rules with regard to committees, here's who is best positioned to chair the various panels under a GOP majority.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) dismissed as not "serious" or "credible" a House Republican bill that would risk huge pay cuts for physicians if Obamacare's individual mandate isn't delayed.

"The credibility of what the House is doing to pay for this [Sustainable Growth Rate] fix is -- it has no credibility," he told reporters Tuesday in the Capitol. "Everyone knows they've voted ... 50 times on repealing Obamacare or in some way attacking it. They've got to find something else. This is not credible what they've done."

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Tuesday stood by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) after she publicly accused the CIA of breaking the law and spying on Congress.

"I believe in the separation of powers. I support Senator Feinstein unequivocally," Reid told reporters in the Capitol. "And I'm disappointed that the CIA is apparently unrepentant on what I understand they did."

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A leukemia patient in Michigan who starred in pro-Republican ads calling Obamacare "unaffordable" stands to save at least $1,200 due to the law, according to the Detroit News.

Julie Boonstra, 49, who suffers from leukemia, is featured prominently in the Koch-backed Americans For Prosperity ads. She told a heartbreaking tale of Obamacare canceling her insurance plan and lamenting that her new one was too expensive.

"If I do not receive my medication, I will die," Boonstra says in the ad. "I feel lied to."

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Senate Democrats plan to stay up all night Monday night and take turns speaking on the floor to urge action on climate change. Thirty of them are expected to participate in the unusual event.

These talk-a-thons tend to bring about false claims of being a filibuster. What Democrats will do is not a filibuster in any sense of the word.

Senate.gov defines a filibuster as "any attempt to block or delay Senate action on a bill or other matter by debating it at length, by offering numerous procedural motions, or by any other delaying or obstructive actions."

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is crushing his conservative primary challenger, Matt Bevin, according to a new poll.

McConnell leads GOP candidate Matt Bevin by a whopping margin of 61 to 23 percent, according to the survey by Public Opinion Strategies, which was conducted for a pro-McConnell group. He polls about equally well, as compared to Bevin, with self-identified GOP conservatives, moderates and tea partiers.

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