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.

Articles by Sahil

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear two landmark cases about the validity of a rule under Obamacare that employer health plans must cover emergency contraceptives for female employees without co-pays.

The cases carry potentially far-reaching implications for Obamacare, access to birth control, the concept of corporate personhood and the extent to which religious liberty can exempt entities from laws they object to.

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The country's most aggressive anti-tax lobbyist is taking aim at Chris Christie over a new sales tax on electronic cigarettes endorsed by the New Jersey governor in his recent budget proposal.

Grover Norquist, the guardian of the notorious anti-tax pledge signed by most national Republicans, name-checked Christie in a recent letter calling on the New Jersey legislature to reject the GOP governor's "misguided" proposal, which would tax e-cigarette products at the same rate as traditional cigarettes.

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Kentucky GOP Senate candidate Matt Bevin says he's giving Mitch McConnell the opportunity to retire with dignity.

"There's no one, myself included, who could go to Washington for 20-30-40 years and not change. It's cathartic, good, refreshing for there to be turnover. You've gotta be careful of staying anywhere too long. It's best to retire with dignity. I'm offering Mitch McConnell the chance to do so," Bevin said on the campaign trail, as quoted by TIME.

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The National Rifle Association has targeted President Barack Obama's nominee for surgeon general, and Democrats are in retreat.

Vivek Hallegere Murthy was tapped for the coveted role to serve as the federal government's top spokesman on public health. He's a uniquely accomplished physician -- a physician-instructor at Harvard Medical School since 2006 and a co-founder of VISIONS Worldwide in 1995, a nonprofit group working to fight HIV/AIDS. He received a B.A. from Harvard, an M.B.A. from Yale School of Management and an M.D. from Yale School of Medicine.

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One year after the GOP's brutal post-election "autopsy" report, the party has shunned meaningful changes to its governing agenda and is instead relying on stylistic shifts to make itself relevant to the changing American electorate.

In a joint op-ed published Monday in RealClearPolitics.com, the authors of the Republican National Committee report, which was released one year ago today, emphasized and re-emphasized their recent efforts to expand voter outreach, adopt the latest technologies and craft a message that appeals to voters outside their core tent. They expounded on their successes in those areas in a conference call with reporters in the afternoon.

Conspicuously missing in both venues was a single policy change embraced by the congressional GOP in the wake of the RNC's introspective look at where its party went astray.

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