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

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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The push to raise the federal retirement age has waxed and waned in recent years but comprises a dedicated cadre of powerful politicians and wealthy advocates. It is a recurring feature of debates about how to reduce the long-term debt and contain safety-net spending on retiree programs like Social Security and Medicare.

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Democrats face strong headwinds in the 2014 mid-term elections and could suffer a similar fate as their crushing defeat in 2010 if their voters don't turn out, according to a longtime confidant of President Barack Obama.

David Plouffe invoked the Democrats' loss in a special election in a conservative Florida district as a "screaming siren" for the party.

"It doesn’t necessarily have to be a harbinger. We have a turnout issue. And I think that this is a screaming siren that the same problems that afflicted us in ’10 -- and traditionally we've had tougher off years than presidential years -- that could face us again," Plouffe told Bloomberg TV's "Political Capital with Al Hunt" in an interview set to air Friday night.

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) would like Nancy Pelosi to apologize for her remarks suggesting that Republicans don't care about "struggling families and really hungry children."

But that's not going to happen.

Over the weekend, the Democratic House minority leader said at the California Democrats State Convention in Los Angeles that an anonymous Republican friend told her that struggling Americans "are invisible, and the Republican caucus is indifferent to them."

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