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

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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Long-simmering between Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY) is rising to the surface in the form of a public feud over foreign policy.

The prominent conservative freshman are both rumored to have presidential ambitions in 2016.

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House Republicans have a bold new strategy to attack Obamacare, which involves huge pay cuts for physicians unless Democrats agree to delay the law's individual mandate to buy insurance.

GOP leaders intend to vote on legislation this week, aides say, to delay the individual mandate in order to fund a "doc fix" that avoids a 24 percent pay cut to physicians under Medicare -- which will automatically take effect on April 1 unless Congress acts. Inaction would disrupt the health care system, in part by causing many doctors to stop accepting Medicare patients.

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Obamacare McCarthyism jumped the shark in the Texas primary this week.

No politician has deployed the tactic more fervently than Texas Rep. Steve Stockman, and his underdog campaign for the GOP's Senate nomination failed spectacularly. For all his woes and lack of effort in other areas, the congressman went above and beyond when it came to accusing Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) of harboring a secret love for Obamacare, the law that Republicans roundly detest.

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