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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.

Articles by Sahil

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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The Justice Department is responding to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's thinly-veiled comparison of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to a segregationist by sending him a book about the civil rights movement.

"Walking With the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement" was written by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), a civil rights icon. The DOJ bookmarked a page in which Lewis writes about Vivian Malone Jones, the first black graduate of the University of Alabama, who was blocked at the door by segregationist Gov. George Wallace when seeking to enroll.

Jones is Holder's sister-in-law.

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Democratic senators intend to occupy the Senate floor from Monday night at 10 P.M. ET through Tuesday morning at 9 A.M., taking turns speaking to urge action on climate change.

The event, organized by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), features 28 Senate Democrats, including the top four leaders and members of the Senate Climate Action Task Force.

"Climate change is real, it is caused by humans, and it is solvable," Schatz said. "Congress must act."

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