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

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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It's not every day you see a powerful politician waging an unapologetic public war against a couple of private citizens. But Harry Reid is no ordinary politician, and the Koch brothers are no ordinary men.

The Democratic Senate majority leader is using his bully pulpit to pick an increasingly acrimonious fight with the billionaire oil tycoons, seizing on every opportunity he gets -- and creating new ones -- to throw everything but the kitchen sink at them. In recent weeks he has called them "un-American" plutocrats who "have no conscience and are willing to lie" in order to "rig the system" against the middle class. He has also accused them of bribing foreign governments in order to expand their energy empire.

"I've been told by lots of people, 'Don't pick a fight. They're wealthy. They're very vengeful.' But without sounding too melodramatic, if not me, then who?" Reid told reporters in his Capitol office on Thursday. "I am after the two [Koch] brothers. They are two people who are trying to buy America. They have the money to do it."

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It's not often that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell supports a progressive Democrat's deeply consequential bill -- especially one that's despised by the military.

And yet, the Kentucky Republican voted with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and his arch nemesis, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), in favor of a bill Thursday to remove the prosecution of rape from the military chain of command. The bill was blocked anyway: it received 55 votes, short of the 60 needed to break a filibuster.

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The Senate shot down legislation to remove the prosecution of rape from the military chain of command, delivering a stinging defeat for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who has built significant support for the idea in recent months.

The Democratic-led chamber narrowly voted down the proposal, which received 55 votes in favor and 45 against, falling short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster on Thursday.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told a group of reporters on Thursday he won't give up on confirming President Barack Obama's top civil rights nominee, Debo P. Adegbile, who was voted down the previous day.

"I have such high regard for him as a person," Reid said in his Capitol Hill office. "His life story is really the American dream. Such a modest, really smart man."

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