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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.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) enjoyed a standing ovation for launching an anti-Obamacare zinger at a town hall Tuesday, but he did praise one major part of the law: the Medicaid expansion.

"We expanded Medicaid, because we believe that folks are better off going to see physicians and having care than going to emergency rooms all the time," he said, as quoted by CNN. "But the rest of this program does not make any sense."

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House Budget Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) says federal anti-poverty programs are creating a disincentive to work and ultimately exacerbating poverty.

"We spent about $800 billion on nearly 100 programs for the poor, on welfare programs, and it's getting worse. More people in poverty," he said Monday on conservative radio host Michael Medved's show. "The poverty rate is at a generation-high. And with these new programs that the president has put in place, like Obamacare, what we're learning is that more people will stay in the poverty trap."

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For all the buzz about Obamacare being a major issue in 2014, the health care law may not have much of an impact on the election, according to a Washington Post-ABC poll released Tuesday.

The survey found that overall, supporting Obamacare is unlikely to hurt a candidate: 34 percent of adults surveyed said they'd be "more likely to vote for" a candidate who supports the health care law, while 36 percent said they'd be "less likely to vote for" such a candidate. Twenty-seven percent said it wouldn't make much of a difference, and three percent had no opinion.

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House Republicans are poised to reach a new milestone as they gear up for their 50th vote to repeal or dismantle Obamacare.

"You know what they say: 50th time is the charm," mocked President Barack Obama.

The House is set to vote Wednesday on a bill by Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) to effectively delay the individual mandate for one year by reducing the penalty in 2014 for not buying insurance to $0. (Inclement weather in Washington could conceivably delay the bill further.)

The Republican-led chamber passed a similar bill last July, capturing 22 Democratic votes. Now that it's an election year, it's plausible that a significant number of Democrats will defect, given the unpopularity of the individual mandate and the likelihood that Senate Democrats will throw the bill in the garbage once it arrives.

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) muscled his signature budget blueprint through the House of Representatives for three straight years, basking in praise from the right and weathering criticism from the left for attempting to privatize Medicare and slash social programs.

This year, the budget chief faces a swath of competing pressures that give him little room to maneuver, and unprecedented divisions within his Republican conference that may leave him with no viable option but to ditch the project.

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The U.S. House of Representatives won't convene on Monday due to a snow storm in Washington, D.C.

Legislative business has been postponed until Tuesday afternoon, Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) office informed members. Weather conditions could spur further changes to the schedule, but as of now, the first House votes of the week are expected Tuesday evening.

The Senate is expected to gavel into session on Monday, as Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) are scheduled to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

But Reid's office announced that votes have been postponed to noon on Tuesday.

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