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

When Congress returns this week, House Republican leaders' mission will be to act swiftly to fund the government and avoid the drama of a shutdown confrontation.

The task appears simple: pass legislation to keep the federal government operating as it currently is when the new fiscal year begins on Oct. 1 — no extraneous provisions, no gamesmanship like last year.

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Mitch McConnell's campaign manager, Jesse Benton, was facing subpoenas for emails and financial transactions before he resigned last Friday from the helm of Senate Republican leader's reelection effort.

The Center For Responsive Politics reported on Thursday that one of two grand juries investigating an Iowa bribery scandal in the 2012 presidential election had in late July subpoenaed documents from "at least seventeen individuals, including [Ron] Paul, [Michele] Bachmann and Jesse Benton."

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Sen. Rand Paul said on Friday he'd vote to authorize further air strikes against ISIS "in a heartbeat," changing his position on how the U.S. should deal with the radical Islamic group.

"I would vote yes and I would do it in a heartbeat. Radical Islam is a threat to the United States, our embassies, our journalists," the Kentucky Republican said on Fox News, adding that President Barack Obama needs to seek permission from Congress.

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Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes attacked Republican Mitch McConnell for skipping committee meetings in a new TV ad released Friday.

"He only showed up seven percent of the time," a narrator says. "If you did that, you'd get fired. So should he."

A McConnell campaign spokeswoman didn't contest the "seven percent" figure but said the ad demonstrates Grimes' "profound lack of knowledge" about the office she's seeking.

"Mitch McConnell appointed the conferees who negotiated the farm bill, secured the inclusion of the hemp provision for Kentucky, and assured the bill's passage while Alison Grimes was trying to figure out how to get her dad to pay for her campaign bus," said Allison Moore, a McConnell spokeswoman.

Grimes trails the Senate minority leader by 4.8 percentage points, according to the TPM PollTracker average.

Watch the ad below.

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