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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A nasty fight over Obamacare's Medicaid expansion in Virginia took another shocking turn on Monday afternoon.

State Sen. Phillip Puckett (D), who resigned his post reportedly for a job as deputy director of the tobacco commission, took himself out of the running on Monday, according to the Washington Post. News of his resignation drew fierce criticism and raised questions about a possible backroom deal with Republicans. The director of the GOP-led commission had endorsed Puckett for the position and said the two discussed the possibility.

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Amid fading prospects for immigration reform in Congress, President Barack Obama has signaled he'll take executive action on enforcement to ease the burden for certain people in the country illegally who don't have criminal records. On his order, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is conducting a review of U.S. enforcement policies in order to determine how to implement the law in the smartest and most humane way.

Immigration lawyers generally agree that the president has broad legal authority when it comes to prioritizing who to deport. There is debate, however, about how far he can go in formally granting relief and work authorization to undocumented immigrants. Department of Homeland Security officials emphasize that no decisions have been made and a variety of options are under consideration.

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Between the streak of court victories for marriage equality and the rapidly shifting tide of national public opinion, conservative guardians of traditional marriage are struggling to keep the cause alive, if not conceding defeat.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday he won't appeal a George W. Bush-appointed federal judge's ruling this week that his state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, a revealing move for the GOP governor who's running for re-election this year. He argued that "the case is extremely unlikely to succeed on appeal."

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