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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

As expected, Senate Republicans filibustered legislation on Monday aimed at helping women fight for equal pay in the workplace, a vote held by Democrats to attack the GOP ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.

The vote was 52 for, 40 against, falling short of the 60 needed to defeat a filibuster.

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The White House formally withdrew the nomination of Debo Adegbile to run the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, more than six months after the Democratic-led Senate scuttled his confirmation due to legal work he did with the NAACP decades ago.

The move reflects a shift for the White House, which along with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) had promised to continue fighting to confirm Adegbile, praising him as an excellent lawyer with the background to lead the important Justice Department division.

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Arguably the most significant consequence of a Republican Senate takeover in 2014 is absent from the campaign trail, and hardly registers in any polls asking Americans what their top election issues are.

It's not Obamacare. It's not taxes or spending or immigration. It's not the ISIS terrorist threat.

It's judicial and administrative nominations: who gets to be a lifetime-tenured federal judge, and who gets to run powerful government agencies.

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South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford took the liberty of airing his legal troubles with his ex-wife in excruciating detail on Friday afternoon.

In a 2,343 word Facebook post, the Republican congressman wrote about several lawsuits and child custody disputes with his ex-wife Jenny Sanford, whom he left for an Argentinian woman he was cheating with while he was governor. He revealed in the post that the woman, Maria Belen Chapur, is no longer his fiancé.

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A federal judge quoted fictional "House of Cards" character Frank Underwood in an opinion released Thursday for aptly articulating a "longstanding and fundamental principle of American law."

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Black struck down an Ohio law banning false statements about political candidates, decreeing it unconstitutional. The judge argued that although "[l]ies have no place in the political arena," it's not the role of the government to police the accuracy of statements.

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