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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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NBC "Meet The Press" host David Gregory, interviewing Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) on Sunday, said the two co-chairmen of the Simpson-Bowles fiscal commission have told him that Mitt Romney's tax reform proposal doesn't add up.

"Now here's the thing, I know the Romney campaign has six studies that say it does add up but we don't know exactly how. I've talked to Erskine Bowles and Senator [Alan] Simpson of the Simpson-Bowles commission and they say it simply doesn't work -- that either the middle class will have to pay more in taxes or you have to blow up the deficit."

Portman, a top Romney surrogate, insisted the math "does work" but did not specify which tax deductions or credits Romney would target.

Appearing on ABC's "This Week," Democratic National Committee Chair and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) went after Mitt Romney over his remarks about women and equal pay.

"On Lilly Ledbetter, I mean I think it's very telling. Mitt Romney, on a point blank question the other night in the debate, refused to answer whether he believes in equal pay for equal work," Wasserman Schultz said. "He refers to women as binders and resumes. You know, a callous sort of brush-off."

Appearing Sunday on ABC's "This Week," Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a Mitt Romney surrogate, criticized the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, but not the principle of equal pay for women.

"I think anyone who is working out there any making a living -- if you're the most qualified person for the job, you should be able to get paid, you should get paid as much as your male counterpart. Everyone agrees with that principle," Rubio said. "But just because they call a piece of legislation an equal pay bill doesn't make it so. In fact, much of this legislation is, in many respects, nothing but an effort to help trial lawyers collect their fees and file lawsuits, which may not contribute at all whatsoever to increasing pay equity in the workplace."

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) went after House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) for publicly posting State Department cables that compromised the names of several Libyans working with the United States and put them in danger.

"This idea of Chairman Issa, that he's going to dump the names in public of Libyans who are risking their lives to support America and keep us safe, in an effort to get a political toehold in this election is unconscionable," Durbin said. "It is unacceptable."

Ahead of the final presidential debate, on foreign policy, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) had harsh words for President Obama on Libya.

"This is going to be a case study, studied for years, of a breadown of national security at every level," he said. "Failed presidential leadership. Senior members of the Obama administration failed miserably."

"We should have clsoed that consulate long before September 11th or heavily reinforced it, and I put that on the president of the United States."

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on Fox News Sunday that the U.S. should not bother with one-on-one talks with Iran over its nuclear program.

"They continue to enrich, enrich. I think the time for talking is over. We should be demanding transparenty and access to their nuclear program," he said. "As we continue to talk, they continue to enrich."

The one specific idea Mitt Romney has floated to pay for his nearly $5 trillion in proposed tax cuts would cover only a fraction of the cost, according to a new nonpartisan study released Wednesday.

Capping itemized deductions available to taxpayers at $17,000 -- which Romney has mentioned as one possible way to make his plan revenue-neutral -- would raise just $1.7 trillion over 10 years, according to the Tax Policy Center. TPC averred that his lack of specifics in other areas makes its analysis imperfect.

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On Tuesday, one of Mitt Romney's boldest claims -- that his new jobs plan will create 12 million jobs -- fell apart.

Quizzed about the claim by Washington Post's fact-checker Glenn Kessler, the Romney campaign cited three separate studies that, taken together, include numbers that add up to 12 million jobs created. But as Kessler found, the studies employ different time frames, and two of them have no bearing on Romney's policies.

And, it turns out, not all of the authors believe their research helps justify Romney's conclusion either.

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