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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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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) categorically rejected a fiscal deal that does not raise tax rates on upper incomes, arguing that "just to close loopholes is far too little money."

Asked Sunday on ABC's "This Week" if she'd accept a deal that would hold tax rates constant but cap deductions for high earners, she said, "No."

"The president made it very clear that there are not enough [deductions] of the sort," she said, calling that approach "a blueprint for hampering our future" because it would require deeper cuts in investments.

On potential reforms to safety net programs like Medicare and Social Security, something Republicans are calling for, she said, "If that means harming beneficiaries, I don't think that's such a good idea."

"We also don't need to be saying stupid things," he said. "Look, we had candidates in Indiana and Missouri that said offensive things that not only hurt themselves and lost us two Senate seats but also hurt the Republican Party across the board."

On abortion, while Jindal said he's pro-life, "we don't need to demonize those that disagree with us. We need to respect the fact that others have come to different conclusions based on their own sincerely held beliefs."

Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal continued his outspoken criticisms of Mitt Romney's controversial remarks that President Obama won reelection by offering "gifts" to minorities and youth.

"I absolutely reject what he said," he said. "We as a Republican Party have to campaign for every single vote. If we want people us we have to like them first. And you don't start to like people by saying their votes were bought. We're an aspirational party."

"We need to make it very clear -- we're not the party trying to protect the rich. They can protect themselves."

Retiring Sen. Joe Liberman (I-CT) said he doesn't expect to work in the Obama administration after retiring.

On "Fox News Sunday," he said there have been "no talks" of him working at the State Department, Defense Department or CIA, and that it's "not what I'm planning for the next chapter of my life."

He added that if he's offered a top role, "you've got to give it serious consideration," but "I'm not waiting by the phone -- I don't expect a call."

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that a deficit-reduction deal should not raise taxes but can increase revenue through "pro-growth" reforms.

"We need to look at increasing revenue through pro-growth policies as well as tax revenue," the conservative congressman and GOP leadership member said.

Host Candy Crowley pressed him on what he means by tax revenue.

"Tax revenue -- which means broadening the base, lowering the rates, closing the loopholes, limiting the deductions, limiting the credits, and making certain that we identify the appropriate spending reductions so that we have, indeed, a balanced approach," he said.

Price said "tax increases to chase ever higher spending is a fool's errand," instead calling for a "process of tax reforms and spending reductions."

At a news conference in Bangkok during a visit to Asia, President Obama said Sunday that Israel has every right to defend itself amid growing violence in the region.

"[N]o country on earth would tolerate missiles raining down" on its citizens, he said, according to the Associated Press. He added that any attempt to make peace with Palestinians "starts with no missiles being fired into Israel's territory."

If Republicans have been chastened by losing the women's vote last week by the widest margin in modern history, they have a funny way of showing it.

House GOP leaders aren't yielding to a bipartisan coalition of Senate leaders demanding they extend the protections of the Violence Against Women Act -- an anti-domestic abuse bill that was first passed with broad support in 1994 but hit a brick wall of Republican opposition earlier this year.

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Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) is set to become the next chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, her office confirmed to TPM on Thursday.

"Senator Murray has confirmed that she expects to be the next chairman of the Senate Budget Committee," her spokesman Eli Zupnick said.

"She is going to use all of her committee and leadership positions to continue fighting for veterans, as she has done over her entire career. She plans to continue working to reduce the deficit and pay down the debt in a balanced way that is fair for seniors and the middle class and calls on the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share."

Murray, who chaired the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee this cycle, was next in line to replace current Budget Chairman, Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), who did not seek re-election.

A new setback for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA) defeated Rep. Tom Price (GA) on Wednesday to become the next House Republican Conference Chairman, according to a person in the room during the vote.

It's a wake-up call for Ryan, who urged colleagues in a letter Tuesday morning to support Price, the former chief of the deeply conservative Republican Study Committee, and favorite of the party's right wing.

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