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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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Mitt Romney's campaign came out swinging against Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner for saying there's "no risk" the United States will face a Greece-like debt catastrophe in the next two years.

"Almost a year to the day after telling the country there was ‘no risk’ of a credit downgrade, Secretary Geithner is at it again – telling Americans there is ‘no risk’ of fiscal disaster from our ever-growing national debt," Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul said in a statement. "What’s the real risk to America’s fiscal future? Four more years of the same failed policies from the Obama Administration."

Geithner was speaking specifically about the comparisons to Greece on NBC's Meet The Press Sunday, being interviewed by David Gregory.

Gregory: “Tom Coburn has just written a book and he said if we don't deal with these debt problems, we're going to be Greece in two years. Do you not see the debt as..."

Geithner: “No, no, no risk of that.”

Gregory: “No risk of that?”

Geithner: “No.”

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) chimed in Sunday on the battle for female voters, making an impassioned case that President Obama's policies are far better for women than those of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

"It's Barack Obama whose first bill he ever signed was the Lilly Ledbetter fair pay act," she said on NBC's Meet The Press. "Mitt Romney? His hero is a governor from Wisconsin who just got rid of the equal pay laws there."

She added Obama has worked to increase economic opportunity for women by focusing on education, pell grants and broading access to health care.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appeared on the same segment, echoing the Romney campaign's argument that most of the jobs lost under Obama have been women's jobs.

At his speech to the National Rifle Association this weekend, Rick Santorum revealed that he has signed his 3-year-old daughter Bella up as a member of the pro-gun group.

"Karen and I are life members of the NRA, and we wanted to announce today that ... now Bella is a life member of the NRA too," Santorum said. "I hope it is a long life."

(h/t CNN)

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who ran unsuccessfully for president this year, said Sunday she's considering endorsing Mitt Romney, who is all but certain to win the nomination.

"I am very seriously looking into an endorsement of Mitt Romney," she said on NBC's Meet The Press.

RNC Chair Reince Priebus on Sunday argued that it's no big deal that presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney has sought an extension for filing his 2011 tax return, calling the issue a "shiny object" that Democrats may use to distract attention from the economy.

"First of all, Mitt Romney released his 2010 tax return," he said on CNN's State of the Union. "He released the estimate for the 2011 tax return. What we're talking about is an extension to file paperwork. The worst irony here is the tactic of this president, to talk about tax returns and a Buffett Rule, when in reality we have bigger issues to talk about."

"And this election won't come down to the timing of a tax return," he added. "This election will come down to the state of this economy and how Barack Obama failed this country."

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday bashed Democrats for pushing the Buffett Rule and denied that Republicans are on the wrong side of the politics.

"I don't think so," he said on CNN's State of the Union. "It's all about dividing and conquering."

"This is a shiny object that Barack Obama wants the country to look at," Priebus argued. "If you added up every dollar of revenue that this little rule would put into place, if you took every dollar over a year, it would add up to paying for 11 hours of the federal government."

Polls say the public strongly supports the rule, which would ensure that millionaires and billionaires pay at least 30 percent of their income in taxes.

The U.S. embassy in Afghanistan is on lockdown Sunday morning as a series of coordinated attacks have taken place across the nation on government buildings and international facilities, according to multiple reports.

Bloomberg News called it the Taliban's "biggest offensive this year."

A CNN correspondent said on "State of the Union" that all U.S. embassy staff were accounted for as of early Sunday morning ET.

Tornadoes ravaging the Midwest and Plains have killed five people and injured 29 in Oklahoma, and caused serious damage to property, according to The Associated Press.

AP adds:

Oklahoma emergency officials said five people died after a tornado touched down at 12:18 a.m. Sunday in and around the northwest Oklahoma town of Woodward, the high winds damaging homes, toppling trees and downing power lines about 140 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. ..

Storms also were reported in Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska as a wide-ranging storm system lumbered its way across the nation's midsection Saturday and Sunday.

 

A new small-business law spearheaded by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is harming relations between the White House and its labor allies. Unions objected strongly before the legislation was enacted, and several weeks later, they're continuing to air grievances.

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which passed with broad bipartisan support earlier this year, loosens regulations on small-business capital formation. Proponents on Capitol Hill say it will encourage entrepreneurship while a growing number of critics, including worker advocates, worry that it incentivizes fraud and will diminish the government's ability to police bad business practices.

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President Obama's reelection campaign celebrated its No. 1 political foe's signature achievement on its sixth anniversary Thursday. And from the law's standard-bearer, Mitt Romney? Crickets.

That's a sneak peak at how bizarre the politics of health care are shaping up in the general election, which kicked into high gear this week as Rick Santorum cleared Romney's path to challenging Barack Obama for the presidency this November.

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