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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 laughed off a question about whether he's worried about Newsweek's latest cover story labeling him a "wimp."

"If I worried about what the media said I wouldn't get much sleep and I'm able to sleep pretty well," he said in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS' "Face The Nation."

Asked if he's ever been called a wimp before, Romney said with a laugh, "I don't recall that, no."

Obama campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs said Sunday that President Obama is more committed to Israel's security than any American president.

"This president has had the strongest commitment of any US president to Israel's security," he said on ABC's "This Week."

During a CBS interview while on a trip to Israel, Mitt Romney refused multiple opportunities to criticize President Obama's foreign policy in the region, evoking the phrase "politics ends at the water's edge."

"While I'm on foreign soil, I just don't feel that I should be speaking about differences with regards to myself and President Obama on foreign policy," he said in the interview that aired Sunday on "Face The Nation." "Are there differences between us? Of course."

He said he's explicated his foreign policy and differences with Obama in earlier speeches but argued that it wouldn't be appropriate to do so while in Israel.

Obama campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs defended the president's attack ads on Mitt Romney, calling them an effort to defend against Romney's displayed tendency during the primaries to tear down his opponents with attacks.

"We're not going to let him play his tried and true role as prep school bully," Gibbs said Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

Obama campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs said Sunday that Mitt Romney's Olympics flub was "embarrassing for our country" and raises questions about whether he's "ready to be commander in chief."

"I would probably give that answer too if I had flown to London and embarrassed myself in front of our strongest ally in the world. Look, Mitt Romney wondered aloud whether London was ready for the Olympics and I think it's clear that voters in this country wonder aloud whether Mitt Romney is ready for the world. And I think the world is not yet ready for Mitt Romney."

Romney campaign senior adviser Kevin Madden on Sunday downplayed the bad press Mitt Romney has gotten over his remarks questioning London's readiness for the Olympics.

"I don't think that a gaffe or a YouTube moment is really going to make or break this particular election," he said on ABC's "This Week." "I think that the headlines that come out of London on one day are not going to be as important as the overall view that people take when it comes to our economic prosperity here at home, and then our safety and security around the globe."

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has a message for his conservative members: cool your jets on the most politically volatile issues for now -- we have an election to win.

At his weekly Capitol press briefing Thursday, the nation's most powerful Republican subtly but unmistakably sought to quell his right-wing members who have been pushing to reignite battles over government funding levels and President Obama's requirement that employer health insurance plans cover contraception without co-pays.

Since the spring, House Republicans have been barreling toward another government shutdown standoff by passing budgets and appropriations bills that violate last fall's bipartisan debt limit agreement. Boehner signaled a preference for a continuing resolution that keeps the status quo until after the election.

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Cuts proposed by House Republicans to programs designed to weed out waste and abuse within Social Security could end up costing taxpayers more in the long run than the spending cuts themselves are designed to save, according to the program's chief actuary.

An appropriations bill that last week cleared a GOP-led subcommittee slashes 2013 funding for disability reviews and eligibility redeterminations, which seek to ensure that seniors and other eligible beneficiaries don't receive more funds than they are entitled to. The proposed cuts would shave this specific budget item from the $1.024 billion agreed upon in the debt limit law last year to $272 million, saving nearly $800 million.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday sought to seize on her party's Senate victory on the Bush tax cuts by calling on House Republicans to take up a bill to avert a rate hike on incomes below $250,000.

"Yesterday was a great day. The United States Senate voted to give 100 percent of Americans -- everyone in this country -- a tax cut. We all agree that's a good idea. The only thing standing in the way of a middle income tax cut is the House Republicans," she told reporters. "We call upon our Republican colleagues to bring this bill to the floor today."

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Raising his profile at an opportune moment, rumored vice presidential candidate Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) on Wednesday introduced a measure to establish an automatic mechanism to prevent government shutdowns, a recurring feature of the 112th Congress.

The End Government Shutdowns Act would create an automatic continuing resolution if Congress fails to fund the government through regular channels in time. Funding would continue at existing levels for 120 days, then fall by 1 percent every 90 days thereafter. The bill was unveiled by Portman and 9 cosponsors: Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT), John Barrasso (R-WY), John Boozman (R-AR), Dan Coats (R-IN), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Enzi (R-WY), John Hoeven (R-ND), Mike Lee (R-UT) and John McCain (R-AZ).

It's a not-so-subtle jab at House Republicans, who have been at the center of repeated near-shutdowns since 2011, refusing to fund the government unless their policy demands were met. The move reflects Senate Republicans' frustration with the obstinacy of rank-and-file House colleagues, who are again flirting with shutting down the government this fall, just weeks away from the election.

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