Sahil Kapur

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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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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) stonewalled President Obama's call Wednesday to extend the middle income tax rates set to expire in January, and hinted that the two will remain at a dead stop at least until they meet Friday.

"Well, I think instead of the House moving on the Senate bill, the Senate ought to move on the House bill," he told reporters during a late afternoon briefing in the Capitol.

A reporter pressed him on why he won't, as Obama suggested, vote to extend the middle income tax cuts both sides agree on the need to extend.

"We are not going to hurt our economy and make job creation more difficult, which is exactly what that plan will do," he said. "It's not the direction we want to go because it's going to hurt job creators in America."

Boehner dodged again when asked about Obama's clear refusal to extend the lower tax rates for the top bracket.

"I look forward to my conversation beginning with the president on Friday," he said.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) will ascend two ranks on the Republican leadership ladder despite running his party's Senate campaign arm ahead of its unexpected losses last week.

The Texan, who chaired the National Republican Senatorial Committee in both the 2010 and 2012 election cycles, was elected Wednesday by colleagues to replace outgoing Sen. Jon Kyl (AZ) as GOP Whip -- the No. 2 role behind Sen. Mitch McConnell (KY), who will remain Minority Leader.

"It's an honor to be elected by my colleagues to serve as the whip, the assistant leader on the Republican side," Cornyn told reporters in the Capitol. "I appreciate the confidence they've placed in me."

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

It's the No. 4 position in the House Republican conference.

The source did not have a final vote count at time of publication.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told TPM on Wednesday he had an inkling that Mitt Romney's internal polls were overly optimistic about his chances of victory.

"I had a sense that it was much more difficult than the pollsters were saying," he said in the Capitol.

In the wake of Romney's defeat, campaign operatives have told reporters that their internal polling -- contrary to public polls -- gave the Republican a good chance of victory.

"Look, everybody knows their polls were wrong," McCain said. "I mean, they admit that."

Asked if he believes the campaign was shocked about losing, he said, "You'll have to ask them."

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the newly elected Minority Whip, invoked the Bowles-Simpson fiscal commission Wednesday as a "roadmap" for upcoming deficit-reduction negotiations to avoid the fiscal cliff.

"We know what [our problems are] in the lame duck and we know what those are going forward -- there's no mystery about that," he told reporters in the Capitol. "Nor is there really any mystery to some of the solutions, based on the president's own bipartisan fiscal commission and others, that have sort of laid out the roadmap, and have shown us the way to address those issues."

Republicans have praised the plan's cuts to domestic and safety net spending, but have joined conservative activists in rejecting its multi-trillion dollar tax increases.