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.

Articles by Sahil

Mitt Romney is advancing a new -- mostly ahistorical -- reason voters should throw President Obama out of office: A Democratic Congress gave Obama everything he wanted and he still failed to turn the economy around.

"I do believe that people of this country are looking for someone who can get the country growing again with more jobs and more take-home pay, and I think they realize this president had four years to do that," Romney told Politico in an interview published Monday. "He got every piece of legislation he wanted passed, and it didn't work. I think they want someone who has a different record, and I do."

Read More →

In a leaked party platform circulating on the eve of their convention, Republicans reveal in candid detail how they intend to remake Medicare.

The platform, snagged by Politico on Friday afternoon after the Republican National Committee accidentally posted it to its website before taking it down, is scheduled to be approved at the convention early this week.

The text details the privatization policy that GOP lawmakers have supported for years, and that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are selling as necessary to "save" Medicare. But in an unusual twist, it addresses the specific aspect of the proposal that makes it a departure from what Americans know as "Medicare."

Read More →

Determined to preempt Democratic attacks on their Medicare plan, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have launched an offensive to portray themselves as the protectors of the seniors program while attacking President Obama for having "robbed" Medicare to pay for 'Obamacare.'

The charge is problematic because Ryan's budget included the same $716 billion in provider pay cuts, although Romney and Ryan now say they'll rescind the savings. But it's ironic for another reason: the Romney-Ryan plan would convert Medicare into a program that's remarkably similar to the Affordable Care Act.

Read More →

The Obama campaign is responding to attacks from Mitt Romney with a TV ad that cites AARP as evidence that the Affordable Care Act won't harm seniors despite its payment cuts to Medicare providers.

Republicans on the House Ways & Means Committee on Friday returned fire by seeking to discredit AARP, accusing the influential seniors' group of sacrificing the well-being of its elderly members in order to boost its profits.

Read More →

Rep. Paul Ryan has cited Rage Against The Machine as one of his favorite bands, but its guitarist Tom Morello doesn't love him back.

"Paul Ryan's love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades," opens Tom Morello in a scathing Rolling Stone op-ed lashing the VP nominee.

"He can like whatever bands he wants, but his guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent is antithetical to the message of Rage," wrote Morello, an activist for progressive causes.

He added: "Don't mistake me, I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta 'rage' in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically the only thing he's not raging against is the privileged elite he's groveling in front of for campaign contributions."

Rep. Paul Ryan is considered a single-issue candidate -- a vice presidential pick who bolsters Mitt Romney's argument that this election is about the economy and only the economy.

Ryan hasn't dedicated much time to social issues. But the Wisconsinite, best understood as an anti-tax, anti-spending purist, has taken positions outside the mainstream on issues like abortion and women's health.

An examination of Ryan's record reveals a congressman who, with few exceptions, has hewed to his party's far-right base on social issues. He has supported a federal ban on abortion even in the case of rape and incest, and a ban on gay adoption.

Read More →

Senate Democrats' chief policy and messaging strategist is telling his members to hammer Mitt Romney's running mate Rep. Paul Ryan all the way to Election Day, not just as a Medicare slayer but also as a fiscal phony.

In a memo his office provided to TPM, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) calls on Democrats to puncture the central Romney campaign narrative that the Republican ticket is serious about tackling the nation's greatest fiscal challenges. The document reflects Democrats' longstanding frustrations with the credibility Ryan has among Washington centrists as a sincere deficit hawk.

"If we can succeed in showing voters how Ryan is not really a deficit hawk at all -- that he prioritizes conservative ideology over balancing the budget -- the rationale for his selection is gone, and Romney's political high-wire act will fail," Schumer writes.

Read More →