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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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Los Angeles' Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, chair of the Democratic convention later this year, criticized Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) work-in-progress DREAM Act.

"I would support the president's version of the DREAM Act," he said Sunday on CBS' Face The Nation. "I think that Senator Rubio's version of the DREAM Act would create a second class status for folks. And I understand that Speaker Boehner has said that he doesn't expect that that issue will be addressed in this Congress."

Villaraigosa predicted Mitt Romney's stances on immigration would hurt the candidate.

"He said the DREAM Act would be a handout and has campaigned with Kris Kobach, who authored the Arizona and the Alabama laws," Villaraigosa said.

Watch the video, via CBS News.

A battle over how to avert a student loan interest rate hike is breeding political opportunism on both sides of the divide. Republicans are trying to use to occasion to slice off a piece of "Obamacare," and Democrats are turning it into another debate about women's health.

Leaders of both parties want to freeze existing rates on federally-subsidized student loans. House Republicans voted Friday to do so by repealing the health care reform law's currently $10 billion prevention and public health fund. The White House has threatened veto and Democrats are protesting the pay-for.

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White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan said Sunday that President Obama made a "gutsy" call in ordering the raid that killed Osama bin Laden one year ago.

Brennan, trying hard not to get into the politics of the issue, affirmed that the decision was hardly a no-brainer as there were many differences of opinion among top-level officials.

Here's his exchange with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's This Week:

BRENNAN:  I don't do politics.  I don't do the campaign.  I am not a Democrat or Republican.  I'm a counter-terrorism adviser to the president.  All that I know is that the president made the decision when he was given the opportunity to take a gutsy decision, to carry out that raid with our Special Forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.  The president made that decision.  I think the American people are, you know, clearly very appreciative and supportive of that decision.  We're safer today as a result.  And, therefore, all I know is that the president made the decision when he had to. 

STEPHANOPOULOS:  You said it was a gutsy call.  Mitt Romney has said that any president would have made the same decision.  Do you agree with that? 

BRENNAN:  All I know is that the president made the call when he needed to.  And as people have said, it was a divided room as far as, you know, some of the principal sentiments on this issue were concerned. 

STEPHANOPOULOS:  It's been reported that the vice president, the secretary of defense, the secretary of state all against it, yet the president overrode them. 

BRENNAN:  There was active discussion up until the last moment on this.  And there were differences of view, clearly.

BRENNAN:  All I know is that the president made the call when he needed to.  And as people have said, it was a divided room as far as, you know, some of the principal sentiments on this issue were concerned.  

At the annual White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C. Saturday, President Obama delivered a stand-up comedy routine before comedian Jimmy Kimmel took the mic and entertained the crowd of reporters, lawmakers and celebrities.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) sought to make the case for Mitt Romney on Sunday.

"Listen, I've known the governor for 15 years. He's a very likable person. And, frankly, he has a very successful career," Boehner said on CNN's State of the Union.

He said "I have not talked to" Romney, but defended him against the notion that his extraordinary wealth puts him out of touch with regular people.

"Listen, the American people don't want to vote for a loser," Boehner said. "They don't want to vote for someone that hasn't been successful."

The speaker reiterated his recent aggressive criticisms of President Obama's economic record.

Under fire from the powerful U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for writing a budget that cuts deeply into programs that help the needy, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) defended his vision in a Thursday speech at Georgetown University.

But his remarks were less an attempt to persuade his religious detractors than to undermine them, putting the Catholic Wisconsinite in the uncomfortable position of criticizing a frequent ally.

"I suppose there are some Catholics who for a long time have thought they had a monopoly of sorts," Ryan said. "Not exactly on heaven, but on the social teaching of our church. Of course there can be differences among faithful Catholics on this."

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A lesser-known but important provision in "Obamacare" that regulates how health insurance companies spend their money is yielding benefits for consumers, a new study finds.

By this August, insurers are projected to send consumers a total of $1.3 billion in rebates, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis released Thursday -- $541 million to large employers, $377 million to small businesses and $426 million to people with their own insurance plans.

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The Senate on Thursday passed the Democrats' version of the Violence Against Women Act by a 68-31 margin.

The GOP-led House is set to pass a scaled back version, in which case the two chambers would have to sort out their differences in conference committee.

The Senate is expected to pass the Democrats' "Violence Against Women Act" without major changes Thursday, according to a senior Democratic aide.

The chamber will vote on a four amendments -- two Republican, two Democratic, with one hour of debate for each -- prior to a final vote on the legislation.

In their ongoing push to close the gender gap, Republicans are dispatching their 2008 presidential nominee to blunt the accusation that they're waging a "war on women." Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) lit into his Democratic colleagues Thursday for lobbing the charge, calling it "imaginary" and "phony."

"My friends, this supposed 'war on women' or the use of similarly outlandish rhetoric by partisan operatives has two purposes, and both are purely political in their purpose and effect," McCain said on the Senate floor, according to prepared remarks. "The first is to distract citizens from real issues that really matter and the second is to give talking heads something to sputter about when they appear on cable television."

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