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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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) argued that Jewish voters are being "exploited" by Republicans over the issue of Israel's security, calling President Obama the "strongest" supporter of Israel and accusing the GOP of seeking to distract from their domestic agenda.

The remarks provoked a fiery retort from the nation's most prominent Jewish Republican, who called it "patronizing" and "insulting" just hours before a Sunday speech in Israel by the GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

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A federal court on Friday ruled against the Obama administration's birth control mandate, the first court to side with its opponents. The decision isn't final, but the move could represent a breakthrough for conservatives determined to overturn the regulation made possible by the Affordable Care Act.

A federal district judge in Colorado issued a temporary injunction permitting Hercules Industries, an air-conditioning company based in the state, not to abide by the rule until the courts reach a decision on the merits of the case. The business owner, a Catholic who opposes contraception, argued that the mandate violates his religious liberty.

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney said in a Sunday-aired interview that John McCain made a "mistake" by selecting Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008.

Speaking to ABC in an interview that was excerpted on "This Week," Cheney called Palin an "attractive" candidate but said, "I don't think she passed that test -- of being ready to take over. And so I think that was a mistake."

To date, McCain stands by his decision to pick Palin.

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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