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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Rep. Jim Clyburn (SC), the No. 3 House Democrat, said President Obama should consider running against the Supreme Court if they overturn his health care reform law.

"I think the president ought to take a look at what -- in years before, we have seen presidents run against Congress and we've seen presidents run against the Supreme Court. Franklin Roosevelt did it to the Supreme Court, Truman did it to the Congress."

The last time the Supreme Court struck down part of a president's signature legislative achievement was in the 1930s during FDR's New Deal reforms. In response, FDR went after the court with a vengeance and eventually won.

Clyburn said running against the court would be off limits for Congress, but not for a president. He said Obama should take his case to the people and "ask them to give him a mandate for the years going forward."

Brian Fitzpatrick, a professor at Vanderbilt University Law School and former clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia, weighed in after the Supreme Court health care arguments.

He wrote in an email to TPM:

Scalia is a very likely vote against the mandate, and I'd say there is a 65% chance the five conservatives strike it down.

The Democrats' top messaging guru on Sunday sought to calm progressive fears that the Supreme Court might strike down his party's crowning achievement -- and he starkly warned that overturning the health care reform law would make the justices look like activists.

"Anyone who judges how the court is going to rule based on the questions hasn't looked at the history of the questions before and then the results," said Sen. Chuck Schumer on NBC's Meet The Press. "I've been on the Judiciary Committee for 30 years in the House and the Senate, and one thing I've learned, you can't tell by the questioning as to how the court is going to rule."

The No. 3 Democrat cited the 2009 decision on the Voting Rights Act where he said the "questioning was really hostile" but the justices upheld the law 8-1. He added that, as TPM has reported, conservative judges in lower courts had peppered the administration's lawyer with tough questions and then voted to uphold the health care law.

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House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan admitted Sunday he "misspoke" when questioning the integrity of top generals on military spending needs, and said he has apologized to the Pentagon's top adviser to the president.

"I really misspoke," he said on CNN's State of the Union. "And I did not mean to impugn the integrity of the military in any way." Asked whether he has apologized to Gen. Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Ryan said, "Yeah, I called him and told him that."

"It was not the impression I meant to give," Ryan added on ABC's This Week. "I talked to General Dempsey on it, and expressed that sentiment."

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The Associated Press reports:

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado, who led Mexico from 1982 to 1988 during economic crisis and a devastating earthquake, died Sunday at age 77, Mexican officials and his personal secretary said.

Van Jones argued Sunday that the GOP is effectively supporting free riders in their attack on the 'Obamacare' individual mandate, because if it succeeds, the uninsured will continue to receive care that taxpayers will have to help cover the cost of.

"It's so amazing to hear the Republican Party now cheerleading for the freeloaders," Jones said on ABC's This Week. "They say 'hey listen, if you divebomb yourself into an emergency room, don't worry about it, taxpayers will pay for it; we have no -- there's nothing we can do to make sure people don't pay on the front end.'"

"What I dont understand is, what does the Republican Party want here?" he added. "If we can't have single payer, we can't have a public option, and we can't have individual responsibility, what we're going to have here is more Americans dying."

Ann Coulter, who also appeared on the ABC Roundtable, retorted that it's "a freeloader problem created by Congress" thanks to a law requiring that emergency rooms do not turn down patients.

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter, a supporter of Mitt Romney, said Sunday that it would be a mistake to select Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) as the GOP's vice presidential nominee.

"I think that would be a mistake because the same people who loved Rubio loved Rick Perry," Coulter said on ABC's This Week. “I want someone who’s been a bit more tested."

Rubio has persistently lowered expectations that he'll be the VP pick but speculations to the contrary are rampant among political pundits.

Sen. Chuck Schumer told NBC's Savannah Guthrie that the Supreme Court justices won't decide the 'Obamacare' case on the basis of some stumbles by the government's lawyer.

"Look, on the substance he had very good answers," Schumer said Sunday on Meet The Press. "And you know, drinking water, coughing, that's not going to affect these justices. They've been studying this case, and the precedents, and everything else for the last several months. They'll be studying it for the next several months. And it's the substance of the argument that matters."

Guthrie played a clip of U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli sounding less than eloquent in the oral arguments before asking Schumer if he was satisfied with his performance.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) sought to assuage liberal fears Sunday, arguing that tough questioning from the Justices does not mean the Supreme Court will overturn the Affordable Care Act.

"You know, I've been on the Judiciary Committee for 30 years in the House and the Senate, and one thing I've learned, you can't tell by the questioning as to how the court is going to rule," he said on NBC's Meet The Press.

Schumer pointed to other cases where tough questioning belied the outcome.

"I would say this," he added later. "Anyone who judges how the court is going to rule based on the questions hasn't looked at the history of the questions before and then the results."

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the Budget Committee, said Sunday that Republicans have till date failed to offer an alternative to 'Obamacare.'

Appearing on ABC's This Week, Van Hollen discussed the problems in the health care system that the law seeks to address. "Our Republican friends said," he added, "when they voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act ... they were going to come up with a proposal to address all these other issues. As we gather here today, they haven't done that."

Various Republicans have indicated support for a deregulated market-based insurance system, but the party has not fleshed out a replacement plan.