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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.

Articles by Sahil

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court gave its blessing to local governments that want to open their public meetings with religious prayer.

It was a victory for the town board of Greece, N.Y., which stressed that it was fighting not just for Christian prayer but for the right of all people express their views regardless of their faith. In a 5-4 ruling along ideological lines, the Court ruled against the Jewish and atheist plaintiffs, who argued that the practice violated the establishment clause of the First Amendment.

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Among Republicans, immigration has eclipsed health care, the dysfunctional government and the economy as the No. 1 problem ailing the United States, according to the latest Gallup poll.

Twenty-two percent of Republicans or Republican-leaners name immigration as the country's top problem; 20 percent named the dysfunctional government, 17 percent named the economy and 9 percent named health care.

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If President Obama can giveth, a future president can taketh away.

In its ongoing tug-of-war with religious conservatives, the Obama administration rolled out a new rule on Friday to ensure cost-free access to birth control for women who lose it due to the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling. The new rule requires insurance companies to pay for the full cost of contraceptives that an employer legally opts out of covering.

But even before the battles began, the original rule requiring coverage of 20 types of contraceptives, under Obamacare, was made on an administrative level, at the discretion of the president. That means a future president could reverse it by overcoming modest hurdles, should he or she choose to, legal experts say.

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