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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

WASHINGTON — The latest Obamacare repeal vote on Tuesday marked the first time any House Republicans have ever voted against eliminating the law.

The three Republicans who defected in the 239-286 vote were Illinois Rep. Robert Dold, New York Rep. John Katko and Maine Rep. Bruce Poliquin.

They have something in common: all are freshman members from blue states who represent districts that President Barack Obama won handily in 2012.

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The Republican-led House voted yet again to repeal Obamacare on Tuesday, the latest in more than 50 votes since the law was passed in 2010 to wipe out or dismantle President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement.

The legislation passed by a vote of 239-186. Democrats unanimously voted against it, joined by three Republicans: Reps. Robert Dold (IL), John Katko (NY) and Bruce Poliquin (ME).

It may seem like business as usual, but this time the consequences are greater.

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Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) weighed in on the vaccination debate Tuesday.

"I don't know that we need another law, but I do believe all children ought to be vaccinated," he told reporters.

Despite an absence of scientific evidence, some Republican presidential hopefuls — including Gov. Chris Christie (NJ) and Sen. Rand Paul (KY) — have given some credence to the notion of a link between vaccines and autism.

Divisions among Senate Republicans have burst a trial balloon floated in recent days by two top lieutenants of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to eliminate the 60-vote rule for confirming Supreme Court nominees.

That doesn't mean the idea is dead — it's just on the shelf, ready to make a comeback when the situation calls for it. The most likely situation? A perfect storm of a White House and Senate controlled by the same party with a Senate minority threatening to filibuster a Supreme Court nominee. It's not a hard scenario to imagine, especially for Republicans optimistic about their prospects of recapturing the White House in 2016.

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Senate Democrats are threatening to filibuster Republican-led legislation to keep the Department of Homeland Security funded because it overturns President Barack Obama's immigration actions, and a divided GOP hasn't yet settled on a fallback plan to avoid a partial government shutdown at the end of February.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that the Senate will hold a procedural vote Tuesday to advance a House-passed bill to fund DHS and reverse Obama's executive moves to shield millions of unlawful immigrants, including those brought to the U.S. as children, from the threat of deportation.

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Obama Prepares For DHS Shutdown

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama convened a meeting with key administration officials on Friday…