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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

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal circulated the outlines of his ambitious new health care plan to reporters in Washington on Wednesday, insisting that Republicans "can't be the party of no; we have to be the party of ideas."

The blueprint repeals Obamacare and proposes to replace it with popular conservative ideas like health care tax breaks for individuals, letting people buy insurance across state lines, health savings accounts, tort reform, partially privatizing Medicare, and turning Medicaid over to the states.

It's mostly vague. But where Jindal -- a second-term governor with 2016 presidential ambitions -- does get specific, the fatal flaws with his plan emerge.

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Conservative Supreme Court justices handed down another landmark 5-4 ruling Wednesday to wipe out overall campaign contribution limits by an individual to candidates and political committees, bringing the ire of the liberal wing.

"Where enough money calls the tune, the general public will not be heard," Justice Stephen Breyer wrote, in a dissenting opinion signed by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

The blistering dissent went after the controlling opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts as "wrong," "faulty" and premised on a misreading of the facts and constitutional importance of the laws.

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Democrats facing reelection in conservative states have largely steered clear of the announcement Tuesday that Obamacare crossed the milestone of 7 million sign-ups, which was celebrated by liberals.

But an afternoon statement to TPM from Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) offers a peak into their careful attempts to simultaneously address the law's unpopularity with constituents and defend their decision to stand by it -- and fix problems that arise.

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