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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.

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House Republicans officially gave Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) their seal of approval on Wednesday to sue President Barack Obama, marking the first time in U.S. history that a chamber of Congress has endorsed a lawsuit against a president.

The House adopted the resolution by a vote of 225-201. Five Republicans joined a unanimous Democratic conference to vote against the measure. They were Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY), Walter Jones (R-NC), Paul Broun (R-GA), Steve Stockman (R-TX) and Scott Garrett (R-NJ).

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The White House formally threatened to veto House Republicans' border funding supplemental for the child migrant crisis, saying it "could make the situation worse, not better."

The proposal includes $659 million in new funds to speedily process the estimated 57,000 undocumented minors apprehended at the border in recent months. It also makes numerous changes to immigration laws which the White House said would "undercut due process for vulnerable children" and potentially threaten their lives.

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Senate Democrats' emergency funding bill for the humanitarian crisis at the southern border cleared an initial procedural hurdle on Wednesday.

The chamber voted 66-33 to begin debate on the legislation, achieving the 60 needed to break a filibuster and move the bill forward.

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House Budget Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Wednesday blamed President Barack Obama for the recent discussions about House Republicans potentially impeaching him.

"I see this sort of a ridiculous game by the president and his political team to try and change the narrative, raise money and turn out their base for an upcoming election that they feel is not going to go their way," Ryan told reporters at a Washington breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. "And I'll just leave it at that."

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In a bit of political gamesmanship, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid floated the idea of using the House GOP's border supplemental bill as a vehicle to enact comprehensive immigration reform.

"Well, if they pass that, maybe it's an opening for us to have a conference on our comprehensive immigration reform bill. They're finally sending us something on immigration; maybe we could do that," the Nevada Democrat told reporters on Tuesday.

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The White House fired back at Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday after the Republican told reporters that talk of impeachment is a "scam" by Democrats to raise money and gin up their base.

"Well if that's the case then I suspect that there may be members of the Republican conference that didn't receive the memo," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at his daily briefing, proceeding to rattle off a list of Republicans who have floated impeachment.

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President Barack Obama's promised executive actions on immigration are shaping up to put Speaker John Boehner in a bind between the passions of his conservative base and the GOP's long-term viability as a national party.

Some staunch conservatives are hopping mad and already floating impeachment over it — but could that actually spur House GOP leaders to do it?

The White House insists it might. Democrats are giddily fundraising off the notion of imminent impeachment, which Boehner calls a "scam," repeating that the House has no plans to go down that road. But the question political scientists and strategists are mulling is whether Obama's executive move, which is expected to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, could actually inflame the GOP base enough to push Boehner down that path.

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