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

Rep. Keith Ellison, the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, on Friday backed President Barack Obama's latest military action in Iraq.

The Minnesota Democrat cautioned that he's "wary of mission creep" and insisted the military intervention be "limited." His statement is nevertheless a sign that the liberal wing of the Democratic party, which led the charge in bringing the Iraq war to an end, is standing behind Obama for now.

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A Republican party official in Kansas said early July that "offending Muslims is the duty of any civilized person" and added: "Especially with a .45," according to the Kansas City Star.

The paper reported that the vice chairman of the Kansas GOP's 3rd Congressional District Committee, Gavin Ellzey, posted the comment to Twitter. He deleted it after receiving calls, saying he wasn't trying to offend anyone, wouldn't shoot anyone and doesn't even own a gun, per the Star.

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When a young undocumented immigrant marched up to conservative firebrand Rep. Steve King in Iowa and introduced herself as a Dreamer, Sen. Rand Paul put down his burger after taking one bite and literally fled the scene.

The awkward move — which lit up social media, made headlines and inspired gifs of his swift escape — represents the Kentucky Republican's consciousness of the power of immigration as a national issue as he lays the groundwork for a 2016 presidential run with staff hires and trips to key primary states.

The freshman senator is walking a very fine line between seeking not to alienate the country's fastest growing demographic, Hispanics, and keeping faith with the immigration-weary Republican base. He has been all over the map, from saying he's "for immigration reform" to voting against the Senate-passed bill in 2013 to voicing "sympathy" for Dreamers to supporting a potential path to citizenship while saying he doesn't actually support a "path to citizenship."

But that sort of obfuscation is normal for presidential candidates.

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