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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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Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes refused three times to say if she voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 or 2012, pressed on it during an interview Thursday with the Louisville Courier-Journal editorial board.

"You know, this election isn't about the president," she said, calling herself a "Clinton Democrat" and adding that she was a delegate for Hillary Clinton in 2008.

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The Supreme Court put North Carolina's restrictive voting law back into effect on Wednesday.

The justices reversed a move last week by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to block provisions of the law — which scrapped same-day registration amid early voting periods and invalidated votes cast outside an assigned precinct — from taking effect. A divided appeals court panel had determined that the provisions would "adversely" affect African-American and minority voters.

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Republican senators are calling on House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to attach spending limits to an Obamacare program in a bill that must pass in the lame-duck session to keep the federal government open.

The strategy carries echoes of the 2013 government shutdown fight waged by the GOP over defunding Obamacare, although with smaller ambitions this time.

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On Wednesday afternoon, Justice Anthony Kennedy revised his order from hours earlier so as to declare that same-sex marriages can move forward in Nevada — but not in Idaho, at least for now.

The Supreme Court justice's original order put on hold a ruling on Tuesday by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which consolidated cases from Nevada and Idaho and struck down both states' gay marriage bans.

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A judge in South Carolina began to accept marriage applications from same-sex couples in Charleston County at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, sparking some confusion because the state's ban on gay marriage remains in effect.

Armeeda Collins, clerk for Charleston County Probate Judge Irvin G. Condon, told TPM that there's a mandatory 24-hour waiting period upon application for receiving a marriage license. But she said the court will move forward and grant licenses unless the Supreme Court steps in.

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