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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

House Democrats are resorting to a last-ditch option aimed at forcing Republican leaders to hold a vote on immigration reform, as prospects for an overhaul fade in the chamber.

On Wednesday, Democratic leaders will put forth a "discharge petition" -- a tool that would let them bypass Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and bring up a bill if they get 218 signatories, according to a senior Democratic aide.

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When the Supreme Court hears two landmark cases about birth control on Tuesday, few observers doubt that Justice Antonin Scalia's sympathies will be with the Christian business owners who charge that the mandate violates their religious liberties.

The Reagan-appointed jurist is a devout Catholic who has extolled "traditional Christian virtues" and insists the devil is "a real person." He even has a son who's a Catholic priest. He voted in 2012 to wipe out Obamacare in its entirety and has been President Barack Obama's most outspoken foe on the Supreme Court.

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Four years after Obamacare was enacted, and more than 50 House votes to undo it, Republicans remain dedicated to destroying the law. But they're still lost on what they'd put in its place if given the chance.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is leading the effort to craft a GOP alternative, and promised his members a vote in 2014. He faces a sea of obstacles to writing a health care bill with sufficient support in the House, and potentially a world of hurt if he follows through with his commitment.

"House Republicans will rally around and pass an alternative to Obamacare this year," Cantor told Republicans at their annual conference retreat in January.

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The Republican-led House will consider an updated budget resolution this year by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), according to a Friday memo to GOP lawmakers by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA).

He said it will adhere to spending levels agreed to under the two-year Ryan-Murray budget deal -- which means it'll set fiscal 2015 spending at $1.014 trillion -- and reach balance in a decade.

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Rush Limbaugh cautioned his throngs of listeners that President Barack Obama isn't going to be impeached, in part because he's the first black president.

"There isn't going to be any impeachment because there isn't any political will. Even if you had a slam dunk legal case for it, you're never going to succeed impeaching a president unless there's the political will for it," the conservative radio host said on Thursday. "That would require Obama's approval numbers in the 20s. And even then, I'm not so sure that the people of this country would ever support removing the first black president."

"I just -- it's never going to happen," he said.

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Americans For Prosperity is struggling to find a way to attack Obamacare that fits the facts.

The Koch-funded conservative activist group is spending millions of dollars on TV ads aimed at undermining the Affordable Care Act and unseating Democratic senators who voted for it in their 2014 reelection fights.

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