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Daniel Strauss

Daniel Strauss is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He was previously a breaking news reporter for The Hill newspaper and has written for Politico, Roll Call, The American Prospect, and Gaper's Block. He has also interned at Democracy: A Journal of Ideas and The New Yorker. Daniel grew up in Chicago and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in History. At Michigan he helped edit Consider, a weekly opinion magazine. He can be reached at daniel@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is calling on Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) to drop her affiliation with the think tank Third Way.

Schwartz, who is currently running for governor, serves as an honorary co-chair of the think tank. The call, made by PCCC co-founder Adam Green in an email to supporters on Wednesday, is the latest shot in a recently in an escalating feud between Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Third Way.

"Can you call Allyson Schwartz today and tell her to drop her affiliation with Third Way immediately?" Green writes in the email to supporters.

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A new super PAC seeks to bolster moderate Republicans in a number of House and Senate races where ultra-conservative groups are threatening to snap up Republican nominations.

The Defending Main Street PAC could target up to ten races including in Illinois, Maine, Michigan and West Virginia in the 2014 primary election cycle, setting itself up to fight far-right counterparts like the Club for Growth and the Senate Conservatives Fund.

"We're getting a lot of calls to not only defend but go in and defend a lot of center right candidates against a couple of incumbents in Michigan," former Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH), who helped found the group, told TPM. "We haven't made that decision yet because I have to sort out in my own head because the name of the thing is Defending Main Street and I'm basically criticizing people for sticking their nose in Republican primaries."

So far the PAC, which is associated with the 19-year old Republican Main Street Partnership has already committed to defending Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) against tea party challenger Bryan Smith.

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House Democrats' campaign arm plans to hit roughly 60 Republicans on Obamacare as part of the Obama administration's pushback against criticism by opponents of the healthcare law. 

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is blasting out statements to supporters targeting five dozen House Republicans who have criticized the Affordable Care Act. The statements tout the benefits from the Affordable Care Act and link House Republicans criticism of the law and the website to opposition other aspects of the healthcare law, like immunizations for children and cancer screenings. 

The move comes as the Obama administration has launched a campaign to move the national conversation away from criticism resulting from problems with Healthcare.gov and call more attention to positive aspects of the law. The DCCC targeting House Republicans comes a day after the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid released a report saying 1.5 million Americans had enrolled in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program since the Affordable Care Act marketplaces went live at the beginning of October. 

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Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) is considering whether to run for governor in 2015. 

According to an Associated Press report on Tuesday, Vitter said he will decide by January whether he plans to run for governor or not. 

"This is the logical time to do it, if I'm ever going to do it," Vitter told the AP. "There are strong arguments in either direction, but the general question in my mind is where I think I can make the most positive contribution." 

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The campaign manager for former Gov. Charlie Crist's (D) gubernatorial campaign has quit.

Bill Hyers, who was hired to run Crist's campaign against Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), has quit the former governor's campaign, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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A couple weeks ago, a political reporter in Arizona received an interesting phone call. It was a survey, among other things, about a hypothetical initiative to put mandatory background checks for gun sales on the 2014 state ballot.

The reporter worked for the Arizona News Service, a news outlet the publishes a political tip sheet called the Yellow Sheet Report. The survey soon became an item in it.

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