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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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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said the reason Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) used the so-called nuclear option to change filibuster rules for executive branch and judicial nominees was to distract from Obamacare and pack a key circuit court.

"The nuclear option was a blatant abuse of power. It was designed really to do two things. Number one, to change the topic from Obamacare," Cruz said Thursday during a speech at an American Legislative Exchange Council event.

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The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is urging a trio of Democratic House members to cut ties with the Third Way think tank.

The PCCC asked its supporters in the congressional districts of Reps. Jared Polis (CO), Joe Crowley (NY) and Jim Clyburn (SC) to call their representatives and "demand they end their affiliation with Third Way."

The call, made by PCCC in an email on Thursday, follows PCCC  urging Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) to step down as an honorary co-chairwoman at Third Way after the think tank's president and senior vice president for policy wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal strongly criticizing the economic populism of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio (D).

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A member of Sen. Mike Enzi's (R-WY) 2014 campaign re-election finance team was convicted of securities fraud in 1997.

Enzi named Ed Cheramy, a former communications executive, as a member of his finance team. Cheramy, according to the Casper Star-Tribune on Thursday, was involved in a 1994 scheme "to inflate" the first quarter earnings of IDB Communications Group. Cheramy served as the president of IDB Communications Group. Cheramy and two partners were trying to inflate IDB's earnings in its first quarter report from $9 million to $15 million.

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The think tank Third Way said it agrees with Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-MA) call for major banks to disclose donations to think tanks.

"Our response is that we agree that all public companies should disclose who they give money to —not sure why she's singling out these six but everybody should disclose in the interest of fairness to these shareholders. So we agree with her," Third Way co-founder Matt Bennett told TPM on Wednesday.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is calling on the CEOs of six of the nation's major banks to disclose donations to think tanks.

"I am writing to encourage you to voluntarily disclose financial contributions your institutions make to think tanks," Warren wrote in the letter. "In my view, policies by your institutions conceal those contributions from public view are wrong. Greater transparency will benefit your shareholders, policymakers, and, ultimately, the public. "

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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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