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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) and some of the tea party organizations that backed the government shutdown over Obamacare are capitalizing on division among Democrats after the rocky rollout of the new health care law.

They say that in light of problems with the rollout of Healthcare.gov and, on Thursday, President Barack Obama's announcement that his administration will offer flexibility to people who received cancellation notices because their insurance plan does not comply with the Affordable Care Act, that the push to only fund the government if Obamacare was defunded is looking increasingly like a good idea.

"The defunding fight doesn't look nearly as quixotic now, does it?" FreedomWorks Vice President for Public Policy Dean Clancy told TPM in an email on Thursday. "Given the law's disastrous problems, I wouldn't be surprised, if come next January, Congress revisits defunding in some form."

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Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) said President Barack Obama's new Obamacare fix allowing more flexibility to insurers is a "step in the right direction."

Hagan's statement on Thursday came shortly after Obama announced that his administration would offer a change to the Affordable Care Act allowing healthcare insurers new flexibility for renewing existing plans through 2014 that don't comply with Obamacare. In October, Hagan joined a set of Democrats calling for an extension of Obamacare's open enrollment period.

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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, argued in a statement Thursday that President Barack Obama's changes to the Affordable Care Act offering new flexibility to insurers are "straightforward and fair."

Wasserman Schultz released a statement shortly after Obama, at a press conference, announced that his administration would allow insurers new flexibility for renewing existing individual insurance plans that don't comply with Obamacare.

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Texas State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D) is announcing her candidacy as state Sen. Wendy Davis's (D) running mate on Thursday. 

Van de Putte will announce her candidacy for lieutenant governor on Thursday, according to multiple Texas news outlets. Democrats had long been hoping that Van de Putte, a Latina from the southern region of Texas, would run for lieutenant governor. 

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Senate candidate Liz Cheney released her first Senate campaign ad highlighting her family's connections to Wyoming.

The ad, named "Generations," features Cheney describing her family's history in Wyoming.

"Twenty years ago Phil and I were married here in Wyoming and today we're raising our kids here, on the same Wyoming values I grew up with," Cheney said in the ad, released late Wednesday. "My family first came here walking the Mormon trail. My great grandfather moved to the salt creek oil fields where he and my great grandmother raised five kids in a tent with wooden sides."

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The super PAC connected to the Senate Conservatives Fund released a new ad Thursday praising Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) as a strong conservative. 

The ad, named "Rightful Heirs," features footage of McDaniel at the Jones County courthouse in Ellisville, MS. McDaniel is clipped in the ad saying that "the national debt is the greatest moral crisis of this generation" and a voiceover describes the state senator as "bold" and "conservative."

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Nebraska Senate candidate and Tea Party favorite Ben Sasse seems to have changed his position on Medicare part D.

In a recent interview with Slate's Dave Weigel Sasse, the president of Midland University, said he had always been opposed to the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly referred to as Medicare Part D. Weigel asked about his stance on it when Sasse served assistant secretary of Health and Human Services in then President George W. Bush's administration.

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The lackluster Obamacare enrollment numbers show that Obamacare was built on lies, Republican National Commitee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement Wednesday.

Priebus's statement was released by the RNC shortly after the Obama administration reported that only 29,794 people had enrolled in the healthcare exchanges through Healthcare.gov in the first month.

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State Sen. Mark Obenshain (R) said it was still too soon to discuss requesting a recount in the Virginia attorney general race. 

Obenshain made the comments at a press conference on Wednesday, a day after Fairfax County election officials finished their review of provisional ballots which gave Obenshain's Demcratic opponent, state Sen. Mark Herring (D), a boost in the total vote count in the race. 

Specifically, Obenshain said it is "premature to talk about a potential recount until a review is done by the State Board of Elections."

The Virginia State Board of Elections is due to officially certify the results of the election by Nov. 25. Either candidate can request a recount after that as long as the margin is within 1 percent of the total vote count.

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Sen. Mark Pryor's (D-AR) re-election campaign is out with a new ad hitting Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) for supporting cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

The television ad was released by the Pryor campaign on Wednesday. In it, two narrators argue that Cotton has repeatedly voted against the interests of senior citizens by voting to cut Social Security and Medicare while Pryor has worked to "make Social Security and Medicare stronger."

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