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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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) expects House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to keep his speakership after the government shutdown crisis ends.  

"Sure, sure," Pelosi said in response to MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday asking whether he would retain his speakership. "John Boehner is a decent fellow. He has done the right thing at long last, by having this come up on the floor of the house. We've had moments where we've depended on the republicans to do something."

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Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) blamed Heritage Action for America, the political arm of the Heritage Foundation, for helping to kill a possible debt ceiling deal increase deal in the House of Representatives. 

Isakson, speaking to conservative radio hosts Tim Bryant and Martha Zoller, was asked about a debt ceiling deal in the House that fell apart Wednesday night. The audio was caught by Georgia Tipsheet's James Richardson.  

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The head of the Heritage Foundation's political arm said that Republicans understand they won't be able to repeal Obamacare until at least 2017. 

In an interview with Fox News, CEO of Heritage Action for America Michael Needham was asked what conservatives could do to fully remove the law with Democrats controlling both the Senate and the White House. 

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The most recent fundraising numbers for the Wyoming Senate race are a bit surprising: Sen. Mike Enzi's (R-WY) primary challenger, Republican Liz Cheney, out-fundraised the incumbent senator.

Cheney announced Tuesday that her campaign raised $1 million in the most recent quarter while Enzi's campaign fell a little short, raising about $850,000 over the same period.

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The joint fundraising committee for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) reported doubling its fundraising in the third quarter compared to the previous quarter.

The Ted Cruz Victory Committee reported raising $797,450 from the beginning of July to the end of September. That's roughly double the committee raised compared to from the beginning of April to the end of June when it reported raising $410,030, according to financial disclosure reports. The committee is a joint fundraising committee of his re-election committee, Ted Cruz for Senate, and his leadership PAC, The Jobs Growth and Freedom Fund.

The joint fundraising committee reported having $378,696 cash on hand.

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The Senate Conservatives Fund sent out a new email on Tuesday that hit Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for working to try and prevent a default before the country reaches the deadline to raise the debt limit.

In the email, titled "Leading The Surrender," Senate Conservatives Fund Executive Director Matt Hoskins wrote that McConnell "has made winning virtually impossible" for conservatives interested in defunding Obamacare.

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Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (D) on Tuesday pleaded guilty to three criminal charges based on sexual harassment allegations. 

Filner pleaded guilty to San Diego Superior Court presiding Judge Robert Trentacosta on charges of "false imprisonment by violence, fraud, menace and deceit" as well as a pair of misdemeanor charges of battery, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Tuesday. 

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Colorado state Sen. Evie Hudak is skeptical.

Despite all the attention being paid to her votes for gun control earlier this year, the Democrat told TPM recently she believes the latest conservative effort to remove her from office is about something else: control of the Colorado Senate.

"I just really think its purpose is to grab the power by the Republicans," Hudak said in an interview by phone last week. "They didn't win enough elections to be the majority and so I guess they feel the need to waste our taxpayer dollars on these recalls but I don't think this is the way our government should function and it's not how we've done business in Colorado."

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