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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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Updated: November 26, 2013, 5:45 PM.

State Sen. Mark Obenshain (R) will request a recount in the Virginia attorney general race on Wednesday.

Obenshain's campaign released an advisory Tuesday afternoon that the state senator would formally request a recount the next day.

Lawyers with Obenshain's campaign plan to hold a conference call Wednesday morning to discuss the process for a recount.

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A blogger for Redstate.com argued that Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) has surrendered on Obamacare after the Republican congressman and Senate candidate said that it would not be "responsible" to let the Affordable Care Act collapse entirely.

"Sadly, the recent comments by Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) suggesting that we should help fix the law serve as a vivid illustration of why we failed the battle to defund the law," wrote Redstate.com blogger Daniel Horowitz, who also serves as the policy director for the conservative Madison Project, in a blog post titled "Jack Kingston has Surrendered on Obamacare" on Tuesday.

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) attacked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell after his campaign claimed in a recent interview that he supported fair pay for women, even though the Kentucky Republican had voted four times against major bills that seek to fix gender pay disparities.

McConnell campaign spokesman Allison More said in a Friday interview with the Associated Press that "as the father of three daughters, fair pay for women is more than a talking point for Sen. McConnell. It's something he's worked to achieve his entire career by setting an example for others and promoting thoughtful policies to ensure talent and overcome bias."

Grimes' campaign was quick to point out that McConnell voted twice against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and also voted twice against the Paycheck Fairness Act, laws meant to help women facing pay discrimination in the workplace. McConnell's campaign has also highlighted his support for the Violence Against Women Act even though he's consistently voted against legislation meant to reduce domestic violence.

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Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) suggested that it isn't totally "responsible" for Republicans to let Obamacare fail.

Speaking to a local radio station on Monday, Kingston, who's running in the Republican primary for retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss's (R-GA) seat, touted his "Small Business Fairness In ObamaCare Act" which exempts some small businesses from the part of Obamacare that requires employers to offer insurance to their employees.

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One of the Republicans running in the South Carolina primary for Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) said he is for self-deportation of immigrants who have entered the United States illegally. 

"I’m supportive of self-deportation," state Sen. Lee Bright (R-SC) said Thursday at a tea party event in South Carolina. "And if they don’t want to leave, if they break the law, I’m for taking them out and sending them back to wherever they came from because basically they need to observe our laws. So if they break the law I’m in favor of us deporting. If it comes down to a situation, I’m for self-deportation. I don’t believe in rewarding people for breaking the law."

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Wyoming Republican Senate candidate Liz Cheney released a new ad Monday highlighting her family's history in the state.

The ad, titled "Daughters," features Cheney's three daughters recounting the Cheney family's "deep roots" in Wyoming starting when Cheney's ancestors first came to the state in 1852. They also mention that former Vice President Dick Cheney hails from the state, where he was a representative in Congress.

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State Sen. Mark Obenshain (R) will consider whether to call for a recount in the Virginia attorney general race over the next few days, the Obenshain campaign said Monday.

The Obenshain campaign's statement came shortly after the Virginia Board of Elections certified the election results which showed state Sen. Mark Herring (D) barely winning the race by just 165 votes, well within the margin required for Obenshain to call for a recount.

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The Virginia State Board of Elections certified state Sen. Mark Herring (D) as the winner of the Virginia attorney general race on Monday.

The board confirmed that Herring won by a slim 165-vote margin, beating Sen. Mark Obenshain, the Republican candidate in the race.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) "lit into" Midland University President and Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse in a private sit-down meeting for associating himself with the Senate Conservatives Fund, according to a report in National Review on Monday.

Sasse, who is running in the Republican primary for Senate, sat down with McConnell on November 12 to try and extinguish some tension between the two over his association with SCF and also a YouTube video Sasse posted in which he said that called for "every Republican in Washington, starting with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, to show some actual leadership." SCF has endorsed Sasse in the Republican primary for retiring Sen. Mike Johanns's (R-NE) Senate seat.

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