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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.

Articles by Daniel

Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) announced Tuesday that he would not run for reelection in 2014.

Matheson made the announcement on his Facebook page. His decision creates a big pickup opportunity for the GOP as the Utah congressman's district leans heavily Republican. In 2012 Matheson narrowly beat Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love ( R) to keep the seat. In 2013 Love announced that she would run for Matheson's seat again.

Read Matheson's statement below:

When I launched my first campaign in 1999, I knew that the arc of my public service would have many chapters. It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the people of Utah during my time in the United States House of Representatives, but my time in the House should not be the sum total of my service. Today, I am announcing that I will not seek reelection to the House of Representatives.

Public service has been integral to my life for as long as I can remember. I was raised to value the honor in public service and the responsibility of holding the public trust. My time in Congress has only strengthened these beliefs.

I take the role of representative seriously and intend to conclude this chapter of my service to our state in the same way I have always approached my job. You can count on me to work hard, to solve problems, to achieve progress and to put Utah first. While at the end of 2014 my tenure in the House of Representatives will come to an end, my duty to our state and our country will undoubtedly continue.

There are many people who have shared this incredible journey who have my respect and gratitude. I want to thank the people from every corner of our state who placed their trust in my stewardship. It has been a great honor to serve as your representative. I also want to thank my staff for their commitment, loyalty, and hard work. Finally, I want to thank my wife Amy and my sons Will and Harris for their love, support and shared belief in the importance of service.

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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) has decided not to run for reelection.

Wolf announced his decision on Tuesday. He has first elected in 1980 and, if he had run again, would have been seeking his 18th term in Congress.

Read Wolf's statement below:

I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. I thank my constituents for giving me the privilege of representing them in Congress for 34 years.

As a follower of Jesus, I am called to work for justice and reconciliation, and to be an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves. I plan to focus my future work on human rights and religious freedom – both domestic and international – as well as matters of the culture and the American family. My passion for these issues has been influenced by the examples of President Ronald Reagan, former Congressmen Jack Kemp and Tony Hall, Chuck Colson, and the life of 10th century Member of Parliament William Wilberforce.

I want to thank the many excellent former and current members of my staff who have helped me serve the people of the 10th District. I am also grateful to my wife, Carolyn, and my family, who have faithfully stood by me all these many years.

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Tea partiers have their knives out over the firing of the executive director of the Republican Study Committee.

"This is personal," For America chairman and conservative pundit Brent Bozell said according to Time magazine. "They are making it personal by attacking people by personally bersmirching their integrity. I'm just not going to stand for it. Paul Teller is a good man."

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced Tuesday that he does not support the Ryan-Murray budget deal.

"While I appreciate the challenges that House and Senate negotiators faced in crafting the budgetary guidelines, I cannot support the legislation they have agreed to," McConnell said in a statement. "The Budget Control Act (BCA) was designed to cut spending in the short and long term, and I remain convinced that Congress should continue to adhere to the fiscal restraints it set. For the first time since the Korean War, government spending has declined for two years in a row as a result of the BCA. This was hard-won progress on the road to getting our nation’s fiscal house in order. We should not go back on that commitment."

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is launching a new web ad campaign hitting Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare. 

The new web ad campaign, FacesOfRepeal includes a website, video and releases targeting 44 "competitive districts" attacking  them for trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act. 

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