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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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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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Just after the Michigan state legislature passed a law banning private insurance companies to bundle abortion care coverage along with state-subsidized plans, the Democrat jockeying for the open seat vacated by Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) was quick to slam the law as bad for women while the Republican candidate has yet to make a statement.

Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI), the lead Democratic candidate in the race, was quick to slam Republicans in the state legislature for passing a new "rape insurance bill" into law.

"Our state is now one of only eight in the nation that will require women to pay more for their health care coverage and will ban insurance coverage for abortions even in the case of sexual assault," Peters said in a statement. "Not only does this law unfairly discriminate against women, it makes health care coverage more expensive so Michigan women and their families are going to find it a little harder to make ends meet to cover their insurance."

But so far, former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) has stayed quiet on the issue. She has refrained from releasing a public statement and her campaign did not return multiple requests for comment from TPM.

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State Sen. Mark Herring's (D) attorney general campaign said Monday that the Democrat had had a net gain of 20 votes in early results of the Virginia attorney general recount.

According to Herring campaign attorney Marc Elias, Herring had seen an increase of 55 votes while state Sen. Mark Obenshain (R) had gotten 35 new votes according to early results. According to the Herring campaign that brings the total from 165 to 185 votes in Herring's favor.

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In a new fundraising email, the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) said House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is targeting conservatives in the same way that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative organizations seeking tax-exempt status.

"What these leaders are doing to conservatives is no different from what the IRS got caught doing to them this summer," Senate Conservatives Fund executive director Matt Hoskins wrote in the email sent to supporters on Monday. "They're using their power to discriminate against people they see as a political threat."

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Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) has found a buyer for his home in Wrentham, Massachusetts and plans to move to New Hampshire, further fueling rumors that he plans to run for Senate in the state.

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