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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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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Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA) shot back on Monday at conservative activist Larry Klayman, who this weekend called for a nonviolent uprising to unseat President Barack Obama.

"I repudiate it," Rigell said in an interview with CNN. "It doesn't reflect my own personal values."

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The Republican National Committee announced Monday it was releasing a set of robocalls urging top Democrats and three senators up for reelection in 2014 to take up a House-passed veterans' benefits bill. 

The robocalls urge constituents of Democratic National Committeewoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Sens. Mark Begich (D-AK), Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) to contact their senators and "demand" that they "stop playing politics and stand up for veterans who deserve their benefits." The robocalls come after the House-passed a bill meant to ensure veterans continue to receive benefits during the shutdown.  

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The vice president of the Family Research Council said that Christians in America are asleep and not engaged in the ongoing culture war.

"The majority of the Christians in America today are dead, asleep,” Family Research Council Jerry Boykin said according to Right Wing Watch. "They are not involved in what’s going on in our culture. They’re not engaged in this culture war. They are not putting their faith into action."

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For attendees at the conservative Values Voter Summit, the defund Obamacare effort at the center of the government shutdown helped reinvigorate conservative opposition to Obamacare, even if Democrats are thus far standing firm against efforts to chip away at the law.

"Well I don't look at this as a last stand or a last chance because I think Obamacare is going to become unraveled, to a certain degree, maybe not totally," furloughed defense contractor and conference attendee Mike Osinik told TPM. "But parts of it will be changed and will be de-scoped to a certain extent. And I think anybody, whether they're on the left or the right, who are standing for their principles fully support that."

Attendees said they did not expect Obamacare to be repealed entirely but the energy brought by conservative lawmakers pushing to fully repeal it helped supporters know the fight would continue.

De-facto leader of the defund-Obamacare movement that led to the government shutdown, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), delivered a fiery speech at the opening of the convention. "I'm going to suggest a model for how we turn this country around in the next couple of years," Cruz said. "And it is the model that we have been following together for the last couple of months, to stop that train wreck, that disaster, that nightmare that is Obamacare."

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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) described Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) as a guy that supported al Qaeda.

Gohmert's description came Friday during a panel discussion of Republican lawmakers at the Values Voter Summit. Gohmert mentioned McCain as he discussed the government shutdown.

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