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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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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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The House of Representatives must keep "standing strong" in its fight to defund Obamacare, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Friday during a speech at the Values Voter Summit.

"Listen, in my view nobody knows what the House of Representatives is going to do in this Obamacare fight right now," Cruz said. "In my view it's to keep doing what it's been doing which is standing strong. And that is the model for every other fight. We need no other Washington solutions we need to go back to the American people."

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No other presidential administration has been like the Obama administration on guns, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Friday.

"No administration is the history of this country has ever come after guns like this administration," Cruz said during a speech at the Values Voter Summit on Friday.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) said he is unapologetic about efforts by himself and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to defund Obamacare as part of negotiations to fund the federal government. 

Speaking Friday at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, Lee, who helped spearhead a GOP effort to only fund the government if Obamacare is defunded, said he and Cruz, who quickly became the standard bearer of the movement, did not regret making the push. 

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