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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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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The New Hampshire Republican Party has banned the pro-Democratic super PAC American Bridge after it accidentally had a tracker taping Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) at a memorial service over the weekend.

The New Hampshire GOP announced Monday that the super PAC was banned "from all party events" going forward. The memorial event was for New Hampshire politician Ray Burton who died in November.

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A Republican super PAC has launched an online ad campaign to draft former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) to run for Senate in New Hampshire.

The Ending Spending Action Fund, a super PAC supported by billionaire Joe Ricketts, has launched an ad campaign to get Brown to run for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's (D-NH) Seat in New Hampshire. The ad campaign is one of the latest examples of Republicans calling on Brown to run for Senate. Brown himself has suggested openness to running for Senate and is scheduled to speak at a New Hampshire GOP event on Thursday.

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House Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) comments criticizing outside tea party groups were "a little bit unfortunate," Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) said Monday. 

Hensarling, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and former chairman of the Republican Study Committee, was referring to Boehner lashing out at conservative groups for their opposition to the two-year budget deal introduced by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (R-WA) and her House counterpart, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). 

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North Carolina Senate candidate Greg Brannon (R) cosponsored and delivered a speech at an event sponsored by the secessionist League of the South.

According to a new Mother Jones report on Monday, Brannon, who is running in the GOP primary to defeat Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), spoke at rally which supported nullification (the argument that states are able to invalidate federal laws) in October. 

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A Nebraska Senate candidate who has received support from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) refused to say whether he backs the top Senate Republican. 

The candidate, state treasurer Shane Osborn (R), was asked multiple times in a radio interview for KLIN Osborn whether he supported McConnell as Senate Republican leader. Osborn did not directly answer the questions and instead said that the top Senate Republican has a "tough job" according to National Review

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said Friday that Congress's conversation on passing new gun control laws is "not over."

Reid's comments came a day before the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn., which resulted in 20 children and six school staffers being killed.

"Last December I promised the families a meaningful conversation about how to change America's culture of violence," Reid said in a floor speech, according to The Hill. "I want everyone within the sound of my voice to know that the conversation is not over."

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