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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President Barack Obama on Thursday refused to speculate which Democratic colleague, Vice President Joe Biden or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, would make a better candidate in 2016.

Asked to compare and contrast the two in an interview that aired Thursday night with MSNBC Hardball's Chris Matthews, Obama said "not a chance am I goin' there."

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Eventually healthcare.gov will be fixed but Obamacare will still be a flawed law, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) argued Thursday.

"It's still a disaster. But eventually they're gonna get it right. I mean it was a demonstration of manifest incompetence, but eventually they'll get the website right," Cruz said during a speech at an American Legislative Exchange Council event.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said the reason Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) used the so-called nuclear option to change filibuster rules for executive branch and judicial nominees was to distract from Obamacare and pack a key circuit court.

"The nuclear option was a blatant abuse of power. It was designed really to do two things. Number one, to change the topic from Obamacare," Cruz said Thursday during a speech at an American Legislative Exchange Council event.

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The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is urging a trio of Democratic House members to cut ties with the Third Way think tank.

The PCCC asked its supporters in the congressional districts of Reps. Jared Polis (CO), Joe Crowley (NY) and Jim Clyburn (SC) to call their representatives and "demand they end their affiliation with Third Way."

The call, made by PCCC in an email on Thursday, follows PCCC  urging Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) to step down as an honorary co-chairwoman at Third Way after the think tank's president and senior vice president for policy wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal strongly criticizing the economic populism of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio (D).

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A member of Sen. Mike Enzi's (R-WY) 2014 campaign re-election finance team was convicted of securities fraud in 1997.

Enzi named Ed Cheramy, a former communications executive, as a member of his finance team. Cheramy, according to the Casper Star-Tribune on Thursday, was involved in a 1994 scheme "to inflate" the first quarter earnings of IDB Communications Group. Cheramy served as the president of IDB Communications Group. Cheramy and two partners were trying to inflate IDB's earnings in its first quarter report from $9 million to $15 million.

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The think tank Third Way said it agrees with Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-MA) call for major banks to disclose donations to think tanks.

"Our response is that we agree that all public companies should disclose who they give money to —not sure why she's singling out these six but everybody should disclose in the interest of fairness to these shareholders. So we agree with her," Third Way co-founder Matt Bennett told TPM on Wednesday.

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