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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Updated: October 17, 2013 2:04 pm

Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) jumped into the Senate race for Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) seat on Thursday and was immediately endorsed by two prominent conservative organizations.  

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Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes leads Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in a new poll. 

The Public Policy Polling survey, released a day after McConnell inked a deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to avert a debt default, shows Grimes leading McConnell 45 percent to 43 percent in the 2014 race.

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UPDATE: 11:56 a.m. ET

If there's one lesson Republicans say they learned from the government shutdown and debt ceiling negotiations it's that the only real way to fight Obamacare is to have greater control of Congress and a winning majority in the Senate.

"At the end of the day I think what we learned more than anything in this entire exercise is that if we truly want to repeal Obamacare we need more votes," Republican National Committee Communications Director Sean Spicer told TPM.

As the top party leaders in Congress solidified a deal to end the shutdown and prevent economic catastrophe some Republicans spent the last few hours of the impasse pointing fingers at each other. Some blamed outside groups like Heritage Action for America or the Senate Conservatives Fund. Others pointed toward the tea party. And still others explained the debacle as not going far enough to fight Obamacare in the final deal.

But beyond the finger-pointing, the substantive takeaway for campaign operatives is that a better approach would have been to pursue what was achievable given that Republicans control only one chamber of Congress. To do more, they say, they're going to need more conservative senators willing to go as far as Ted Cruz.

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Updated: October 18, 2013, 11:01 AM

A Republican candidate running for the New Jersey state Senate urged an group of gun rights activists earlier this month to get their guns if approached by his Democratic opponent.

The candidate, Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles, was discussing his Democratic opponent, state Sen. Jim Whelan, on Oct. 7 in front of the New Jersey Second Amendment Society.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is in a much stronger position now that Congress is poised to pass a deal that would re-open the federal government and prevent the nation from defaulting, accoding to Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC).

"One-hundred percent stronger," Mulvaney said Wednesday afternoon on CNN when asked about whether Boehner is in a stronger or weaker position now. Mulvaney noted that he and other "good conservatives" supported a bill House leaders sought to pass in the chamber on Tuesday that collapsed.  

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Republican Matt Bevin said Kentuckians were "sold out" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for negotiating a debt ceiling increase deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

Bevin, who is running against McConnell in the Republican Senate primary in Kentucky, released a statement bashing the top Senate Republican Wednesday afternoon after he and Reid cemented a deal to avert a debt default.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) expects House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to keep his speakership after the government shutdown crisis ends.  

"Sure, sure," Pelosi said in response to MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday asking whether he would retain his speakership. "John Boehner is a decent fellow. He has done the right thing at long last, by having this come up on the floor of the house. We've had moments where we've depended on the republicans to do something."

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Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) blamed Heritage Action for America, the political arm of the Heritage Foundation, for helping to kill a possible debt ceiling deal increase deal in the House of Representatives. 

Isakson, speaking to conservative radio hosts Tim Bryant and Martha Zoller, was asked about a debt ceiling deal in the House that fell apart Wednesday night. The audio was caught by Georgia Tipsheet's James Richardson.  

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Updated: 10:21 AM ET

The head of the Heritage Foundation's political arm said that Republicans understand they won't be able to repeal Obamacare until at least 2017. 

In an interview with Fox News, CEO of Heritage Action for America Michael Needham was asked what conservatives could do to fully remove the law with Democrats controlling both the Senate and the White House. 

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