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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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The super PAC connected to the Senate Conservatives Fund released a new ad Thursday praising Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) as a strong conservative. 

The ad, named "Rightful Heirs," features footage of McDaniel at the Jones County courthouse in Ellisville, MS. McDaniel is clipped in the ad saying that "the national debt is the greatest moral crisis of this generation" and a voiceover describes the state senator as "bold" and "conservative."

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Nebraska Senate candidate and Tea Party favorite Ben Sasse seems to have changed his position on Medicare part D.

In a recent interview with Slate's Dave Weigel Sasse, the president of Midland University, said he had always been opposed to the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly referred to as Medicare Part D. Weigel asked about his stance on it when Sasse served assistant secretary of Health and Human Services in then President George W. Bush's administration.

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The lackluster Obamacare enrollment numbers show that Obamacare was built on lies, Republican National Commitee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement Wednesday.

Priebus's statement was released by the RNC shortly after the Obama administration reported that only 29,794 people had enrolled in the healthcare exchanges through Healthcare.gov in the first month.

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State Sen. Mark Obenshain (R) said it was still too soon to discuss requesting a recount in the Virginia attorney general race. 

Obenshain made the comments at a press conference on Wednesday, a day after Fairfax County election officials finished their review of provisional ballots which gave Obenshain's Demcratic opponent, state Sen. Mark Herring (D), a boost in the total vote count in the race. 

Specifically, Obenshain said it is "premature to talk about a potential recount until a review is done by the State Board of Elections."

The Virginia State Board of Elections is due to officially certify the results of the election by Nov. 25. Either candidate can request a recount after that as long as the margin is within 1 percent of the total vote count.

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Sen. Mark Pryor's (D-AR) re-election campaign is out with a new ad hitting Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) for supporting cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

The television ad was released by the Pryor campaign on Wednesday. In it, two narrators argue that Cotton has repeatedly voted against the interests of senior citizens by voting to cut Social Security and Medicare while Pryor has worked to "make Social Security and Medicare stronger."

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The conservative candidate running against Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) voted as a Democrat in Mississippi's state primary in 2003, according to records obtained by the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi.

The newspaper reported that voting records from the Mississippi Secretary of State's office show that state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) voted in the Democratic primary in 2003. He seems to not have voted in high profile Republican elections including the 2008 presidential primary and 2008 congressional primary.

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The Arizona election official who once apologized for embarrassing the state because of his flirtation with birtherism announced Tuesday he'd be running for governor.

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R) jumped into the race for governor after more than a year of exploring the run.

Bennett, the state's top election official, made national headlines in May 2012 when he said he would consider keeping President Obama off the ballot unless the President proved he was a natural born citizen of the United States. The move came after birther conspiracy theorists had approached him alleging without any legitimate evidence that Obama's birth certificate was a fraud.

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The race for Sen. Kay Hagan's (D-NC) Senate seat has tightened and now the Democratic senator leads each of her Republican challengers by only a few percentage points, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday. 

The PPP poll found Hagan leading state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) 44 percent to 42 percent, a decline of 15 points from when PPP last polled the race in September. The new poll also found Hagan leading tea partier Greg Brannon 44 percent to 42 percent. Similarly, in a head-to-head matchup with announced Republican challenger Heather Grant, Hagan leads 43 percent to 40 percent. Finally, against Republican Rev. Mark Harris Hagan leads 43 percent to 41 percent. 

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