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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Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) said at a press conference on Tuesday she expects the tea party wing of the Republican Party to to get blamed for the government shutdown.

Landrieu specifically cited Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who along with Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has been the single biggest cheerleader in urging Republicans to go to risk a government shutdown to push Democrats to vote to defund the Obama administration's health care law. The senator from Louisiana was asked how she expected the shutdown to affect the Senate race for her seat. She is running for re-election against Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA).

"Well it's not about being happy for my race," Landrieu told TPM on Tuesday. "But I don't think the whole Republican party is going to be blamed, I think the tea party is going to take it on the chin and frankly if Cruz is their representative, they deserve it."

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A trio of same-sex couples are suing West Virginia in order to strike down the state's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional.

The lawsuit was announced by Fairness West Virginia and Lambda Legal on Tuesday morning, according to Buzzfeed.

"Jane and I have been together for 16 years," Nancy Michael, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, said referring to her partner, Jane Fenton. "We live and work together, and we are raising our son, Drew, together. We have done everything we can to protect and take responsibility for our family but we worry all the time that it isn't' enough. We need the protection that marriage affords."

You can read the complaint here

The lawsuit is the latest example of a host of lawsuits filed against states since the Supreme Court ruled that a federal ban on recognizing same-sex couples was unconstitutional. In Illinois, a week earlier, a county judge ruled that a lawsuit against the state's marriage ban there could move forward.

The federal shutdown is hitting the political fundraising world as well.

As the shutdown loomed closer, fundraisers held conference calls to consider whether to reschedule or cancel fundraising events, according to Politico.

On Monday, National Republican Congressional Committee Deputy Political Action Committee Director Krista Madaio postponed a fundraising reception with staff and members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Politico also reported that Republican fundraisers are also were forced to reconsider events scheduled for Monday in light of the shutdown as it became increasingly clear that Congress would not pass a continuing resolution.

But as of Monday, when Politico ran its story, it was not clear whether the Democratic and Republican campaign committees in the House and Senate would have a similar response to the shutdown.

Democratic Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Israel (D-NY) said that he had not been thinking beyond midnight on Monday concerning when to advise lawmakers on advising them when and how they should fundraise. 

Updated: October 1, 2013, 12:13 AM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in no uncertain terms said Senate Democrats would not go to a conference committee with House Republicans unless they send a clean continuing resolution to the Senate.

"We will not go to conference with a gun to our head," Reid said late Monday night on the Senate floor. "The first thing the House has to do is pass a clean six-week C.R. They have that before them they can do that right now."

Earlier in the evening the House Rules Committee began meeting to discuss a rule that would let House Republicans request a conference committee with the Senate to negotiate a government funding bill. That move came with little more than an hour hour left before the deadline to prevent a government shutdown.

Reid reiterated in his floor remarks that the only way for Republicans to work with Democrats was if they passed a clean continuing resolution.

"We will not go to conference until we get a clean CR," Reid said, reiterating the Democrats' line to demand a bill that would continue to fund the government at current levels.

After Reid, Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), Reid's lieutenants in the chamber, came to the floor to echo Reid's message.

UPDATE 12:13 p.m. ET:

Shortly after midnight Reid announced that the Senate would adjourn until 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday. 

A federal judge has rejected Attorney General Eric Holder's request to end a lawsuit by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee which argues that President Barack Obama used his executive powers to stop certain documents from being released to Congress concerning the Operation Fast and Furious scandal.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson denied Holder's request to dismiss the case on Monday, according to Politico.

"Dismissing the case without hearing it would in effect place the court’s finger on the scale, designating the executive as the victor based solely on his untested assertion that the privilege applies," Jackson wrote in her opinion.

The request was made after the Justice Department did not follow subpoenas from the House of Representatives to turn over information about Operation Fast and Furious, an operation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, aimed at gun trafficking. The oversight investigation claims that the operation allowed as many as 2,000 guns fell into the hands of "narcotraffickers," according to Politico.

Twelve Republicans broke ranks with their House colleagues and voted against the House's latest continuing resolution proposal.

The twelve Republicans were Reps. Phil Gingrey (GA), Peter King (NY), Thomas Massie (KY), Paul Broun (GA.), Jo Barton (TX), Mike Rogers (AL), Louie Gohmert (TX), Kay Granger (TX), Charlie Dent (PA), Mario Diaz Balart (FL), Steve King (IA), and Michele Bachmann (MN).

The House still passed the continuing resolution, 228 to 201.

Nine Democrats broke with their party on the bill and voted for it: Ron Barber (AZ), John Barrow (GA), Steven Horsford (NV), Dan Maffei (NY), Sean Maloney (NY), Jim Matheson (UT), Mike McIntyre (NC), Raul Ruiz (CA), and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ).

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) carries quotes of former Republican leaders in his pocket of how long Republicans have opposed health care reform, dating all the way back to Medicare.

Reid tweeted out the picture on Monday, as the House is poised to vote on a continuing resolution that will fund the government only if a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act is also implemented. 

President Barack Obama will deliver a statement in the Brady Press Briefing Room Monday afternoon at 4:45pm ET.

Obama's statement is likely a response to the latest developments in the ongoing congressional fight over passing legislation that would continue to fund the government. Earlier in the day the Senate rejected a House Republicans amendment to a government bill in a vote of 54 to 46.

Senate Democrats strongly criticized congressional Republicans for refusing to agree to a government funding bill with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) saying Democrats are dealing with "anarchists" who "hate the government." 

"Understand we're dealing with anarchists," Reid said Monday. "They hate government."

Reid said Democrats would do "everything in their power" to help federal employees and pass a "clean" CR, which would continue current government spending levels. 

"We are not going to do anything other than wait for them to pass our CR because otherwise government's going to shutdown. 

Reid was speaking at a press conference on Monday shortly after his chamber rejected the House's government funding proposal. The majority leader was flanked by Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Patty Murray (D-WA). 

Schumer said Republicans weren't actually compromising like they said when they were offering to pass a continuing resolution that defunds Obamacare instead of delaying it. 

"That's like saying 'we're compromising, instead of cutting both your arms off, we're cutting just one of your arms off. Aren't we great?! '" Schumer said.

"Never before, never before in our history has one party threatened a government shutdown if they don't get a hundred percent of what they want on an issue totally unrelated to the budget," Schumer said.  "Rather than doing the right thing and abandoning the hard right, Speaker Boehner is holding out the forlorn hope that by sending us new demands day in and day out Democrats will capitulate. He's wrong, and we won't."

Schumer said if Democrats concede to Republicans "an inch on the CR, they'll take a mile on the debt ceiling." 

"The hard right will say 'see! they gave in!' And they'll do the same thing on the full-length CR in September," Schumer said. "We won't be extorted now, we won't be extorted two weeks from now, we won't be extorted in December." 

The Justice Department formally announced its plans to sue North Carolina over the state's new controversial package of voter identification law on Monday. North Carolina joins Texas as states where the Justice Department is testing the limits of its power to prevent voter discrimination since the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in June.

Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice argue that four provisions of North Carolina's new voter ID law are aimed at keeping minorities from voting. The Justice Department complaint, which will be filed in North Carolina's Middle District, contends that the law denies the right to vote based on "race, color, or membership in a language minority group."

"The North Carolina law includes troubling new restrictions such as provisions that will reduce early voting days, eliminate same-day registration during early voting, and pose a restrictive photo identification requirement for in-person voting and also prohibit the counting of otherwise legitimate provisional ballots that are mistakenly cast in the right county but in the wrong precinct," Holder said at a press conference Monday.

"The Justice Department expects to show that the clear and intended effects of these changes would contract the electorate and result in the unequal access to the participation in the political process on account of race," Holder said.

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