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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House Democrats' campaign arm plans to hit roughly 60 Republicans on Obamacare as part of the Obama administration's pushback against criticism by opponents of the healthcare law. 

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is blasting out statements to supporters targeting five dozen House Republicans who have criticized the Affordable Care Act. The statements tout the benefits from the Affordable Care Act and link House Republicans criticism of the law and the website to opposition other aspects of the healthcare law, like immunizations for children and cancer screenings. 

The move comes as the Obama administration has launched a campaign to move the national conversation away from criticism resulting from problems with Healthcare.gov and call more attention to positive aspects of the law. The DCCC targeting House Republicans comes a day after the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid released a report saying 1.5 million Americans had enrolled in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program since the Affordable Care Act marketplaces went live at the beginning of October. 

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Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) is considering whether to run for governor in 2015. 

According to an Associated Press report on Tuesday, Vitter said he will decide by January whether he plans to run for governor or not. 

"This is the logical time to do it, if I'm ever going to do it," Vitter told the AP. "There are strong arguments in either direction, but the general question in my mind is where I think I can make the most positive contribution." 

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The campaign manager for former Gov. Charlie Crist's (D) gubernatorial campaign has quit.

Bill Hyers, who was hired to run Crist's campaign against Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), has quit the former governor's campaign, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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A couple weeks ago, a political reporter in Arizona received an interesting phone call. It was a survey, among other things, about a hypothetical initiative to put mandatory background checks for gun sales on the 2014 state ballot.

The reporter worked for the Arizona News Service, a news outlet the publishes a political tip sheet called the Yellow Sheet Report. The survey soon became an item in it.

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Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) cited New Hampshire as a state where the Affordable Care Act is backfiring, in a new FoxNews.com op-ed.

Brown describes the implementation of Obamacare as an "implosion" he goes on to say that some of the best medical centers in the country are being blocked from engaging in Obamacare's exchanges:

For example, in New Hampshire, only 16 of the state’s 26 hospitals are available on the federal exchange, meaning patients must either pay more to keep their current doctor or seek inferior care elsewhere.

Neither is a good option.

New Hampshire is not alone. Across the country, some of the best hospitals are not available on plans on the exchange, leaving patients with difficult choices and unwanted sometimes, life threatening decisions.

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Here are former Sen. Bob Smith's (R-NH) plans to get back into the Senate: move to New Hampshire, hire a campaign team and possibly face off against Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) in the Republican primary. And this time, he says he's serious.

It's a lofty plan and one that he's only started to follow since he announced his bid for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's (D) Senate seat on Friday. The 72-year-old former New Hampshire senator -- who also ran for Senate in Florida in 2010 -- seems like a long shot right now, especially in a year when Republicans seem busier fending off primary challenges than picking off potentially easy Democratic seats.

A September Public Policy Polling survey found Shaheen beating Smith in a head-to-head matchup, 51 percent to 35 percent (nevertheless Shaheen's reelection campaign sent out a fundraising email Monday afternoon citing the "radical" Smith's candidacy).

In the interview with TPM on Monday, Smith sounded many of the notes of a candidate planning to run a classic tea party challenge. He not only said he would like to run against Brown, who has toyed with the idea of challenging Shaheen, but also said he plans to reach out to the outside conservative groups that have helped boost non-establishment Republican primary challengers.

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