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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In the clearest language possible, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said any continuing resolution bill that also defunds Obamacare is going nowhere.

"I want to be absolutely crystal clear: Any bill that defunds Obamacare is dead. Dead," Reid said at a press conference on Thursday. "I'm disappointed that he's decided, from what I've heard, he's going to move forward with the full knowledge that it's a futile effort."

Reid was flanked by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), two members of the Democratic leadership in the Senate.

Reid said Republicans were just trying to make an ideological point by pushing a continuing resolution that also defunds Obamacare.

"They're really putting the nation's economic recovery at risk to make an ideological point," Reid said.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) urged the Senate to make another attempt at passing legislation addressing the nation's gun laws. 

"I'd like the Senate to take another shot so that we can win on it," Pelosi said at a press conference Thursday.

Pelosi said that there's "certainly" reason to believe that the legislation could pass her chamber as well.

"I think that the support is there. What's more, 90 percent of the American people support background checks," Pelosi said.

Pelosi's comments follow earlier remarks in which she said that Congress could still pass new gun legislation, despite a failed attempt to pass new gun laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting.

A number of lawmakers have called on Congress to pass new gun laws in response to a shooting massacre at Washington D.C.'s Navy Yard on Monday.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) slammed House Republicans latest proposal to defund Obamacare through a continuing resolution (CR).

At a press conference on Thursday Pelosi estimated the new proposal, which House Republican leadership said on Wednesday that they planned to move forward with, could cost as much as "1.6 million jobs."

"It's a terrible appropriations bill, the CR. But it's also a bill that puts insurance companies back in charge of medical decisions for Americans' families," Pelosi said.

Republicans are hoping to pass the continuing resolution legislation by the end of the week. The Senate is almost certain to reject the proposal in which case the House will then pass a "clean" continuing resolution bill that strips out the Obmacare defunding provision. 

Updated: September 19, 2013, 5:29 p.m.

Former Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R) weighed in on the Alabama special election race Wednesday endorsing Republican candidate and businessman Dean Young, who has taken criticism for anti-LGBT remarks. Angle made the endorsement through her political action committee, Our Voice PAC. Our Voice Pac also made a $10,000 ad buy supporting Young, according to Roll Call on Thursday. In the endorsement Angle took aim at former state Sen. Bradley Byrne (R) and Quin Hillyer, who have both led the special election field in fundraising.

The email endorsement, obtained by TPM, was sent on Wednesday:

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Rep. Paul Broun's (R-GA.) Senate campaign bashed Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA.) for complaining about his congressman's salary.

Gingrey is running against Broun and other Republican candidates in the Senate primary in Georgia.

"While most Americans are struggling to make ends meet and battling higher healthcare costs, it's disappointing that Congressman Gingrey, whose reported net worth exceeds $3 million, complains about being 'stuck here (in Congress) making $172,000 a year,'" the Broun campaign said in a statement released Wednesday. "Congressman Paul Broun is fighting to exempt all Americans from Obamacare, to get Georgians back to work, and to jump start the economy so that our country can return to the path to prosperity. Georgians needs a senator who understands what it’s like to balance a budget, not one who is more concerned with their salary than the needs and economic challenges faced by most Georgians."

Earlier on Wednesday National Review reported that during a closed-door meeting with fellow Republicans Gingrey complained that while his staff has the option of jumping ship for lobbying jobs that pay $500,000 he is "stuck" in Congress making just "$172,000 a year."

The comment reportedly came during a discussion on an Obamacare requirement that pushes members of Congress and their employees into participating in federal health care exchanges. In a follow-up interview with the magazine, Gingrey said he did not recall his precise comments but the point he was trying to make is that "it is completely unfair for members of Congress and Hill staffers to get this special treatment that the general public are not getting."

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has a challenger in the 2014 Republican primary for his House seat.

Businessman Eric Gurr is challenging Boehner for the speaker's congressional seat, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Gurr told the paper he decided to run against Boehner after he backed U.S. military action in Syria.

"It was a tipping point," Gurr said. "I'm not a big fan of getting involved in the internal politics of another country."

Gurr also took issue with Boehner's approach to immigration reform, which the Speaker said needed a more incremental approach than the bipartisan Senate bill. 

"They keep saying the immigration system is broken," Gurr told the Enquirer when asked about his opposition to the Senate bill. "That's absolute nonsense."

Gurr, the CEO of computer consulting firm the Best & Brightest Inc., admits that his chances of beating Boehner are slim given the speaker's influence and deep fundraising resources. Boehner has repeatedly easily won reelection in Ohio's 8th congressional district.

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA), who's running for Senate in Georgia, complained that while his staff can jump to K Street and make $500,000 a year by lobbying, he's "stuck" in Congress making a bare $172,000 a year.

The comments, relayed by congressional aides to National Review, came during a closed door meeting among Congressional Republicans on Obamacare.

The lawmakers were debating a proposal that would exclude members of Congress and their staff from a part of Obamacare that requires them to engage in federal health care exchanges. A number of lawmakers complained that participating in the exchanges would be costly. Gingrey, according to NR, stood up and said that Congressional aides "may be 33 years old now and not making a lot of money. But in a few years they can just go to K Street."

"Meanwhile I'm stuck here making $172,000 a year," he added.

In a followup phone interview with National Review Gingrey told the conservative magazine that he did not remember making the comments. The Georgia congressman said his point was that "it is completely unfair for members of Congress and Hill staffers to get this special treatment that the general public are not getting."

Gingrey added that he "was engaged in a dialogue with some members of our conference who truly believe that Congress should get special treatment. And some also believe that staff members should get special treatment. I happen not to believe that."

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joked that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) was "lucky" that former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley (D) decided to drop his primary challenge against Quinn.

Clinton made the comments during a charity fundraising luncheon in Chicago on Wednesday. According to the Chicago Tribune, Clinton joked that Quinn "has just been entered into the Guinness World Records Book as luckiest politician."

The jab came a few days after Daley, a former special counsel to President Bill Clinton years before he served President Barack Obama, announced that he would stop running against Quinn in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Since dropping out Daley has repeatedly denied that he was dropping out of the race because he didn't think he could beat Quinn, despite polls showing him trailing the incumbent governor. Instead, Daley said he was not ready for the "enormity" of the task of running for governor.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) are virtually tied at the head of the likely Republican 2016 presidential field in New Hampshire, according to a new poll.

The Public Policy Polling survey released on Wednesday has Paul with 20 percent support among New Hampshire primary voters and Christie with 19 percent. Behind those two are former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 14 percent, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH) with 12 percent, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) with 10 percent and both Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) and Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) were tied at 7 percent.

The latest poll is a dramatic change from April when PPP found Rubio lead with 25 percent support. Support for Paul also dropped 8 percentage points from the April poll. For Christie, the most recent poll showed increased support. In April, PPP found he had 14 percent of likely voters. Similarly, Bush's support was at 7 percent in the previous poll.

The poll was conducted from Sept. 14 to 16 among 1,038 New Hampshire voters. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

A Democrat campaigning for Sen. Ed Markey's (D-MA) former House seat aired his first campaign ad in which he came out as a liberal Democrat to his tea party-identified father.

The ad, which began airing on Comedy Central, CNN, and MSNBC on Wednesday, features state Rep. Carl Sciortino Jr., who is openly gay, discussing the conversation he had with his father where he first came out as a liberal Democrat.

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