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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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stressed on Monday that his war hasn't been with the tea party movement, it's been with the Senate Conservatives Fund.

McConnell called the conservative outside group that backed his primary opponent in the 2014 cycle a "rogue political operation."

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Illinois gubernatorial candidate and businessman Bruce Rauner wants you to know, he's not part of the one percent, he's part of the .01 percent.

"Oh I'm probably .01 percent," Rauner corrected in response to a previous statement an interview with The Chicago Sun-Times's Natasha Korecki. Rauner's net worth is reportedly close to nearly $1 billion. Rauner, a venture capitalist, owns nine homes and made $53 million in 2013, according to the Sun-Times.

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National Republicans threatened to pull out of the high profile Florida 13th Congressional District special election after the Republican candidate, David Jolly, said he disagreed with an ad the national GOP was airing in support of his candidacy.

After Jolly (pictured above) said he disagreed with a National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) ad hitting Democratic opponent Alex Sink on her use of a state plane, a senior NRCC official lashed out.

"Are you f---ing kidding me?" the official said, according to Politico. The official then wondered if Jolly's campaign would rather the NRCC stop spending money in the race.

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Florida Republicans are feeling sick to their stomach about a bunch of new poll results on Gov. Rick Scott (R).

The new polls show former Gov. Charlie Crist, Scott's very likely Democratic challenger int he general election, with strong support across the state. One poll reported by the Miami Herald, for instance, has Crist beating Scott by 34 percentage points in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

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Sarah Palin closed out the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference with praise for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and a warning for establishment Republicans.

"Thank you Texas because liberty needs a Congress on Cruz control," Palin said in her speech Saturday.

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One of the panelists on a discussion conservative women in politics had a message for men within the party: no dumb comments this cycle and let women talk about contraception.

"We cannot have any stupid comments this year. No stupid comments," conservative author Kate Obenshain said Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference. "Please think before you make pithy, obnoxious comments."

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Conservative favorite Ben Carson urged conservatives to support whoever gets the Republican nomination in the 2014 elections, even if it isn't the one they supported in the primaries.

"One of the things that is so important for conservatives, the ship is about to sail off of Niagara Falls and we're going to be killed," Carson said Saturday at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference. "And we have a bunch of people looking over the side of the ship saying 'there's barnacles on the side of it, we got to get the barnacles off.' Forget about the barnacles. We got to get the ship turned around first.

Carson continued that "once we get through the primary season if your person hasn't won and you can call him whatever you want to call him —RINO…you can call 'em whatever you want, vote for them!"

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A panelist on a discussion about right-to-work legislation accused Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) as being the "biggest impediment" of it going into law in the state.

F. Vincent Vernuccio, the director of labor policy at the conservative Mackinac Center for Public Policy, blamed Kasich as a major reason right-to-work legislation isn't currently going anywhere in the state.

"Unfortunately it's not going anywhere," Vernuccio said at the Conservative Political Action Conference. "The biggest impediment to right to work freedom right now is Gov. Kasich in Ohio."

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