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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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Former Rep. Mel Reynolds (D-IL) blamed the Chicago media for its "double standard" against him and misreporting a bizarre story of espionage, Zimbabwe jailing and charges of filming pornographic videos while also cutting business deals in the country.

"Why is there a double standard when it comes to Mel Reynolds?" the former congressman asked at a press conference on Wednesday according to The Chicago Tribune.

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President Barack Obama found a new report by the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General "deeply troubling," according to White House press secretary Jay Carney.

Obama had been briefed on the reports findings White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Wednesday. The report, which sampled 226 appointments, found that the average wait time for patients was 115 days before their first appointment at the Phoenix VA hospital. The report also found that 84 percent of veterans were forced to wait over the 14-day period set by the VA as a goal at the hospital. The hospital reported to the VA in 2013 that the average wait time was 24 days, a dramatic contrast with the wait time reality.

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Add Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) to the list of Democrats attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for saying Obamacare should be repealed but Kentucky's Obamacare exchange, Kynect, should stay in place.

That statement by McConnell's campaign has sparked criticism by both the Lexington Herald Leader editorial board and Jonathan Hurst, the campaign manager for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, who's running against McConnell.

Here's Beshear's response, passed to TPM on Wednesday in response to questions about McConnell's position:

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Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes' campaign said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) can't "tell the difference between fact and fiction" in response to McConnell saying Kentucky's state-based Obamacare exchange, Kynect, should stay intact while Obamacare itself should be repealed.

"Mitch McConnell has been in the fantasyland that is Washington for so long that he cannot tell the difference between fact and fiction. McConnell has voted to destroy Kynect – and he has said he will do it again," Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst said in a statement. "In the U.S. Senate, Alison Lundergan Grimes will fix the law to ensure it is working for all Kentuckians."

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One of the biggest newspapers in Kentucky is taking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to task for taking a bizarre new position on Obamacare and Kentucky's state-based Obamacare exchange, Kynect.

McConnell has recently begun arguing that while Obamacare should be repealed, the state of Kentucky should be able to keep the Kynect system as it is, even if the federal law the system is based on were to be uprooted completely.

"If Obamacare is repealed, Kentucky should decide for itself whether to keep Kynect or set up a different marketplace," McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore told TPM on Tuesday.

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When Republican David Jolly ran for the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young's (R-FL) seat Jolly had the support of Young's widow, who campaigned for him. Now, Young's widow, Beverly Young, is saying she plans to challenge him in 2016 as a Democrat.

"I am absolutely going to run against David in 2016," Beverly Young told the Tampa Bay Times. "I’d do it now if I could. If I’d known that the Democrats wouldn’t put anyone up on that ballot, I’d have been there myself this time. I thought they had a candidate. I wouldn’t have been ready. But I would have run anyway."

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