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saying Kentucky's state-based Obamacare exchange, Kynect, should stay intact while Obamacare itself should be repealed.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McConnell has recently begun arguing that while Obamacare should be repealed, the state of Kentucky should be able to keep the Kynect system as it is, even if the federal law the system is based on were to be uprooted completely.

"If Obamacare is repealed, Kentucky should decide for itself whether to keep Kynect or set up a different marketplace," McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore told TPM on Tuesday.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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There are people other than the four men already charged who knew about the video made by political blogger "Constitutional Clayton" Kelly that included the image of Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) wife before the video went up online, according to Madison, Mississippi District Attorney Michael Guest.

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Tea Party favorite State Sen. Chris McDaniel is airing an ad accusing his opponent, incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) of engaging in dirty, shameless political attacks just after Cochran's campaign linked McDaniel to a conspiracy to photograph Cochran's wife in a nursing home.

"You've probably seen Thad Cochran's negative attack ads. Newspapers call them shameless. I call them outrageous," McDaniel said in the ad.

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A 10-year-old boy reportedly shot his 4-year-old cousin by accident with a rifle inside the girl's home in Harris County, Texas on Saturday.

Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesman Thomas Gililand told The Houston Chronicle that the boy discovered the rifle and discharged it at about noon on Saturday. According to Fox News' Houston affiliate, when the boy discovered the rifle, he thought it was a toy and started playing with it. When it discharged, the bullet hit his cousin in her lower leg, according to Gililand.

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