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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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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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National Harbor, Md. — There's been a flood of stories about the resurgence of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) within the Republican Party, but you wouldn't know it by looking around the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference.

It's not hard to find supporters of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) or Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) at the conference. Virtually every other person in a crowd is wearing either a "Stand With Rand" sticker or a "Cruz Crew" sticker.

By contrast it's near impossible to find someone flaunting their support of Rubio. This, despite a wave of stories foretelling the return of Rubio as the de facto leader of the GOP and will soon be considered a top-tier candidate for 2016 presidential candidate.

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Republican primary challenger for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) compared him giving a rifle to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) at the Conservative Political Action Conference to Democratic President candidate Michael Dukakis's infamous head 1988 tank ad.

"It reminded me of that," Bevin told TPM on Friday. "Because stunts sometimes don't go over as they were intended to."

Bevin added "I think highly of Tom Coburn and I don't think highly of the NRA and I don't begrudge the premise behind it but it was a prop that was used for effect and time will tell how effective that prop will be."

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is out with a new attack ad on Friday directly going after the Senate Conservatives Fund for its lavish offices on Capitol Hill and primary challenger Matt Bevin for implying that he had a graduate degree from MIT.

"Matt Bevin and out of state special interest groups are attacking Mitch McConnell — nothing new," a narrator in the ad said. "About what you'd expect from Matt Bevin who claimed on his resume that he went to MIT, when he didn't even attend. Bevin's allies at the so-called Senate Conservatives Fund are also attacking."

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Panelists on a panel about outreach to minorities at the conservative political action conference got into a big of a spat over whether low-income people like getting "goodies."

The moderator, Jason Roe, said one of the problems Republicans have with attracting poor minority voters is that Democrats like to give them handouts while Republicans don't. Sailor said that one of the frustrations he's seen is that Democrats have lots of "goodies to offer."

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre warned of a vast opposition of united "elite media" and political culture that's out to get the NRA and its supporters.

LaPierre delivered the remarks during a wide-ranging speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday.

"The political and media elites are lying to us. You know they are. They lie bills into law," LaPierre said. He then pivoted to the Internal Revenue Service suggesting the Obama administration has used it to attack NRA supporters. "The IRS is now a weapon, a weapon to punish anyone who disagrees with us. And that means every one of you."

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