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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.

Articles by Daniel

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) seemed to twist the knife on Republicans' decision to surrender on its plan to exact policy concessions in exchange for a debt ceiling hike.

"This shows the absurdity and the lack of common sense and reasoning that Republicans in Congress have," Reid said Tuesday after weekly caucus lunches.

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After House Republicans conceded on Tuesday that they would bring a debt ceiling bill to the floor for a vote without attaching policy concessions, the tea party seemed in open revolt, calling for the replacement of Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). Meanwhile, incumbent Republican senators have quietly been working behind the scenes to cut off their funding sources.

"I've been told by a number of donors to our 'super PAC' that they've received calls from senior Republican senators," FreedomWorks President and CEO Matt Kibbe told The New York Times. Those donors would then say to FreedomWorks, per Kibbe, that "'I can't give to you because I've been told I won't have access to Republican leadership.'"

It was a sentiment echoed by The Madison Project's policy director Daniel Horowitz to TPM on Tuesday: "It’s almost as if McConnell and his allies are acting like the IRS with intimidation."

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House Republicans are giving up on their latest debt limit extension demands and instead are opting to push for a "clean" debt limit increase.

House Republican leadership told the conference Tuesday morning in a meeting.

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The deep-pocketed tea party group Americans for Prosperity is making a major push to stop an Obamacare Medicaid expansion in Louisiana.

Even Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), facing one of the toughest Senate re-election fights of the 2014 cycle, has embraced expanding Medicaid in her home state. Landrieu's likely GOP opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy, does not support a Medicaid expansion.

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