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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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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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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Even though they lost their booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the president of the American Atheists decided to still attend the conference.

In an interview with TPM, David Silverman, the president of the atheist advocacy group, said that his booting from the conference was based on an unfair claim.

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) argued that the defeat of President Barack Obama's pick to lead a key division of the Justice Department was not about racism but rather because Debo Adegbile participated in an "anti-American campaign" to defend Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal.

"This was always about the principle that no one should be able to make a mockery of our criminal justice system, fan the flames of racial strife in America, join a dishonest, international anti-American campaign, along the way drag the family of a fallen police officer with three decades of health and then be burned by most of the Justice Department," Toomey said during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday.

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) compared GOP party conflicts to an Irish family reunion or "creative tension" rather than a civil war.

Ryan, who has Irish ancestors, made the comments during one of the earliest speeches at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday.

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Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) may have lost his bid for Senate but that doesn't mean he's out of politics forever.

"We had fun, and we'll probably do statewide again," Stockman said in an interview with the Dallas Morning News on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the Texas primary where Stockman received what might conservatively be called a shellacking against Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) in the Republican primary.

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