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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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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will undergo a minor medical procedure related to back problems, his office said Wednesday.

"The Speaker is having a minor, unscheduled medical procedure related to recurring back problems," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said in a statement.

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) said Wednesday that congressional Republicans should support some kind of minimum wage hike.

His comments, on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" came a few hours before the Senate's scheduled vote on a minimum wage increase.

Pawlenty said Republicans should support a "reasonable" minimum wage increase. He didn't say whether that increase was to $10.10 per hour, which is what congressional Democrats support.

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) isn't sure Republicans care as much about the poor as Democrats do because he doesn't hear them talking about poverty as much.

"Well people ask me if Republicans care as much about the poor as Democrats do. I'm not sure we do," Santorum said Monday. "I'm not sure we do and the reason I'm not sure we do is because I don't hear us talking about them very often and if you really cared you'd talk about the problems they had."

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) went to a senior center on Tuesday to warn of the dangers of Obamacare and hear horror stories about the law. But instead Scott found almost all the seniors he talked to were satisfied with the new law.

There were 20 seniors who were assembled at a roundtable at the Volen Center in Boca Raton for Scott's visit, according to The Florida Sun Sentinel. But the seniors expressed satisfaction with their health care and even praised Obamacare.

Harvey Eisen, 92, said he was "completely satisfied" with Obamacare, according to the Sun Sentinel. Eisen also cast doubt about Scott's claim about cuts to Medicare that come through Obamacare. But that wouldn't be the end of the world even if there were, Eisen said.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) highlighted one place where he and President Barack Obama agree. They both think the racist comments by Donald Sterling offensive."

Cruz, a Houston Rockets fan, noted that rare place of agreement on his Facebook on Tuesday, soon after the National Basketball Association announced that Sterling had been banned from the NBA and any association with the Los Angeles Clippers for life.

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This story has been updated.

The chairman of a local chapter of the Illinois Republican Party called President Barack Obama an "a**" and said if the media focused about the offspring of a zebra and a donkey there would be two "living creatures" getting plenty of attention that is partially white and partially black.

The joke, by Winnebago County Republican Central Committee (WCRCC) chairman Jim Thompson, came in a regular newsletter sent out to supporters. It came at the end of the newsletter.

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