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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 Republican Matt Bevin accused Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who Bevin is running against in the primary for McConnell's Senate seat, of "working actively" to make sure Obamacare is not repealed. 

"We wanted to just call attention to frankly what we're seeing as a rather disturbing trend which is the fact that we've thought for some time that most of Mitch McConnell's bluster about yanking out Obamacare root and branch was really just that," Bevin said in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday. "But we're seeing yet again the fact that behind the scenes and now with increasing amounts of overtness he's really working actively to ensure that this is not a piece of legislation that is ended." 

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Though much has been made about Democrats' positioning on Obamacare as 2014 approaches, it may be Republicans that face more hurdles in the early parts of the campaign.

In seven of eight Senate races the incumbent senator facing a serious or semi-serious primary challenger is a Republican. That's in contrast to incumbent Democrats. In the eight races just one includes an incumbent Democrat with a primary challenger.

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A conservative super PAC plans to release a new ad linking Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) to his state's healthcare exchange website. 

The television ad, first reported by Politico, was produced by Americans for Job Security and includes clips of Enzi speaking during a 2010 conference with Obama and lawmakers discussing Obamacare and the state exchanges. The spot will air Monday. 

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Mary Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, has joined a bipartisan effort against adding a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage to Indiana's constitution.

In a fundraising email for the group, Freedom Indiana, Cheney, who is married to her partner, writes that "no one should be denied the fundamental liberties we all deserve."

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Updated: November 26, 2013, 5:45 PM.

State Sen. Mark Obenshain (R) will request a recount in the Virginia attorney general race on Wednesday.

Obenshain's campaign released an advisory Tuesday afternoon that the state senator would formally request a recount the next day.

Lawyers with Obenshain's campaign plan to hold a conference call Wednesday morning to discuss the process for a recount.

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A blogger for Redstate.com argued that Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) has surrendered on Obamacare after the Republican congressman and Senate candidate said that it would not be "responsible" to let the Affordable Care Act collapse entirely.

"Sadly, the recent comments by Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) suggesting that we should help fix the law serve as a vivid illustration of why we failed the battle to defund the law," wrote Redstate.com blogger Daniel Horowitz, who also serves as the policy director for the conservative Madison Project, in a blog post titled "Jack Kingston has Surrendered on Obamacare" on Tuesday.

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) attacked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell after his campaign claimed in a recent interview that he supported fair pay for women, even though the Kentucky Republican had voted four times against major bills that seek to fix gender pay disparities.

McConnell campaign spokesman Allison More said in a Friday interview with the Associated Press that "as the father of three daughters, fair pay for women is more than a talking point for Sen. McConnell. It's something he's worked to achieve his entire career by setting an example for others and promoting thoughtful policies to ensure talent and overcome bias."

Grimes' campaign was quick to point out that McConnell voted twice against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and also voted twice against the Paycheck Fairness Act, laws meant to help women facing pay discrimination in the workplace. McConnell's campaign has also highlighted his support for the Violence Against Women Act even though he's consistently voted against legislation meant to reduce domestic violence.

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Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) suggested that it isn't totally "responsible" for Republicans to let Obamacare fail.

Speaking to a local radio station on Monday, Kingston, who's running in the Republican primary for retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss's (R-GA) seat, touted his "Small Business Fairness In ObamaCare Act" which exempts some small businesses from the part of Obamacare that requires employers to offer insurance to their employees.

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One of the Republicans running in the South Carolina primary for Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) said he is for self-deportation of immigrants who have entered the United States illegally. 

"I’m supportive of self-deportation," state Sen. Lee Bright (R-SC) said Thursday at a tea party event in South Carolina. "And if they don’t want to leave, if they break the law, I’m for taking them out and sending them back to wherever they came from because basically they need to observe our laws. So if they break the law I’m in favor of us deporting. If it comes down to a situation, I’m for self-deportation. I don’t believe in rewarding people for breaking the law."

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