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 email@example.com.
The Republican primary of the Tennessee race for U.S. Senate on Thursday is being billed as perhaps the last big chance for tea party candidates to unseat an establishment Republican this cycle but there's another race that could, conceivably, result in an incumbent losing to his Republican primary challenger.
John Mary, one of the men charged as a co-conspirator in connection with political blogger "Constitutional" Clayton Kelly, is pleading guilty in the case alleging that Kelly photographed Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) wife for an anti-Cochran video.
The man who said he was paid $2,000 to falsely accuse Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) of a vote-buying scheme to get African-Americans to vote for him in the runoff election of the Mississippi race for U.S. Senate is now saying state Sen. Chris McDaniel's (R) spokesman, Noel Fritsch, was the one who paid him to do the interview, according to the Clarion-Ledger and WJTV.
Tea party conservatives supporting state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) have been accusing establishment Republicans supporting Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) of "race-baiting" — but they're using that term in a different way than how it's historically been used, as a sort of shield to try and block accusations of racism.