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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

Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) decision to seek a seventh term sets up what's likely to be a highly bruising primary against a challenger popular with conservative and tea party groups and who has a history of attending neo-Confederate gatherings.

On Friday Cochran, 75, announced that he would run for reelection. For months it was unclear whether the six-term senator, one of the more senior members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, would run for another term.

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The Senate Conservatives Fund said Friday that its supporters say Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) need to be replaced and the National Republican Senatorial Committtee (NRSC) needs to be defunded.

In an email to supporters, Senate Conservatives Fund executive director Matt Hoskins said that results of a new poll show that the group's supporters want Graham, Alexander and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to be replaced.

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Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) will seek reelection, a Cochran spokesman confirmed Friday. 

Cochran had been weighing whether to run for another term. Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) is the primary tea party challenger running against Cochran. A number of other Republican lawmakers in the state said they would jump into the race if Cochran decided to retire.

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President Barack Obama on Thursday refused to speculate which Democratic colleague, Vice President Joe Biden or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, would make a better candidate in 2016.

Asked to compare and contrast the two in an interview that aired Thursday night with MSNBC Hardball's Chris Matthews, Obama said "not a chance am I goin' there."

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Eventually healthcare.gov will be fixed but Obamacare will still be a flawed law, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) argued Thursday.

"It's still a disaster. But eventually they're gonna get it right. I mean it was a demonstration of manifest incompetence, but eventually they'll get the website right," Cruz said during a speech at an American Legislative Exchange Council event.

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