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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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The Justice Department's Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California joined in on San Francisco's transformation into Gotham for a day, issuing a fake press release and indictment of supervillains "The Riddler" and "The Penguin" on Friday.

It's all part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation's project to turn the city into Gotham for 5-year-old Miles, whose leukemia is in remission. Miles spent the day as "Batkid" fighting crime and saving citizens. In the process, he also apprehended both the Penguin and the Riddler who, according to the North District's press release, "were formally arrested today and charged with multiple counts of conspiracy and kidnapping for their all too familiar villainous ways in Gotham City." 

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The Democratic Governor's Association isn't taking a side on Democratic South Carolina gubernatorial candidate state Sen. Vincent Sheheen's support for the state's same-sex marriage ban.

In an interview with The State newspaper DGA spokesman Danny Kanner was asked whether Sheheen's opposition to gay marriage would be a problem for the DGA, since Democrats have nationally embraced same-sex marriage and other protections for LGBT individuals.

"This is Vincent Sheheen's race and we support candidates who share the policy priorities and values of their state as that candidate best sees those carried out," Kanner told the newspaper in response. "That's his view. The DGA does not have a view on that issue. Our view is we need to elect more Democratic governors. And we believe Vincent Sheheen can win."

In a follow-up email to TPM, Kanner said, "The mission of the DGA is to elect more Democratic governors, not to dictate policy positions to candidates. We do not have litmus tests."

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) hit back at Daily Show host Jon Stewart for trashing Chicago-style pizza as inferior to New York-style pizza. 

Emanuel's office on Thursday ordered two deep dish style pizza with anchovies from New York's Pizzeria Uno to the Daily Show offices with a note that read "Jon, Deep Dish with Dead Fish. Love, Rahm," according to the Chicago Tribune

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House Republicans will gain seats in the 2014 election, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee said Friday.

"I think we clearly have the ability to net gain seats in 2014," NRCC Chairman Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast.

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The chairman of House Republicans' campaign arm expects for his chamber to take up immigration reform sometime before the 2014 elections.

"Between now and the election I think the House will take up immigration in a piece-by-piece approach," National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) said Friday at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast.

But Walden said he expected Obamacare to be the dominant issue of the next election cycle.

"That being said Obamacare will live on," Walden continued. "And I think that will be the dominant issue. Because that affects everybody."

The Daily Show's John Oliver is moving over to HBO. 

Oliver, the longtime comedian at the Daily Show who hosted the show while regular host Jon Stewart took a hiatus to work on a feature film, will headline a weekly comedy show on HBO which will launch in 2014. 

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