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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

Vice President Joe Biden described Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's (R) policy stances as "from another era." 

Biden made the comments about Cuccinelli, Democrat Terry McAuliffe's Republican opponent in the Virginia gubernatorial race, during a get-out-the-vote kickoff event in Virginia on Monday. 

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The Republican Governors Association marked former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's entrance into the Florida gubernatorial race on the Democratic ticket with a statement bashing him as an opportunist who gave up being a Republican when things got tough.

"Charlie Crist was a failure as Governor and is a pure political opportunist who is out for himself," Republican Governors Association Chairman Bobby Jindal (LA) said in a statement on Monday. "Under Crist, Florida lost over 800,000 jobs, saw their unemployment rate surge from 3.5 percent to 11.1 percent, and experienced a budgetary crisis that left the state sinking faster and faster.

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Former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright (D-TX) was denied a voter ID card thanks to Texas's strict voter ID law.

"Nobody was ugly to us, but they insisted that they wouldn't give me an ID," 90-year-old Wright said according to the Forth Worth Star-Telegram.

Wright said he previously realized earlier in the week that the identification he had to vote, a Texas Christian University faculty ID and a Texas driver's license that expired in 2010, did not meet the criteria of the new voter ID law.

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Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) will receive the endorsement to Tea Party Express, the nation's largest super PAC on Tuesday.

McDaniel's campaign announced on Monday that the Tea Party Express bus tour will make stops in Tupelo and Jackson, Mississippi in support of McDaniel, who is running in the Republican primary against Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS).  

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Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel's (R) Senate campaign is now disputing that McDaniel was at a neo-Confederate conference that they said he had attended.

In October, Mother Jones reported that McDaniel had attended neo-Confederate and pro-secessionist conferences. Mother Jones reporter Timothy Murphy reported that when he reached McDaniel's campaign he was told "Senator McDaniel has driven across Mississippi to speak to many groups over the past decade" but did not deny that the state senator attended the August event. Murphy also confirmed McDaniel's attendance through a spokesman for the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

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Mitch McConnell's chief of staff -- currently assigned as a senior staffer at the National Republican Senatorial Committee through the 2014 election -- compared the Senate Conservatives Fund to a drunk making a ruckus at a bar.

"S.C.F. has been wandering around the country destroying the Republican Party like a drunk who tears up every bar they walk into," Josh Holmes said according to The New York Times. "The difference this cycle is that they strolled into Mitch McConnell’s bar and he doesn’t throw you out, he locks the door."

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Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) argued Friday that President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Virginia to campaign for Democrat Terry McAuliffe would actually help Cuccinelli's campaign.

Cuccinelli suggested that Obama's visit would draw attention to Obamacare.

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Democrat Terry McAuliffe leads Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) in the Virginia gubernatorial race by 7 percentage points among likely voters, according to a new Christopher Newport University poll released Friday. 

The poll found McCauliffe with 45 percent support of voters while Cuccinelli has 38 percent support among likely voters. For registered voters, McAuliffe leads by 43 percentage points while Cuccinelli has 36 percentage points. Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis, meanwhile, has 10 percent support among both likely and registered voters, the poll found. The 7-point margin in McAuliffe's favor is the same as Christopher Newport University's Oct. 15 poll but two points lower for McAuliffe than when the university surveyed the race for its Oct. 8 poll. 

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