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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Rep. Henry Waxman's (D-CA) decision to retire means the tenure of one of the most influential liberal members in Congress is coming to an end.

In a Mother Jones piece reacting to Waxman's announcement on Thursday Washington Bureau Chief David Corn wrote that Waxman had been "Capitol Hill fixture and progressive crusader for decades, since he was first elected in 1974." Fellow California Democrat Rep. George Miller and Waxman, arguably the two most high profile liberals to announce retirement plans this cycle, are also part of the class of lawmakers elected right after the Watergate scandal. They have served continuously since then.

Waxman's tenure was marked by more than two dozen legislative victories ranging from climate change to health care to modernizing the U.S. Postal Service to passing new telecommunication laws. Waxman was a major player in helping to pass the Affordable Care Act.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) tea party challenger would be a tougher opponent in the Senate general election than McConnell himself, Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) argued.

"You can make a case that Mitch is easier to beat than Bevin," Yarmuth said in an interview with The Plum Line's Greg Sargent. "People are tired of him. They see him as the embodiment of government dysfunction. He probably will survive the primary. But he’s going to alienate a number of voters in the primary — it’s going to be nasty — who then will not come out."

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When a moderator for a recent Georgia Republican primary debate asked candidates by a show of hands whether they would vote to extend benefits for the thousands of American workers who have been stuck with long-term unemployment, the question was met with an awkward pause.

At the Mayor's Day Senate Forum in Atlanta earlier in the week, none of the six candidates raised their hands in favor of extending benefits, but when the opposite question was asked -- who would vote against such a proposal -- all six candidates raised their hands. Rep. Paul Broun's (R-GA) arm shot up the fastest.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) leads Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes by just one point in the Kentucky Senate race, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

The Public Policy Polling survey, conducted for Americans United For Change, found McConnell with 45 percent support to Grimes with 44 percent support. Eleven percent, meanwhile, said they were undecided.

The poll also found McConnell with an approval rate of 37 percent while 57 percent of voters disapprove.

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Rep. Michael Grimm's (R-NY) Democratic challenger is looking to capitalize on his outburst against a reporter he threatened to "break in half" and throw over a balcony railing at the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday night.

In a fundraising email Domenic Recchia, the Democrat seeking to defeat Grimm in the 2014 elections, writes that Grimm's behavior was "unbefitting of a United States Congressman."

"It’s time for Michael Grimm to go," Recchia continued in the fundraising pitch. "He continues to be an embarrassment to his district and to his constituents.

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President Barack Obama's pollster has a warning for Republicans: pushing for an immigration reform bill that does not include a path to citizenship could permanently damage their standing with Hispanic voters.

"I think that any immigration bill that the Republicans advocate that stops short of a pathway to citizenship is going to damage them permanently with Hispanic voters," the pollster, Joel Benenson, said Wednesday at an event hosted by the Third Way think tank. "They don't want to be treated as second class people, they don't want to be treated as second-class citizens. They want to earn their right to citizenship, they're willing to. And if the Republicans stay entrenched on that issue where they are now I don't think there's any short-term path for them to regain Hispanic voters."

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State Sen. Wendy Davis's (D) new pollster thinks the media could have done a better job on recent reporting of the Democratic gubernatorial candidate's life story.

Joel Benenson, who joined the campaign earlier this month, said news outlets had repeatedly made "outrageous" mistakes in reporting on Davis's life story. Benenson's comments, during an event hosted by the Third Way think tank on Wednesday, come after reports that Davis blurred aspects of her life story. Conservatives have tried to capitalize on this by branding Davis a serial liar.

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Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) tried to take the humble route during confirmation hearings on his nomination as the next U.S. ambassador to China.

"I’m no real expert on China. But it’s my strong belief that Chinese people are just as proud as we Americans are proud," Baucus said during his Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearings on Tuesday.

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Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) has a recommendation for conservative outside groups getting involved in the special election for outgoing Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-OK) Senate seat: don't bother.

"Groups coming from outside the state, coming to try and set the agenda, sorry," Cole said in an interview with Roll Call on Tuesday. "You are welcome to come, but you ought to look at your track record."

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