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

A South Carolina lawmaker wants to make sure if his state has an official fossil, God gets credit for creating it.

The lawmaker, state Sen. Kevin Bryant (R), is pushing an amendment that would add language designating a mammoth fossil as the state fossil that reads "as created on the sixth day with the beasts of the field."

"I just had a notion that we ought to consider acknowledging the creator as we acknowledge one of his creations," Bryant said according to Reuters.

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A tea party Senate candidate is going after one of his Republican primary competitors over a supporting ad that does not include the phrase "repeal Obamacare."

North Carolina Senate candidate Greg Brannon's (R) campaign is attacking North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-NC) Senate campaign over a new ad by American Crossroads in support of the state House Speaker, establishment Republicans' preferred candidate in the race.

The narrator in the ad said Tillis has the "conservative guts" to replace Obamacare with "honest healthcare reforms." The ad however does not say Tillis wants to repeal Obamacare and that's where the Brannon campaign pounced.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is hosting a fundraising event on Thursday in which the host committee includes the founder of a substance abuse boot camp that closed because of charges of serious abuse, Mother Jones reported on Tuesday.

The fundraiser in question is Mel Sembler, who founded Straight Inc. in 1976. Over 17 years the Straight Inc. drug treatment facilities were repeatedly accused of abuse. As Mother Jones notes, there was at least one Straight Inc. staffer accused of kidnapping adult patients and abusing them in mental, physical, and sexual ways. There were two state investigations that backed up that charge.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is becoming something of the cavalry for embattled Democrats this cycle.

The liberal favorite and senior senator from Massachusetts has gotten into the habit of coming to the aid of candidates in tough re-election fights or who could use a narrative change.

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David Koch, one of the brothers that help fund major Republican initiatives, ran and helped fund a presidential campaign in 1980 that called Social Security "The Ultimate Pyramid Scheme."

That's according to a new report in Buzzfeed that highlights Democrats' research that Koch was the vice presidential nominee and main driver of the presidential campaign of Libertarian candidate Ed Clark. Social Security is called the "ultimate pyramid scheme" in Clark's campaign book, titled A New Beginning.

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A would-be Republican Senate candidate won't be challenging Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) because of traffic problems.

The candidate, ex-FBI agent Rob Turkavage, was unable to file for the Republican primary to face Booker in November because he got stuck in traffic as he was trying to get to the Trenton office of the state Division of Elections before the 4 p.m. filing deadline on Monday, according to the Star-Ledger of New Jersey.

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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) will retire after his current term in Congress ends.

Camp's decision on Monday follows longstanding speculation that the chairman of the powerful tax-writing committee would not seek another term.

Here's his full statement:

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) endorsed Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) for re-election over Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, Schatz's challenger in the Democratic primary.

The endorsement came a few hours after President Barack Obama endorsed Schatz on Monday. Here's Reid's statement:

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President Barack Obama took the rare step of endorsing in the Hawaii Democratic primary, adding to an already heated competition between Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and challenger Rep. Colleen Hanabusa. Obama's endorsement would have considerable weight in most Democratic primaries, but it's especially important in Hawaii since the president grew up there and remains popular. Obama's endorsement will fan the flames of an already heated Democratic primary between two candidates who represent two distinct wings of the Democratic party in Hawaii. Here are four key points to keep in mind.

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