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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Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) plans to attend New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) inaugural speech on Tuesday, his office confirmed to TPM despite the fact that Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) will not.

Booker's office told TPM earlier on Tuesday that the junior New Jersey senator wouldn't attend.

Christie does not plan to address questions about the George Washington Bridge scandal in the speech. Instead, the New Jersey governor will focus on how New Jersey can become a more bipartisan and inclusive state.

Updated: January 21, 2014, 12:52 PM

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) plans jump into the 2015 Louisiana race for governor.

Vitter notified supporters on Tuesday that he would be running in the governor's race.

"After much thought, prayer and discussion with Wendy and our children, I've decided to run for governor of Louisiana in 2015," Vitter said in a video message released Tuesday.

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Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) won't be attending New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's inaugural address Tuesday.

Booker's office confirmed to TPM that the junior senator from New Jersey would not be attending the speech.

"Sen. Booker has back-to-back meetings and will not be in attendance," Booker press secretary Monique Waters told TPM.

Christie, who has been engulfed in questions about the George Washington Bridge scandal, does not plan to focus on that topic in his speech. Instead his office said he plans to focus his speech on how to make New Jersey a more inclusive, bipartisan state.

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Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) shrugged off the latest accusations against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration (R) on Monday by saying they were being made by a "lady mayor."

Barbour was responding to allegations from Hoboken, N.J. Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who accused Christie aides of threatening to withhold Hurricane Sandy relief aid from the city unless the mayor approved a real estate project favored by Christie.

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Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), a close ally of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), has decided against a run for Senate.

Cole made the announcement about the race to succeed outgoing Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) on Sunday evening. He said his seniority and position as deputy majority whip make him a better fit to stay in the House than serve in the Senate.

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) has won the ire of Star Trek actor George Takei in response to the governor's efforts to fight a ruling overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Takei is most famous for playing Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek series.

"Why is your Governor Gary Herbert so mean?" Takei said in an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune. Takei got married to his longtime partner Brad Altman in 2008. "Your governor seems to believe in governing by hysteria."

Most recently Herbert told state agencies that Utah's recognition of same-sex marriages were on hold until the Supreme Court issued a final ruling on the matter. Herbert's resistance started after after a federal judge in the state struck down Utah's same-sex marriage ban.

"Your Governor Herbert is consciously bringing harm to 2,600 citizens of Utah," Takei said. "That's mean-spirited. He didn't have to do that. Your governor is trying to put toothpaste back in the tube."

(H/t: Huffington Post)