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

When the Hinds County Sheriff's Department concluded its investigation into the trio of supporters of state Sen. Chris McDaniel's (R-MS) U.S. campaign getting locked in the Hinds County Courthouse late on the night of the Mississippi primary (after that building had been closed and locked), that wasn't good enough for Hinds County Supervisor Robert Graham (pictured, left). So Graham asked Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith to investigate and late Friday the Clarion-Ledger of Mississippi reported that Smith agreed to have his office investigate the incident.

"My thinking behind this is that there are too many unanswered questions, the sheriff's department conducted an investigation and it's my belief that it was not a thorough investigation," Graham told TPM on Monday.

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Republican legislators in Michigan tried to prove they understand women by showing that they read women's magazines. The result wasn't what the lawmakers had hoped for.

On Thursday, Michigan Public Radio Network reporter Jake Neher tweeted a picture of state Reps. Roger Victory, Peter Pettalia and Ben Glardon reading Glamour and Harper's Bazaar.

"Don't say we don't understand women," Pettalia said, jokingly, according to Neher.

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The U.S. Senate runoff election between Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) is still weeks away but the pro-McDaniel tea party-aligned Club for Growth is already directing some fire at Democratic nominee Travis Childers.

The group released a new statement on Friday bashing former Rep. Childers (D-MS) (pictured), who is angling himself as a conservative Democrat in the race, as far too liberal.

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Former Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), who suffered something of a similar defeat to a tea party candidate in 2012 to the one potentially facing Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) in Mississippi, thinks his former colleague could have done more to crush the tea party challenge from state Sen. Chris McDaniel.

"I learned from my situation I was advised by many of my colleagues who I respected really to 'define' the opposition and to go after the opposition really vigorously," Lugar said, saying he thought it should be done in a way that was "good mannered" and of a "good sportsman."

"I was told told that I was going to have to get over that for a little while and really slug it out," he admitted.

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The Hinds County Board of Supervisors, the governing body in Hinds County, Mississippi, is asking the county sheriff to keep them updated about the investigation into an incident in which supporters of state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) got locked inside the Hinds County Courthouse on election night of the Mississippi Republican primary for U.S. Senate on Thursday.

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