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

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and other Republicans who have fallen on the "establishment" side of the so-called GOP Civil War are feeling pretty smug right now.

Over the past few days McConnell and his allies have suggested more and more that they're winning the ongoing primary fights between outside group-backed conservative candidates and the incumbent Republicans they're challenging. In an interview with The New York Times published on Sunday, McConnell said he and his allies would "crush them everywhere."

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Senate Republicans are attacking Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) for Democrats' all-night talk-a-thon on climate change -- which she did not participate in.

In a new ad the National Republican Senatorial Committee attacks Landrieu for skipping the talk-a-thon. CNN said the ad hits her for "allowing" the event to take place despite her role as chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

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Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), the leading Republican in the field, is tied with Democrat Michelle Nunn in a general election matchup in the Georgia Senate race, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey released Monday.

Broun had the best matchup of any of the Georgia Republican candidates polled in the primary. Nunn and Broun are tied with 38 percent support each in a head-to-head matchup. Twenty-four percent of those surveyed said they were unsure who to support.

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Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) has a double digit lead in the Republican Senate primary, a new poll found.

The Public Policy Polling survey released Monday found Broun with 27 percent support among Republican primary voters. Rep. Phil Gingrey comes in next with 14 percent support and then Rep. Jack Kingston with 13 percent, businessman David Perdue with 12 percent and former Secretary of State Karen Handel with 9 percent.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stressed on Monday that his war hasn't been with the tea party movement, it's been with the Senate Conservatives Fund.

McConnell called the conservative outside group that backed his primary opponent in the 2014 cycle a "rogue political operation."

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Illinois gubernatorial candidate and businessman Bruce Rauner wants you to know, he's not part of the one percent, he's part of the .01 percent.

"Oh I'm probably .01 percent," Rauner corrected in response to a previous statement an interview with The Chicago Sun-Times's Natasha Korecki. Rauner's net worth is reportedly close to nearly $1 billion. Rauner, a venture capitalist, owns nine homes and made $53 million in 2013, according to the Sun-Times.

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National Republicans threatened to pull out of the high profile Florida 13th Congressional District special election after the Republican candidate, David Jolly, said he disagreed with an ad the national GOP was airing in support of his candidacy.

After Jolly (pictured above) said he disagreed with a National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) ad hitting Democratic opponent Alex Sink on her use of a state plane, a senior NRCC official lashed out.

"Are you f---ing kidding me?" the official said, according to Politico. The official then wondered if Jolly's campaign would rather the NRCC stop spending money in the race.

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Florida Republicans are feeling sick to their stomach about a bunch of new poll results on Gov. Rick Scott (R).

The new polls show former Gov. Charlie Crist, Scott's very likely Democratic challenger int he general election, with strong support across the state. One poll reported by the Miami Herald, for instance, has Crist beating Scott by 34 percentage points in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

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Sarah Palin closed out the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference with praise for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and a warning for establishment Republicans.

"Thank you Texas because liberty needs a Congress on Cruz control," Palin said in her speech Saturday.

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