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

Democrats are watching with bated breath on the outcome of the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Mississippi on Tuesday: if state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) pulls off a win over incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), the state could suddenly be put into play in a very tough year for Democrats to hold control of the Senate.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) seemed to tie himself into knots trying to explain whether Kentucky's state-based Obamacare exchange should be dismantled after his fellow Kentucky senator suggested it was "unconnected" to the law.

The question has been a trending topic in Kentucky over the last week or so since Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) puzzlingly argued that Obamacare should be repealed but Kynect, the Kentucky Obamacare exchange, should stay in place.

A reporter asked Paul if he thought Kynect should be dismantled. Paul responded that he was "not sure."

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A few hours after President Barack Obama announced that he had accepted the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) argued that the only way to fix the problems that resulted in Shineski's departure is through allowing veterans to opt out of the VA medical system.

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Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) is leading tea primary challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) in the GOP primary but it's a close race, according to a new poll by the Republican pollster Harper Polling.

The poll found Cochran leading McDaniel 45 percent to 40 percent with 15 percent still undecided.

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Further details of the alleged conspiracy surrounding a nursing home "break-in" which involved a group of conservative tea partiers in Mississippi have been revealed, including a Facebook correspondence with "Obi Wan Kenobi" and why Kelly chose to take the photograph on Easter Sunday.

A recently released set of incident reports and affidavits of the arrest of the men charged in relation to political blogger "Constitutional" Clayton Kelly offers more clues into exactly how Kelly ended up going to the nursing home of Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) wife and taking her picture to use in an anti-Cochran video.

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