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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

One of the tea partiers with a strong shot at winning a congressional seat in West Virginia hopped the Maryland border to make his run, all the while promising to fight the "gun-grabbers" and "pro-abortion zealots."

Meet Alex Mooney, ex-Maryland lawmaker and Republican Party chairman and current West Virginia congressional candidate.

Mooney has his eye on the Republican stronghold district currently held by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), who's vacating the post to run for Senate.

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Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) supports same-sex marriage and wants the state's attorney general and her likely opponent in the upcoming gubernatorial race, Greg Abbott (R), to stop defending the law.

"It's my strong belief that when people love each other and are desirous of creating a committed relationship with each other that they should be allowed to marry, regardless of their sexual orientation," Davis said to the San Antonio Express-News editorial board on Thursday, adding that she is pleased that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is being challenged in federal court.

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Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) announced Thursday that he would not seek reelection.

Hastings, 73, currently serves as the the chairman of the Natural Resources Committee.

"Last Friday, I celebrated my 73rd birthday and while I have the ability and seniority to continue serving Central Washington, it is time for the voters to choose a new person with new energy to represent them in the people’s House," Hastings said in a statement.

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State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) may be preparing his primary challenge strategy against Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) by taking the same tack many tea partiers are: painting incumbent Republicans as liberal firebrands who defend Obamacare.

Brad White, the former chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party who now serves as the chief of staff for Mississippi State Auditor Stacey Pickering, said he received an odd 15-minute phone call last week that was clearly tilting the questions in McDaniel's favor.

"They listed very negative statements about Sen. Cochran and it would be things like 'Would it make any difference, no difference or some difference if you knew that Sen. Cochran voted to fund abortions? Or voted to support Harry Reid enacting Obamacare," White said.

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The Senate Conservatives Fund released a devastating new web ad on Wednesday portraying Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as a bully like no other to conservatives.

The nearly 90-second ad, titled "Bully," replays some of SCF's favorite attacks against McConnell, saying he's far more aggressive against conservatives than the Internal Revenue Service was against conservative-leaning groups applying for tax-exempt status.

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Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA) announced Wednesday that he is retiring from Congress.

Miller, who had been in Congress for over a a decade and a half, said he would not seek re-election at the end of his current term from Congress.

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State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) said she would have supported a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy under certain conditions.

In an interview with the Dallas Morning News on Tuesday Davis, the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor, told the paper's editorial board that she "would line up with most people in Texas who would prefer that that’s not something that happens outside of those two arenas."

"My concern, even in the way the 20-week ban was written in this particular bill, was that it didn’t give enough deference between a woman and her doctor making this difficult decision, and instead tried to legislatively define what it was," Davis told the editorial board.

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Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) is suing a super PAC that supports Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) for libel over when he was allegedly arrested for drug possession in 1977.

Stockman is running a primary challenge against Cornyn.

At the center of the lawsuit is a question over whether Stockman was arrested in 1977 for possessing Valium. A mugshot of Stockman's arrest has resurfaced calling into question the Texas congressman's charge that the suggestions in his libel lawsuit against Texans for a Conservative Majority. The super PAC has created a website and run television ads questioning Stockman's arrest record and his character.

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