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

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)'s primary challenger this time around is unusual, even for a long-shot candidate. His last name is also Ryan -- something he hopes will help him on election day, and he's haunted the Wisconsin state legislature as he rides around on his Segway during singing protests.

Meet "Segway" Jeremy Ryan, an eccentric activist renowned in Wisconsin for mainly two things: citations for public disruptions and moving around virtually only on a Segway. Ryan, 25, filed to run in the Republican primary against Rep. Ryan.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) comments earlier this week have caused the revisiting of his role as ethics chair into a mid-1990s investigation of then-Sen. Bob Packwood (R-OR) over allegations of sexual harassment and assault that eventually lead to the senator from Oregon's resignation.

"I think I demonstrated 19 years ago, in the toughest possible position, how this ought to be handled," McConnell said, highlighted by the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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Donald Trump donated to Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) leadership political action committee in January.

That's according to The Hill which said on Thursday that the real estate mogul gave $5,000 to Cruz's Jobs Growth and Freedom Fund. That amount is the maximum amount a person can donate to a political action committee under current election law.

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Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis's campaign is attacking her Republican opponent for his connections to a political action committee called the "Boats 'N Hoes" political action committee.

"The language used by Greg Abbott's consultants is offensive to every Texas mother and daughter —and the men who love them— and has no place in politics," Davis spokeswoman Rebecca Acuña said according to The San Antonio Express-News on Thursday.

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Rep. Tom Cotton (R) has a worse unfavorable to favorable rating compared to Sen. Mark Pryor (D), who Cotton is challenging in the Arkansas Senate race, according to a new poll from Republican pollster Harper Polling on behalf of the conservative American Crossroads group.

Thirty-nine percent of those surveyed have an unfavorable view of Cotton while 31 percent have a favorable view, the poll found. Thirty percent said they were unsure. By contrast, 42 percent of those surveyed said they have a favorable view of Pryor while 37 percent said they have an unfavorable view. Twenty-one percent said they were not sure.

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Sen. Al Franken (D-MN)'s re-election campaign is fundraising with comedienne and fellow Saturday Night Live alum Amy Poehler.

The campaign sent a fundraising email out to supporters on Thursday featuring a chance attend a party in Los Angeles hosted by Poehler next week.

Franken, who had a long-running comedic career before running for office in 2008, has made a habit of being both direct and also comedic in his fundraising diatribes, such as a rather direct one he sent out in 2013.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) endorsed former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon in the Republican primary for outgoing Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-OK) Senate seat.

"T.W. Shannon is a strong conservative who will fight for individual liberty and help turn our country around,” Sen. Cruz said in a statement on Wednesday. “T.W. embodies the American dream. I’m proud to offer T.W. my enthusiastic endorsement because not only will he vote the right way, but he’ll stand up and fight with us in the Senate to stop President Obama’s assault on our liberties and defend America’s founding principles."

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) got into a tense exchange with President Barack Obama when the president asked her to help set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau alongside then-Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, a longtime rival who did not support Warren's nomination to run the organization.

"You're jamming me, Elizabeth," Obama said, as recounted in Warren's new memoir, "A Fighting Chance." Excerpts of the book were reported by The Boston Globe on Wednesday. Obama had asked to meet with Warren privately in September 2010.

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