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.

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Update: According to the Associated Press, one of Boyer's employer's TrueBlue, said that no company protocol would have led to them ordering a drug test or firing him. Spokeswoman Stacey Burke said that if he was fired, he would be reinstated.

Mike Boyer, the first man to buy recreational pot legally in Spokane, Washington claims that he lost his job because of the media attention he got for being the first man in line.

In response to being broadcast on TV stations and photographed in newspapers for being the first person to buy marijuana for recreational use legally, Boyer said that employers for two of his three part-time jobs say he has to take a drug test now. Boyer (pictured) said he will fail those drug tests.

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The chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party panned a call from his counterpart in Missouri to appoint a committee to investigate "racially divisive ads" targeting Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) in the primary runoff election against incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran.

Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef (pictured) called the idea a "publicity stunt."

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Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) has been echoing calls from the chairman of the Missouri Republican Party for Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to investigate robocalls in support of Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) re-election campaign, which the Missouri chairman called "racially divisive ads and robocalls."

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A day after state Sen. Joni Ernst, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Iowa, distanced herself comments resurfaced from January in which she called President Barack Obama a dictator and said should be impeached, reports surfaced that she'd made similar claims as recently as within the last two weeks.

Yahoo News and The Daily Beast noted on Wednesday that Ernst said she supported the idea of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) moving to impeach the president on June 27 during a radio interview with WHO Radio's Simon Conway.

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Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) called the June runoff election in which he lost to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) the most "unethical election in the history" of Mississippi.

"Let’s make it very clear today," McDaniel said at a "freedom rally" event on July 5, flagged by Buzzfeed. "After what we saw the other night, which is clearly the most unethical election in the history of this state and might — and might — very well be the most illegal election in the history of this state. We will let the word go forth from this time and place to friend and for alike. The people of this state will do anything to preserve the torch of liberty. We will bear any burden, fight any foe, to make sure that corruption is finally rooted out of the election process in this state."

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