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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There's been a significant drop in the number of Republican women running for Congress this cycle compared to 2012.

According to findings by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, 74 Republican women, including 17 incumbents, are likely to run or are running for seats in the House this cycle. By comparison, 108 ran for Congress in 2012. The number has remained the same in the Senate, though, with 16 women running both this cycle and in 2012. The findings are regularly updated after each primary election.

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Updated: March 26, 2014, 10:46 AM

When House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-NC), the leading candidate in the GOP primary to face Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), released the names of the women serving as co-chairs of his Women for Tillis Coalition one name stuck out: Dr. Mary Susan Fulghum.

The Tillis campaign listed Fulghum as a "retired OB-GYN who is very active in the Raleigh community." The campaign noted that Fulghum serves on a number of boards and committees and graduated from the University of North Carolina.

There was, however, no mention of Fulghum's involvement in Planned Parenthood. Fulghum, in fact, happens to be one of the principle founders of the Planned Parenthood Health Systems headquarters in Raleigh, which was first started in 1980. She's listed as a principal founder on Planned Parenthood's website today.

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Updated: March 25, 2014, 8:22 PM

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) campaign on Tuesday pulled a web ad that featured college basketball players out of concerns that it may have violated National Collegiate Athletic Association rules.

"We figured we had shot ourselves in the foot enough for one day, so we took the the web video down as soon as a fair use questions popped up to avoid any misunderstandings," McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton told TPM in an email on Tuesday.

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Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) apologized for warning that if Republicans won control of the Senate in the 2014 midterm elections, "a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school" could become chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The apology, released by Braley's Senate campaign, came a few hours after video footage of Braley at a fundraiser in Texas surfaced. The comments were a clear shot at Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the ranking Republican on the committee.

Here's Braley's full statement:

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A top Democratic pollster warned that Democrats have a big turnout disadvantage in the midterm elections.

"There is a huge turnout disadvantage and challenge," Democratic pollster Celina Lake said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Tuesday according to CNN. "There is always a challenge in turnout in an off year, but it's really dramatic this time."

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Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) warned that if Republicans take control of the Senate the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee could be a "farmer from Iowa who never went to law school."

Braley's comments refer to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who is the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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The North Carolina Senate race -- a prime pickup opportunity for Republicans -- has shaped up to be a bit messier than it probably should be.

With a little more than a month before the Senate primary, the GOP still lacks a de facto nominee. There's a social conservative favorite, Rev. Mark Harris; a Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)-backed candidate, Dr. Greg Brannon; and a GOP-backed establishment candidate who's supposed to have locked up the whole thing by now, State House Speaker Thom Tillis, among others. Most observers say Tillis is the frontrunner, but he's far from a lock on the nomination and there's a chance he could be pushed to a runoff.

"I don't think there's any question that the person who is best positioned to defeat Kay Hagan is Thom Tillis," North Carolina-based Republican strategist Brian Nick told TPM. "And he's the best candidate in the Republican field and the Democrats are certainly cheering on someone else to possibly pull off an upset."

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A new ad by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) re-election campaign accidentally included a clip of the Duke University basketball team instead of the University of Kentucky's team.

The new ad, titled "Rebuild" was released Tuesday and included a clip of Duke players Lance Thomas and Jon Scheyer jumping and hugging in celebration during the 2010 NCAA Championship victory. The players appear at around the 1:00 minute mark.

The confusion is understandable. Both Duke's and Kentucky's colors are white and blue.

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An Iowa GOP Senate candidate argued in a new ad that her experience castrating hogs on a farm makes her ready to cut pork spending in Washington D.C.

"I'm Joni Ernst. I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm so when I get to Washington, I'll know how to cut pork," state Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) said in the ad, titled "Squeal."

The ad, released Tuesday, features Ernst describing her conservative bona fides. A few clips in the ad are of pigs in a barn.

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