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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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) re-election campaign has a response for the Senate Conservatives Fund's (SCF) accusation that McConnell rolled over as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) changed Senate filibuster rules: that's "profoundly stupid."

"That argument is so profoundly stupid that it is hard to fully ascertain whether their deficiency is in math or logic," McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore told TPM on Friday. "It does however help further illuminate why SCF is so bad at what they do."

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) does not expect the "War on Women" to be an effective line of attack against him in his 2014 re-election campaign. 

Speaking at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Friday, Walker, who signed a controversial bill that requires women seeking an abortion to first get an ultrasound, shot down the idea that he could be vulnerable to accusations that he is pushing socially conservative legislation that rolls back women's rights. Walker said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) tried to do that in the 2010 gubernatorial election to little success. 

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The campaign manager for Rep. Bill Cassidy's (R-LA) Senate campaign tweeted out a link to a photo of Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) face superimposed on the body of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini an hour after a conservative Louisiana blog posted the image.

Cassidy is one of the Republicans running against Landrieu in 2014.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) walked a fine line in laying out his opinion on Democrats using the "nuclear option" to remove the threat of a filibuster from executive and judicial appointments before the Senate.

During a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Friday Walker said that, in general, "deference should be given" to executives seeking to put people in their administration "be it a governor, be it a county executive or be it the president" as long as those nominees are "competent and ethical."

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In the end, Jon Stewart apologized on Wednesday for slandering Chicago-style deep dish pizza as nothing more than a "casserole" and said was "very tasty."

"I may have implied that deep dish pizza tastes like a string cheese that's been baked for two hours inside Mike Ditka's ass," Stewart said.

"We accept Jon's truce and will continue to stand up for our city against any sort of uncalled-for insult, culinary or otherwise," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's (D) communications director, Sarah Hamilton, told TPM on Thursday.

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Tea Partier Matt Bevin, who is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in the GOP primary for McConnell's Senate seat, said the Kentucky Republican failed to stop Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) from changing the filibuster.

Bevin released a statement slamming both Reid and McConnell shortly after Reid moved forward with the "nuclear option" that would eliminate filibusters for executive and judicial nominations (save the Supreme Court). The statement, sent out to supporters, said that "Mitch McConnell failed as a leader in this fight to stop the blatant disregard for the rules."

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Among historians, the knee-jerk reaction to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's successful push on Thursday to execute the "nuclear option" to clear the path for all executive and most judicial nominees went like this: it's the result of longstanding frustration with legislative gridlock.

The change, which alters the rules to require only a simple majority to proceed on judicial and executive branch nominees save those for the Supreme Court, historians say, is a big marker in the history of the Senate.

"We've only had a few times when the filibuster has been reformed. When they create the cloture rule in 1917. And the other big reform is in 1975 when they lowered the number needed to end a filibuster," Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University told TPM on Thursday. "Since then, the use of the filibuster got worse, not better."

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Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (D) leads current Gov. Rick Rick Scott (R) in the 2014 Florida gubernatorial race by 7 percentage points according to a new poll.

The Quinnipiac Poll released Thursday found Crist leading Scott 47 percent to 40 percent. The silver lining for Scott is that a previous Quinnipiac poll in June found Crist leading the current governor 47 percent to 37 percent. In March a Quinnipiac poll had Crist leading Scott 50 percent to 34 percent.

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