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

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) highlighted one place where he and President Barack Obama agree. They both think the racist comments by Donald Sterling offensive."

Cruz, a Houston Rockets fan, noted that rare place of agreement on his Facebook on Tuesday, soon after the National Basketball Association announced that Sterling had been banned from the NBA and any association with the Los Angeles Clippers for life.

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This story has been updated.

The chairman of a local chapter of the Illinois Republican Party called President Barack Obama an "a**" and said if the media focused about the offspring of a zebra and a donkey there would be two "living creatures" getting plenty of attention that is partially white and partially black.

The joke, by Winnebago County Republican Central Committee (WCRCC) chairman Jim Thompson, came in a regular newsletter sent out to supporters. It came at the end of the newsletter.

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North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-NC) seems poised to avoid a runoff and win the GOP nomination for Senate, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday.

The poll found Tillis with 46 percent support among Republican primary voters surveyed. That's above the 40 percent any candidate needs to stop a runoff and win the nomination.

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Rev. Mark Harris, one of the eight Republicans competing for the nomination in the North Carolina Senate race, didn't report donations from speaking events at church events as campaign donations.

That may put Harris in campaign finance hot water. The question has arisen in light of a new video showing Rev. Bill Saylor of the Blackwelder Park Baptist Church urging attendees to donate money to Harris (pictured), either as a pastor or a Senate candidate.

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Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), one of the handful of Republicans vying for the nomination in the Georgia Senate race, became the latest Senate candidate to refuse to say whether he would commit to supporting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as Republican Senate leader for another term.

Reached by The Hill on Monday, Kingston's campaign refused to say whether the congressman would support McConnell as leader for another term.

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House Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) primary challenger has lost his job as an adjunct professor at a small Christian university in Cedarville, Ohio over an ad in which the challenger, J.D. Winteregg, said Boehner suffers from "electile dysfunction."

Winteregg had been an adjunct professor at Cedarville University in Ohio over the past three years. He finished teaching his last class and, according to the university, is not scheduled to teach any future classes.

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A man accidentally shot his wife in the buttocks in the couple's home in Ohio. The man, Kent Scott, told Springfield, Ohio police that shooting happened when he had picked up a backpack from the floor, according to the Springfield News-Sun.

A gun fell out of the backpack and when Scott reached for it, the gun went off. The bullet hit Kimberly Scott, Kent Scott's wife, in the left buttock. The bullet got lodged into Kelly Scott's right buttock, close to her hip.

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An Iowa Republican Senate candidate isn't sure United States senators make that much money.

"I don't think U.S. senators make that much money, but again, you know, I'm willing to make significant investment of my time and energy here to help solve the problems we have in this country," Mark Jacobs, the candidate, said according to MSNBC. Jacobs (pictured) is the former president and CEO of Reliant Energy.

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