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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Venture capitalist Tom Perkins said he made a mistake using the word "Kristallnacht" when he compared critiquing inequality slanted in the wealthiest one percent of Americans' favor to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany.

But Perkins also said he did not regret the point of his message, which came in a three-paragraph letter to the editor in The Wall Street Journal. He said "I don't regret the message at all."

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Update: January 27, 2014, 6:43 PM

Venture Capitalist Tom Perkins recently reached new levels of notoriety for writing a three-paragraph argument comparing Kristallnacht during the Holocaust to liberals' critique of inequality in the United States.

"Writing from the epicenter of progressive thought, San Francisco, I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its 'one percent,' namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the "rich," Perkins, a founding member of the venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield and Byers, wrote in a letter to the editor in The Wall Street Journal on Friday. He later doubled-down on the argument, arguing the "racial discrimination" in Nazi Germany manifested itself as "class demonization."

Perkins, on Monday, said he regretted using the word Kristallnacht in his Wall Street Journal piece. He cautioned though that he did not regret the message behind the letter to the editor.

Perkins is no stranger to the media spotlight, even in terms of legendary Silicon Valley tycoons. Here are four things to know about the wildly successful entrepreneur:

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After meeting with Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) a commander of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division sent out emails describing the congresswoman as "smoking hot" and joked in another email to a male colleague that he had masturbated while thinking about her after their meeting.

Those emails and other details of top military commanders "behaving badly" came out in a document dump reported by The Washington Post. In the case of Ellmers, the Post report details how Brigadier General Martin P. Schweitzer, then a colonel, described Ellmers as "smoking hot."

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West Virginia Delegate Anthony Barill (D) was injured on Saturday when his son killed himself and reportedly shot his father by accident in the process.

Police said Barill, 80, was sleeping when a bullet went through floor and hit the delegate in the lower leg, according to West Virginia's CBS affiliate, WDTV

Barill's son, Bradley, was found dead at the house from what police later described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the news channel. Authorities said Bradley's wounding of his father appeared to be unintentional.

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The top venture capitalist who compared the liberal critique on inequality in the United States to Nazi Germany doesn't seem to be backing down from his comparison.

The celebrated venture capitalist, Tom Perkins followed up to his remarks on Sunday, saying that the difference now is instead of racial demonization, it's class demonization.

"In the Nazi era it was racial demonization, now it is class demonization," Perkins said in an email to Bloomberg News.

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Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) formally submitted his letter of resignation from Congress Monday morning.

In the letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Radel, who was busted for cocaine possession in 2013, writes how his personal struggles had "serious consequences."

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