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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President Barack Obama took the rare step of endorsing in the Hawaii Democratic primary, adding to an already heated competition between Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and challenger Rep. Colleen Hanabusa. Obama's endorsement would have considerable weight in most Democratic primaries, but it's especially important in Hawaii since the president grew up there and remains popular. Obama's endorsement will fan the flames of an already heated Democratic primary between two candidates who represent two distinct wings of the Democratic party in Hawaii. Here are four key points to keep in mind.

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Former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, the likely Republican nominee in the Michigan Senate race, said she's open to looking at a minimum wage increase proposal in the state.

"We want to make sure we have good paying jobs here in Michigan, and we have to make sure that we have the opportunity for everyone to get a job," Land said according to MLive.com on Monday. "That's why it's important to look at how this is all really going to work, but I am open to looking at an increase."

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President Obama endorsed Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) over Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary for the late Sen. Daniel Inouye's (D) Senate seat on Monday.

"I have worked with Senator Schatz on the issues that matter to Hawaii. Brian's deep commitment to the people of Hawaii and his effective leadership are why I believe it is important to return him to the Senate,” Obama said in a statement. "Senator Schatz is protecting Hawaii's values and fighting every day on behalf of middle-class families. There is no question that Senator Schatz is the right choice to continue delivering for Hawaii."

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The Iowa press saw Rep. Bruce Braley's (D-IA) comments slamming "farmer" Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) as more like President Barack Obama's guns and religion comment during his first presidential campaign or Mitt Romney's 47 percent comment in 2012 than a "Todd Akin" moment.

Republicans, by contrast, were quick to label Braley's poorly crafted warning that a farmer could become chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee as a "Todd Akin-like" gaffe.

It didn't help much when Braley's campaign misspelled two Iowa farming terms in a press release a little while after his original comments first came to light. Below is a roundup of editorials on Braley's comments.

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Conservatives were upset when House Republican leadership fast-tracked a vote on a Medicare doctor payment fix (or "Doc Fix") bill through the chamber on Thursday and Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) wanted to make sure his objections were known.

"I consider it a step backwards for democracy," Broun said in a statement, confirmed by TPM. "This Putin-esque behavior is an example of why I voted against Boehner as Speaker of the House."

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A top Republican political operative is skeptical of Democrats' push on equal pay legislation.

The operative, Katie Packer Gage, a former campaign adviser to Mitt Romney and the founder of a political consulting shop that advises Republicans on appealing to women, said that Democrats are pushing equal pay proposals "to distract women from real issues."

But Gage cautioned that that doesn't mean pay disparities aren't something that women see as a problem.

"Look, women view this as a problem," Gage said according to CNN. "When you talk to women, and you see in focus groups, they feel it's a problem. They have anecdotal experience, they feel it, but they don't have very specific data. Our party's response has been to push back on it and say it's not a problem."

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Over the last week or so, the departure of Florida Gov. Rick Scott's (R) billionaire finance co-chairman has caused a few headaches for the governor's re-election campaign, and could cause more pain going forward.

Roughly a week ago Scott's billionaire campaign finance co-chairman, Mike Fernandez, quit the campaign citing "behind-the-scenes disagreements." Soon more details came out. Fernandez, who was born in Cuba, was reportedly very dissatisfied with the direction of campaign and how much access he had to Scott. Fernandez, in an email obtained by the Miami Herald, was shaken by "culturally insensitive" language two Scott staffers had been using on the way to a Mexican restaurant. Politico then obtained another email where Fernandez complained about the "paranoia" of Scott campaign manager Melissa Sellers.

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A Republican running for the Colorado state House of Representatives dropped out of the race Thursday after his arrest record and connections to white supremacist movements came to light.

"I didn't think things all the way through," the former candidate, Nate Marshall, told the Denver Post on Thursday. A day earlier, the Post highlighted that Marshall, a 42 year old construction worker, had been arrested and also made offensive comments about Muslims and gay people.

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