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

An attempt by Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) to do some damage control for warning that a mere farmer could become the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee backfired badly.

Braley's campaign on Wednesday sent out a campaign email highlighting his background in farming — but the press release misspelled basic Iowa farming terms. As the Des Moines Register pointed out, the press release described Braley time on Iowa farms "detassling corn and bailing hay." As the Register notes, the correct spelling is "detasseling" and "baling."

The line from the press release read: "Bruce grew up in rural Iowa and worked on Iowa farms, detassling corn and bailing hay. Bruce worked summers at a grain elevator, driving a truck, cleaning out grain bins, and delivering feed."

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has endorsed Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) in the Iowa Senate race.

Warren's endorsement on Thursday was a joint nod from the Massachusetts senator and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. Warren also endorsed Democratic candidate Rick Weiland in South Dakota.

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An Arizona state senator and long-shot gubernatorial candidate encouraged people to go learn more about a freelance border patrol hate group that the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as "one of the most virulent anti-immigrant groups around."

Arizona State Sen. Al Melvin (R) cited the group during an explanation he gave on Tuesday of why he voted for House Bill 2462, legislation that lets Arizona create a "virtual fence" along the border between Arizona and Mexico. In describing why he voted yes, Melvin mentioned the American Border Patrol. The mention came during a long-winded explanation by Melvin of how border security is not just a federal issue, it's a local issue too.

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The newly appointed co-chairwoman of the House Speaker Thom Tillis' (R-NC) Senate campaign outreach effort to women defended her decision to join the group even though she helped found Planned Parenthood's office in North Carolina and Tillis helped pushed through a controversial anti-abortion bill through the state legislature.

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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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