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

Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) cited New Hampshire as a state where the Affordable Care Act is backfiring, in a new FoxNews.com op-ed.

Brown describes the implementation of Obamacare as an "implosion" he goes on to say that some of the best medical centers in the country are being blocked from engaging in Obamacare's exchanges:

For example, in New Hampshire, only 16 of the state’s 26 hospitals are available on the federal exchange, meaning patients must either pay more to keep their current doctor or seek inferior care elsewhere.

Neither is a good option.

New Hampshire is not alone. Across the country, some of the best hospitals are not available on plans on the exchange, leaving patients with difficult choices and unwanted sometimes, life threatening decisions.

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Here are former Sen. Bob Smith's (R-NH) plans to get back into the Senate: move to New Hampshire, hire a campaign team and possibly face off against Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) in the Republican primary. And this time, he says he's serious.

It's a lofty plan and one that he's only started to follow since he announced his bid for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's (D) Senate seat on Friday. The 72-year-old former New Hampshire senator -- who also ran for Senate in Florida in 2010 -- seems like a long shot right now, especially in a year when Republicans seem busier fending off primary challenges than picking off potentially easy Democratic seats.

A September Public Policy Polling survey found Shaheen beating Smith in a head-to-head matchup, 51 percent to 35 percent (nevertheless Shaheen's reelection campaign sent out a fundraising email Monday afternoon citing the "radical" Smith's candidacy).

In the interview with TPM on Monday, Smith sounded many of the notes of a candidate planning to run a classic tea party challenge. He not only said he would like to run against Brown, who has toyed with the idea of challenging Shaheen, but also said he plans to reach out to the outside conservative groups that have helped boost non-establishment Republican primary challengers.

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) endorsed Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse in the race for outgoing Sen. Mike Johanns's  (R-NE) Senate seat.

"Ben Sasse is a true conservative who will help America move forward," Ryan said in a statement on Monday. "He strongly believes in our founding principles. And he fully understands the need to repeal ObamaCare and offer real, patient-centered reforms. That's why we need him in the Senate."

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The Republican challenger to Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY) is airing a new attack ad linking the Democratic congressman to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

Early on in the ad, by Republican congressional candidate George Demos, there's a frame with Bishop, President Barack Obama, and Ford with text reading "TIRED OF POLITICIANS?"

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) accused the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF), the outside group aiming to unseat McConnell and a number of other incumbent Republicans, of giving "conservatism a bad name."

"The Senate Conservatives Fund is giving conservatism a bad name. They’re participating in ruining the [Republican] brand," McConnell said in an interview with The Washington Examiner. "What they do is mislead their donors into believing the reason that we can’t get as good an outcome as we’d like to get is not because of a Democratic Senate and a Democratic president, but because Republicans are insufficiently committed to the cause — which is utter nonsense."

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Danita Kilcullen, the founder of a Florida Tea Party group, accused the Florida Republican party of being taken over by "gay thugs."

In an email written earlier in November and obtained by the Florida Sun-Sentinel, Kilcullen argued that the Log Cabin Republicans, a pro-same-sex GOP group, has "all but taken over" the Broward Republican Executive Committee. Kilcullen called the Log Cabin Republicans a "thug organization" motivated by their own "special interests."

In the email Kilcullen also warns that she would be "damned" if she was forced to hire someone with tattoos, piercings, or a man in a dress, a reference to the Senate's passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

Read the email below:

“We must fight with all we have... We must put pressure on the House like has never been seen before. I'll be damned if I will ever be forced to hire someone with orange hair, body/neck/face covered with tattoos, multiple piercings, or a man in a dress... or for that matter, a demonstrative effeminate male or purposeful butch-looking female. The Log Cabins are the same lobbyist organization that has all but taken over BREC; and besides that, we have someone on the Board of BREC who is using her position to openly put pressure on some BREC members to stand for same-sex marriage.


This is the same group who, based on nothing other than his recent stand for gay marriage, supports Chris Christie and who publicly worked against Cuccinelli for his stand for traditional marriage. Keep in mind, this is a thug organization with only their own "special interests" in play. I wonder what they will do with democrat Charlie Crist now running for governor? I'm betting on them to vote for Charlie, along with some other mousey republicans. I will now be accused of 'splitting' BREC. I am not! I am in standing with the Republican Platform, which is what I stated the very night I was sworn-on to BREC. We must stop this in short!

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