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

In an unexpected move late Monday just before the qualifying deadline, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) jumped into the Republican primary against Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), setting up what will be one of the most-watched tea party v. GOP establishment clashes of the 2014 cycle.

Stockman, one of the more outspoken conservative members of the House of Representatives -- he once threatened impeachment of President Obama over using an executive order to try and reduce gun violence -- announced his candidacy for Cornyn's seat on Monday in an interview with WND.com.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is scheduled to fundraise for Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) next Wednesday.

McConnell will reportedly serve as the special guest at a fundraiser for Cochran, who just announced Friday that he would run for a seventh term. A Senate aide confirmed that McConnell is featured on an invitation for the fundraiser for Cochran. 

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Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) decision to seek a seventh term sets up what's likely to be a highly bruising primary against a challenger popular with conservative and tea party groups and who has a history of attending neo-Confederate gatherings.

On Friday Cochran, 75, announced that he would run for reelection. For months it was unclear whether the six-term senator, one of the more senior members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, would run for another term.

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The Senate Conservatives Fund said Friday that its supporters say Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) need to be replaced and the National Republican Senatorial Committtee (NRSC) needs to be defunded.

In an email to supporters, Senate Conservatives Fund executive director Matt Hoskins said that results of a new poll show that the group's supporters want Graham, Alexander and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to be replaced.

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