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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Turkish President Abdullah Gül took a big Twitter hit after signing a controversial Internet law.

Gül lost a whopping 80,000 followers after tweeting on Tuesday that he signed a controversial bill that tightens the government's control over the internet, according to Agence France-Presse. Before signing the bill Gül was considered the best hope for stopping the bill, according to Jenna Krajeski in a blog post at The New Yorker.

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A Republican congressional candidate in Nevada is arguing that legislation that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is segregation.

The candidate, Cresent Hardy, called the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, which prohibits employers from discriminating against their employees based on sexual orientation, a "segregation" law. The Employee Nondiscrimination Act has passed the Senate, but has yet to be taken up by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Hardy is running for Nevada's 4th Congressional District. Hardy is a member of the Nevada state assembly.

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Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) is sticking with Fox News.

On Wednesday Brown pushed back on reports that he had ended his contract with the channel.

"It is incorrect," Brown said according to The Washington Post on Wednesday. Brown's comments were in response to reports that the former Massachusetts senator "is currently out of contract with the network."

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The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee out-fundraised its Republican counterpart in January.

The DSCC said it raised $6.55 in January, a record haul for the committee. The committee currently has $15 million cash on hand with $2.5 million in debt. Meanwhile the National Republican Senatorial Committee reported raising $4.62 million in January leaving it with $10 million cash on hand and no debt.

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The twitter account belonging to state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) retweeted a tweet from an account that appears to back a a hard-right Greek political party and regularly publishes white supremacist tweets.

The @senatormcdaniel twitter account on Sunday retweeted a message from RRSmith #WR (@rrsray).

The bio for the account says the author is located in "Occupied CSA." The description reads: "Nationalist, staunch proponent of 2nd & 10th Amendment, GoldenDawn & Southern Nationalism." Golden Dawn is a hard-right Greek political group that is often labeled fascist or neo-Nazi.

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A state employee in Kentucky was fired for appearing in a campaign video for secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D-KY), the likely Democratic nominee to face Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in the state's general election.

The employee, Charles Booker, worked for the Legislative Research Commission in Kentucky. The acting director of the LRC, Marcia Seiler, confirmed to the Louisville Courier-Journal that Booker does not work for the agency anymore.

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During her time in office then-Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R-MI) promised to cut down on identification fraud but the opposite seems to have happened.

Land's Senate campaign now argues that during her time in office she was successful in "rooting out fraudulent activity" in Michigan. But while she was secretary of State the federal government noted that Michigan had become an "epicenter of identification fraud nationwide" according to The Washington Examiner.

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