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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Hillary Clinton likened aspects of Russia's involvement in Crimean Ukraine to Nazi Germany during a fundraising event, according to two people present.

Buzzfeed, citing two sources, reported that the former secretary of State said at a fundraiser on Tuesday that Russia's move to start issuing passports in Crimean Ukraine was akin to "population transfers" that happened in Nazi Germany during World War II.

"Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the 30s," Clinton said according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram. "All the Germans that were ... the ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying they’re not being treated right. I must go and protect my people and that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous."

"She compared issuing Russian passports to Ukrainians with ties to Russia with early actions by Nazi Germany before Hitler began invading neighboring countries," Harry Saltzgaver, editor of a chain of newspapers in Long Beach, said.

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) is finally done with that pesky Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX).

Cornyn handily won his party's nomination, winning with 63 percent of the vote against Stockman with 17 percent of the vote when the race was called by the Associated Press. The race was called with 2 percent of precincts reporting.

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Dallas Tea Party candidate Katrina Pierson was able to collect an impressive list of endorsements during her campaign to defeat Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX). Those endorsements included FreedomWorks, Sarah Palin, and Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

But then Arpaio un-endorsed Pierson saying she did not properly explain Sessions's position on immigration and amnesty.

In an interview with TPM on Tuesday, the evening of the Texas primary, Pierson said it really wasn't clear why Arpaio switched his support.

"Nobody sort of knows and he's sort of been radio silent on the whole thing," Pierson said. "All we can tell was from the release from Sessions' office is that he and Pete's dad were good buddies and he felt like that we misled him on amnesty and so I'm sure you also saw that the video of Mr. Sessions supporting amnesty's purpose so we're not quite sure what happened there."

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The presumed frontrunner in the North Carolina Republican primary for Senate once said Obamacare is a "great idea" but that it just can't be paid for.

In an interview on the Bill Lumaye Show in early February, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R), the presumed frontrunner in the GOP primary, said that Obamacare is a "great idea that can't be paid for."

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Almost half of all Arizonans support gay marriage, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey.

The poll, released Tuesday, found that 49 percent support same-sex marriage while 41 percent oppose it. That's a net change of 9 percentage points from when PPP surveyed the question in November 2011. Back then the pollster found that 44 percent said they support same-sex marriage while 45 percent oppose it.

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There's a chance that Texas Democrat Kesha Rogers, a supporter of Lyndon LaRouche, could advance to a runoff in Tuesday's Senate primaries.

Democrats have taken steps to stop Rogers from advancing to the general election in response to polls showing Rogers doing well. If Rogers did get the nomination, the Democratic candidate would be one who's repeatedly advocated for the impeachment of President Barack Obama, repealing Obamacare and replacing the shortage of jobs Wall Street has created in "agriculture, energy, water, space defense, and new resource development."

A signature marker of her campaign are posters of Obama with Hitler mustaches. Here are a few photos Roger's posted on her Senate campaign Facebook page below:

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In Texas, the Republican primaries are almost always the de facto elections. The difference with Tuesday's elections is a number of statewide races feature Republican primaries that offer both an establishment Republican candidate and an outside tea party favored candidate. That adds an extra wrinkle to a usually predictable affair.

On the Democratic side, all eyes are on state Sen. Wendy Davis whose win in the Democratic gubernatorial primary will be seen as an indicator of her chances of beating a strong Republican challenger.

"I would say the only interesting action is on the Republican side because the Democrats are long shots for all statewide offices and the only one who's attracted much attention is Wendy Davis and she has no meaningful opposition in the primary," Southern Methodist University political science professor Matthew Wilson told TPM on Monday.

Below are six points to keep in mind as election results come in.

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