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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Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-MA) former national finance chairman told a number of potential donors that the senator will not run for president in 2016, according to Buzzfeed.  

The former chairman, Paul Egerman, who helped Warren raise $42 million in 2012, has been contacted by potential donors over the last few weeks and said that, contrary to speculation in The New Republic and The Daily Beast that Warren would be a progressive candidate to challenge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a potential 2016 field.

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Mitt Romney endorsed Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) for re-election in the Republican primary for Idaho's 2nd Congressional District. 

Romney made the endorsement on Monday in a fundraising email. 

"Congressman Mike Simpson is a proven conservative and ‘Idaho tough,’” Romney wrote in the fundraising email according to Roll Call. “But some groups from outside Idaho have decided to attack Mike and distort his conservative record. He needs our help to fight back and set the record straight."

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The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee reported out-raising its Republican counterpart in October, a month in which the federal government underwent a 16-day shutdown. 

Senate Democrats' campaign arm reported raising $4.8 million, $1 million more than the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the DSCC reported Monday. The DSCC finished the month with $11.1 million cash on hand and $6.2 million in debt while the NRSC had $5 million cash on hand but no debt. 

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The Justice Department's Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California joined in on San Francisco's transformation into Gotham for a day, issuing a fake press release and indictment of supervillains "The Riddler" and "The Penguin" on Friday.

It's all part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation's project to turn the city into Gotham for 5-year-old Miles, whose leukemia is in remission. Miles spent the day as "Batkid" fighting crime and saving citizens. In the process, he also apprehended both the Penguin and the Riddler who, according to the North District's press release, "were formally arrested today and charged with multiple counts of conspiracy and kidnapping for their all too familiar villainous ways in Gotham City." 

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The Democratic Governor's Association isn't taking a side on Democratic South Carolina gubernatorial candidate state Sen. Vincent Sheheen's support for the state's same-sex marriage ban.

In an interview with The State newspaper DGA spokesman Danny Kanner was asked whether Sheheen's opposition to gay marriage would be a problem for the DGA, since Democrats have nationally embraced same-sex marriage and other protections for LGBT individuals.

"This is Vincent Sheheen's race and we support candidates who share the policy priorities and values of their state as that candidate best sees those carried out," Kanner told the newspaper in response. "That's his view. The DGA does not have a view on that issue. Our view is we need to elect more Democratic governors. And we believe Vincent Sheheen can win."

In a follow-up email to TPM, Kanner said, "The mission of the DGA is to elect more Democratic governors, not to dictate policy positions to candidates. We do not have litmus tests."

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) hit back at Daily Show host Jon Stewart for trashing Chicago-style pizza as inferior to New York-style pizza. 

Emanuel's office on Thursday ordered two deep dish style pizza with anchovies from New York's Pizzeria Uno to the Daily Show offices with a note that read "Jon, Deep Dish with Dead Fish. Love, Rahm," according to the Chicago Tribune

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House Republicans will gain seats in the 2014 election, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee said Friday.

"I think we clearly have the ability to net gain seats in 2014," NRCC Chairman Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast.

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