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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Rep. Jack Kingston (GA), the Republican Senate candidate who suggested poor students should sweep floors to earn their school lunches, has a new ad out focused on his frugal ways.

Kingston in the ad, called "Responsibility," starts out describing the old station wagon he still drives.

"This car has been with the Kingston family for almost 20 years," Kingston said. "I drive it because it still runs. And growing up my parents taught me the value of every hard-earned dollar."

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Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI) is hitting back after the Michigan chapter of the anti-abortion group Right To Life posted on a website that he wants to "make sure abortion is accessible and cheap for his daughters."

"I’m proud to be the dad of two amazing teenage daughters, and I’m also proud of my record fighting to protect critical access to women’s health care," Peters said in a statement on Thursday. "Women’s health care is a serious and significant point of contrast in the U.S. Senate race, and it is outrageous that [Republican Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land’s] allies would cheapen this debate and distort my support for women’s health care. For Land’s special interest allies to include my teenage daughters in their attack crosses the line."

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Updated: March 20, 2014, 3:41 PM

North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-NC) has listed two different colleges as his alma mater. Tillis, who's running in the GOP primary to face Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), is a graduate of the University of Maryland but he actually went to the independent online school University of Maryland University College.

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Things got a little testy between Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) and MSNBC's Chuck Todd during an interview on Thursday.

At one point, while Todd was asking Emanuel about charter schools, the MSNBC host asked if public schools would one day all be application-based.

"Is this where public school is going, everything application-based? You have to apply to whatever school you want to go to?" Todd asked.

Emanuel replied "No. You know, Chuck, I'm going to get you a one-way ticket out of Washington. You need to get out of the thin air. It's affecting your brain."

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) invited a radio host who argued years ago that wives should "consent to at least some form of sexual relations as much as possible" to co-host a fundraiser for him on Wednesday in Camarillo, CA.

Dennis Prager will be hosting the $15,200-a-head fundraiser alongside radio host Hugh Hewitt, California insurance executive John Nelson, and CEO of Salem Communications Edward Astinger. The fundraiser was first reported by The Washington Examiner.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) primary challenger is making it known that journalists barred from McConnell campaign events are welcome at his campaign events.

Kentucky Republican Matt Bevin is dinging McConnell for excluding liberal-leaning LEO Weekly news editor Joe Sonka from a campaign event. Bevin's campaign said in a statement Wednesday that he would be holding a press conference on Thursday and that the "media availability is open to the press. Yes, even to Joe Sonka."

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Montana Tea Partiers don't want to be affiliated with a candidate who claims to be one of their own.

The Montana Tea Party Coalition is denying any connection to congressional candidate Drew Turiano who identifies himself as a tea party Republican, according to The Missoulian. None of the 17 member groups of the coalition said Turiano had been at their respective events.

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A staffer for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is leaving the Texas senator's office to form the Draft Ted Cruz for President group.

The staffer, Raz Shafer, announced his departure from Cruz's office where he had been regional director, in a blog post on RedState.com titled "It's Time to Draft Ted Cruz for President."

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Edwin Edwards, the former Louisiana governor now making another run for Congress, said he probably would have voted for President Barack Obama in 2012 but implied he was unable to because of his previous conviction.

"I'm sorry to say where I was, there were no voting machines. I was in prison," Edwards said in an interview with MSNBC's Chuck Todd on Wednesday. "I would've probably voted for President Obama because I, like the rest of the nation, was caught up in his rhetoric and the bright future that should be available to us today. But I'm very disappointed in what he's done. The Keystone pipeline should be approved."

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