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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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The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) one of the "nastiest and most anti-Tea Party incumbents in America."

That charge came in an endorsement of McConnell's GOP primary opponent, Matt Bevin.

"It's official. We just endorsed conservative Matt Bevin in his race against Mitch McConnell," the Fund said in a statement released by the Bevin campaign. "We are going to launch an unprecedented grassroots campaign to help elect this great man…And he's challenging one of the nastiest and most anti-Tea Party incumbents in America."

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Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is under attack from a Republican women's advocacy group — with two men with deep ties to the organization.

The men linked to RedState Women, the group that came under fire for attacking equal pay, are former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) chief of staff Mike Toomey and Dave Carney, who the Dallas Morning News describes as a Texas "political guru." Toomey also previously ran Perry's presidential super PAC in 2012.

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In Sen. David Vitter's (R-LA) book, conservative billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch are some of the most "patriotic Americans" in the history of the planet.

Vitter made the comments during a March 18 town hall at Blanchard Elementary School in Blanchard, Louisiana.

"I think the Koch Brothers are two of the most patriotic Americans in the history of the Earth," Vitter said. That line sparked applause from the audience.

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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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