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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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre warned of a vast opposition of united "elite media" and political culture that's out to get the NRA and its supporters.

LaPierre delivered the remarks during a wide-ranging speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday.

"The political and media elites are lying to us. You know they are. They lie bills into law," LaPierre said. He then pivoted to the Internal Revenue Service suggesting the Obama administration has used it to attack NRA supporters. "The IRS is now a weapon, a weapon to punish anyone who disagrees with us. And that means every one of you."

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Even though they lost their booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the president of the American Atheists decided to still attend the conference.

In an interview with TPM, David Silverman, the president of the atheist advocacy group, said that his booting from the conference was based on an unfair claim.

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) argued that the defeat of President Barack Obama's pick to lead a key division of the Justice Department was not about racism but rather because Debo Adegbile participated in an "anti-American campaign" to defend Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal.

"This was always about the principle that no one should be able to make a mockery of our criminal justice system, fan the flames of racial strife in America, join a dishonest, international anti-American campaign, along the way drag the family of a fallen police officer with three decades of health and then be burned by most of the Justice Department," Toomey said during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday.

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) compared GOP party conflicts to an Irish family reunion or "creative tension" rather than a civil war.

Ryan, who has Irish ancestors, made the comments during one of the earliest speeches at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday.

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Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) may have lost his bid for Senate but that doesn't mean he's out of politics forever.

"We had fun, and we'll probably do statewide again," Stockman said in an interview with the Dallas Morning News on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the Texas primary where Stockman received what might conservatively be called a shellacking against Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) in the Republican primary.

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Kesha Rogers expects her Senate platform of impeaching President Barack Obama and repealing Obamacare to carry her to victory in the Texas Democratic primary -- and said that Obama's support for "Nazis in Ukraine" makes him like Hitler.

Rogers, an acolyte of the cultish fringe political icon Lyndon LaRouche, was able to make it to the runoff in the Democratic primary for Sen. John Cornyn's (R-TX) seat with 21.7 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary. She now faces dentist David Alameel to get the nomination and face Cornyn. Democrats, fearing Rogers as the Democratic nominee, have actively worked try and stop her from making it past the primary.

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The leader of the Tea Party Patriots says she and her group did not endorse Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), as he said they had on his website a few days before the Texas Republican primary.

Stockman was a long shot challenger to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). His campaign struggled in gaining any significant endorsements and the Texas congressman instead had to highlight past praise from lawmakers that was not directed at his bid to replace Cornyn.

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Illinois' Attorney General encouraged all of the state's counties to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, citing a ruling allowing Illinois' Cook County clerk to begin issuing licenses.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) made the call in a Tuesday letter to the Macon County Clerk who asked for guidance after a February ruling by U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman that allowed Cook County to start issuing marriage licenses, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.

The February ruling allowed same-sex couples to get married now, before the state's new law legalizing same-sex marriage was scheduled to go into effect on June 1.

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Media Matters for America is releasing a sort of Wikipedia for conservative misinformation.

The site, Mythopedia, which was shared with TPM ahead of its release, is meant to be an online compendium of truths and lies peddled by conservatives. The website's unveiling comes a day before the Conservative Political Action Conference.

"The week of CPAC seemed like the most appropriate time to launch a fact-checking tool, like Mythopedia, as I’m sure we’re going to be confronted with both old and new right-wing lies during the conference," Media Matters president Bradley Beychok said in a statement.

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