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.

Articles by Daniel

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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Kentucky's largest newspaper slammed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for allowing his staff to bar a reporter from a press conference earlier in the week.

In a blistering new editorial on Wednesday The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky criticized McConnell and his staff for blocking Joe Sonka, news editor for the liberal leaning LEO Weekly alt-weekly newspaper from attending a press conference featuring McConnell and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).

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The hot new Republican candidate in the Colorado Senate race is doing about as well as the old tea party one Republicans felt could blow their chances there, according to a new poll.

Public Policy Polling released a new survey Tuesday which found Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) leading Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) in a head-to-head matchup with Udall getting 42 percent support while Gardner (pictured) gets 40 percent support.

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Wordless political ads campaigns post that many say are likely meant to help super PACs could break federal law, according to campaign finance watchdogs.

That argument came up after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) campaign posted an ad of what appeared to be b-roll* of McConnell smiling and posing with voters in various shots. Observers speculated that the ad was really meant for pro-McConnell super PACs to use. It is illegal for those organizations to coordinate with the campaigns.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) isn't just okay with the new #McConnelling viral meme, poking fun at an ad of b-roll footage* of the Minority Leader by setting it to any song; he actually likes it.

"You've got to be able to do that in this business," McConnell said at a campaign event on Monday according to Time magazine. "It's nice to have some fun occasionally."

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