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

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) described Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) as a guy that supported al Qaeda.

Gohmert's description came Friday during a panel discussion of Republican lawmakers at the Values Voter Summit. Gohmert mentioned McCain as he discussed the government shutdown.

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The House of Representatives must keep "standing strong" in its fight to defund Obamacare, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Friday during a speech at the Values Voter Summit.

"Listen, in my view nobody knows what the House of Representatives is going to do in this Obamacare fight right now," Cruz said. "In my view it's to keep doing what it's been doing which is standing strong. And that is the model for every other fight. We need no other Washington solutions we need to go back to the American people."

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No other presidential administration has been like the Obama administration on guns, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Friday.

"No administration is the history of this country has ever come after guns like this administration," Cruz said during a speech at the Values Voter Summit on Friday.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) said he is unapologetic about efforts by himself and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to defund Obamacare as part of negotiations to fund the federal government. 

Speaking Friday at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, Lee, who helped spearhead a GOP effort to only fund the government if Obamacare is defunded, said he and Cruz, who quickly became the standard bearer of the movement, did not regret making the push. 

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As Election Day in the Virginia gubernatorial election nears, new polling increasingly shows Democrat Terry McAuliffe has a significant lead over Republican opponent Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in the race.

Though the reasons for Cuccinelli's flagging campaign are complex, one of the stalking horses may well be his very record as attorney general. He's known for using his position to aggressively pursue the pet issues of social conservatives. McAuliffe's campaign began using his socially conservative record as attorney general against him, especially as those cases are beginning to fall apart in court.

Here are four legal battles that are coming back to haunt Cuccinelli.

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Former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder (D) endorsed Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia gubernatorial race on Thursday.

The endorsement is something of a boon for the McAuliffe campaign as he refused to endorse Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, the Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate, four years ago. In an interview with TPM in 2009 Wilder said that if Bob McDonnell (R), now the governor of Virginia, won the race, "Virginia won't sink into the seas." And in May Wilder said that McAuliffe had "to get gravitas" in the race against Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate in the Virginia gubernatorial race.

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) may throw the weight of his gun control group Mayors Against Illegal Guns into the Virginia governor's race, according to a report in TIME magazine on Thursday.

The TIME cover story said that Bloomberg is considering whether to "sink more money into the Virginia governor's race this year to support the candidate more in favor of gun control." Democrat Terry McAuliffe has voiced support for strengthening background checks, while his opponent, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R), has taken a pro-gun position.

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Count Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) among the number of lawmakers showing openness to a short-term debit limit increase deal.

After news broke that House Republicans would be discussing a six-week debt limit increase plan Bachmann, the Tea Party favorite, suggested that she could support the deal. The plan reportedly does not include a provision that would end the government shutdown.

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The Associated Press quickly retracted a story published Wednesday night that reported that Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe lied to a federal official investigating a fraud scheme.  

The report identified McAuliffe as the individual referred to as "T.M." in a 2011 indictment related to the criminal investigation of Rhode Island estate planner Joseph Caramadre, the man who reportedly created a scheme to steal death benefit annuities from people.

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