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

Former President George W. Bush donated $5,000 to Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) re-election campaign, according to Graham's latest campaign finance report.

"I am extremely grateful and honored to have President George W. Bush's support," Graham said in a statement according to The State newspaper of South Carolina. "With every passing day, Americans appreciate more and more President Bush's clarity on the War on Terror and his strong support of the private sector."

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Michigan Democrat Bobby McKenzie announced his candidacy for Rep. Kerry Bentivolio's (R-MI) House seat on Thursday. 

McKenzie's announcement means that Bentivolio, who caught national attention for saying it would be a "dream come true" to impeach President Barack Obama, now has a challenger in both the primary and general election.

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While Iowa State Rep.-elect Brian Meyer (D) was sitting in Applebee's Wednesday evening watching the World Series when he got an unexpected call from Vice President Joe Biden. 

"I was obviously surprised, and I didn't think anyone was paying attention to a little special election in the middle of Iowa," Meyer told The Huffington Post. "It was a pleasant surprise to hear from the vice president." 

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Republican Matt Bevin has been endorsed by the Gun Owners of America, Bevin's Kentucky Senate campaign announced Thursday.  

The Gun Owners of America is a pro-gun lobby that falls farther to the right than the National Rifle Association. According to Bevin's campaign, the lobby said "Matt Bevin will not be a follower, but a leader who is willing to uncompromisingly fight for our liberties."

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Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, is now facing a primary challenge from Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum.

Linthicum announced his primary challenge Wednesday, according to The Oregonian. In an interview with the Oregon newspaper Linthicum said Walden has made a career out of being a politician.

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More Arkansas blame Democrats for the government shutdown than Republicans, according to a new poll.

The 15th Annual University of Arkansas poll released Wednesday found that more Arkansans blame Democrats and President Barack Obama for the shutdown than Republicans, with 37 percent of respondents and 39 percent over all saying the shutdown was Obama's fault. Meanwhile, 26 percent of respondents and 27 percent of likely voters blame Congressional Republicans.

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Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), the recently announced primary challenger for Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-Miss) Senate seat, spoke at a neo-Confederate conference in Laurel, Mississippi in August, according to Mother Jones.

The conference was hosted by the Jones County Rosin Heels, a local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Invitations for the event described it as a "Southern Heritage Conference" intended for "politically incorrect folks." Actually, Mother Jones also noted, that event was the second Jones County Rosin Heels event he recently attended. In June McDaniel was the keynote speaker at the Division Reunion in Jackson, also hosted by the Jones County Rosin Heels.

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