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

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) promised to stay out of Republican primary fights, signaling to the Republican establishment that he be a team player as a vice chair on the National Republican Senatorial Committee. But the junior senator from Texas and tea party favorite has quietly made to sure to keep least one toe in the camp of anti-establishment Republicans running for office.

"I disagree with what the NRSC has done," Cruz said during an interview on Thursday with Politico. "When I took on the role, leadership had told me they had learned the lessons from 2010 to stay out of primaries."

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Rep. Ed Pastor (D-AZ) is retiring from Congress.

He announced on Thursday that he would not seek another term as congressman of the Seventh District of Arizona. Pastor, 70, has served in Congress for 23 years.

"I’ve been in public office for 39 years and it’s been a pleasure to serve the people of Arizona," Pastor said in a statement on Thursday according to Roll Call. "After 23 in Congress, I feel it’s time for me to seek out a new endeavor. It’s been a great honor, a great experience and a great joy for me to serve in Congress. I think it’s time for me to do something else."

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There was something of a switcheroo in the Colorado Republican primary: after news broke that Rep. Cory Gardner (R) would run for Senate against Sen. Mark Udall (D), tea partier Ken Buck decided he would drop out of the Senate race to run for Gardner's House seat instead.

"I have talked to Cory and I feel that he would be a great candidate for the U.S. Senate," Buck told CBS Denver on Wednesday after news broke about Gardner. "I am stepping aside so he can run against Mark Udall."

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Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) said there were efforts within a Tennessee Volkswagen plant to intimidate workers to join the United Auto Workers Union. Those efforts, Corker said, happened during a vote by the workers on whether to join the union or not.

His comments came during a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Thursday, days after the workers in the plant voted not to join the union. Since then the UAW has appealed the ruling, citing Corker and other Republican lawmakers who threatened to rescind tax benefits for Volkswagen if workers voted to join a union.

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) praised Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) for vetoing a controversial anti-gay bill on Wednesday.

"I appreciate the decision made by Governor Brewer to veto this legislation," McCain said in a statement released shortly after Brewer announced her veto. "I hope that we can now move on from this controversy and assure the American people that everyone is welcome to live, work and enjoy our beautiful State of Arizona."

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The openly lesbian mayor of Houston isn't surprised by a federal judge's ruling that the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional.

In a statement, Houston Mayor Annise Parker (D) said that the ruling is just another step in the direction Texas is headed.

"This is not a surprise. I have known all along that this is where we are heading in my home state and across the country," Parker said in a statement. "It is one more step in a long quest for equal rights that will end at the Supreme Court. I am pleased to see that this federal judge is following the same line of reasoning that led me to recognize same sex spouses for the purposes of city business."

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