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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Sen. John Cornyn's (R-TX) re-election campaign is straight out mocking Rep. Steve Stockman's (R-TX) accusation that the incumbent senator is a "liberal."

Stockman, who on Monday filed to run in the Republican primary against Cornyn, sent out a rambling fundraising email on Tuesday accusing Cornyn of being a backstabbing liberal.

"You are in a foxhole fighting to save our constitutional Republic ... and the last thing you need is a Republican bayonet in your back. But that's what liberal John Cornyn has been doing to you every day. And we have less than 90 days to stop him. I'm conservative Congressman Steve Stockman, and I am running for United States Senate against liberal John Cornyn."

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on Wednesday the prospect of lawmakers leaving Washington, D.C. for the holidays without tackling unemployment benefits is "absolutely unconscionable."

Pelosi's comments at a Democratic press conference came less than 24 hours after House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and his Senate counterpart, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), unveiled a new budget deal. The $1.014 trillion deal does not include an extension of unemployment benefits. Democrats on Wednesday suggested the deal seemed more on the better side of what they could get.

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Rep. Steve Stockman's (R-TX) decision to challenge Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) in the Republican primary shows how far to the right the Republican party is, the chairman of the Texas Democratic Party told TPM.

"I think this race with Cornyn and Stockman tells you everything," Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa told TPM on Tuesday. "That even when you moved to the right, like John Cornyn has moved to the right, it is never far enough to the right for the Republican Party. I mean this guy voted against the Violence Against Women's Act. He voted against Sonya Sotomayor."

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said he's looking forward to the Republican primary in response to Rep. Steve Stockman's decision to jump into the race.

"I look forward to the primary. There are six or seven of us in the race. We'll see who gets traction and who doesn't, but none of us are entitled to these positions," Cornyn said, according to the Dallas Morning News on Tuesday.

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Rep. Steve Stockman's (R-TX) first campaign fundraising email pegs Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) as "liberal."

"Dear patriot, You are in a foxhole fighting to save our constitutional Republic… …and the last thing you need is a Republican bayonet in your back," Stockman writes in the fundraising email sent out Tuesday, a day after he jumped into the Texas Republican primary against Cornyn. "But that’s what liberal John Cornyn has been doing to you every day."

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Tea party candidates are making it known how they feel about the emerging budget framework crafted by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-WA): they hate it.

Here are statements by a trio of conservatives running challenges to incumbent Republicans.

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The chief of staff for Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) is running for the House seat being vacated for Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX).

After Stockman filed to run for Sen. John Cornyn's seat (R-TX), Doug Centilli was one of five candidates who quickly filed to run for Stockman's seat. A spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee confirmed to TPM that the Centilli who filed for Stockman's seat is the same Centilli who serves as Brady's chief of staff.

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Rep. Steve Stockman's (R-TX) surprise decision to run against Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) in the 2014 Republican primary pits one of the loudest conservative House Republicans against one of the most conservative Senate Republicans.

Stockman was first elected during the Republican wave in 1994 after losing a congressional election four years earlier. He was defeated by Democrat Nick Lampson in 1996 before returning to the House of Representatives in 2012.

Here are nine things to know about Cornyn's new primary challenger:

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