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

One of the Republicans running in the South Carolina primary for Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) said he is for self-deportation of immigrants who have entered the United States illegally. 

"I’m supportive of self-deportation," state Sen. Lee Bright (R-SC) said Thursday at a tea party event in South Carolina. "And if they don’t want to leave, if they break the law, I’m for taking them out and sending them back to wherever they came from because basically they need to observe our laws. So if they break the law I’m in favor of us deporting. If it comes down to a situation, I’m for self-deportation. I don’t believe in rewarding people for breaking the law."

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Wyoming Republican Senate candidate Liz Cheney released a new ad Monday highlighting her family's history in the state.

The ad, titled "Daughters," features Cheney's three daughters recounting the Cheney family's "deep roots" in Wyoming starting when Cheney's ancestors first came to the state in 1852. They also mention that former Vice President Dick Cheney hails from the state, where he was a representative in Congress.

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State Sen. Mark Obenshain (R) will consider whether to call for a recount in the Virginia attorney general race over the next few days, the Obenshain campaign said Monday.

The Obenshain campaign's statement came shortly after the Virginia Board of Elections certified the election results which showed state Sen. Mark Herring (D) barely winning the race by just 165 votes, well within the margin required for Obenshain to call for a recount.

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The Virginia State Board of Elections certified state Sen. Mark Herring (D) as the winner of the Virginia attorney general race on Monday.

The board confirmed that Herring won by a slim 165-vote margin, beating Sen. Mark Obenshain, the Republican candidate in the race.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) "lit into" Midland University President and Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse in a private sit-down meeting for associating himself with the Senate Conservatives Fund, according to a report in National Review on Monday.

Sasse, who is running in the Republican primary for Senate, sat down with McConnell on November 12 to try and extinguish some tension between the two over his association with SCF and also a YouTube video Sasse posted in which he said that called for "every Republican in Washington, starting with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, to show some actual leadership." SCF has endorsed Sasse in the Republican primary for retiring Sen. Mike Johanns's (R-NE) Senate seat.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) re-election campaign has a response for the Senate Conservatives Fund's (SCF) accusation that McConnell rolled over as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) changed Senate filibuster rules: that's "profoundly stupid."

"That argument is so profoundly stupid that it is hard to fully ascertain whether their deficiency is in math or logic," McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore told TPM on Friday. "It does however help further illuminate why SCF is so bad at what they do."

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) does not expect the "War on Women" to be an effective line of attack against him in his 2014 re-election campaign. 

Speaking at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Friday, Walker, who signed a controversial bill that requires women seeking an abortion to first get an ultrasound, shot down the idea that he could be vulnerable to accusations that he is pushing socially conservative legislation that rolls back women's rights. Walker said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) tried to do that in the 2010 gubernatorial election to little success. 

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The campaign manager for Rep. Bill Cassidy's (R-LA) Senate campaign tweeted out a link to a photo of Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) face superimposed on the body of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini an hour after a conservative Louisiana blog posted the image.

Cassidy is one of the Republicans running against Landrieu in 2014.

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