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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The Club for Growth -- the tea party friendly, free market group that has been a major thorn in the side of Republican incumbents it deems insufficiently conservative -- announced Tuesday morning that it would stay out of the GOP primary for Sen. John Cornyn's (R-TX) Senate seat.

The announcement comes a day after Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) filed to run against Cornyn in the GOP primary, roughly 15 minutes before the filing deadline on Monday evening.

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The Senate Conservatives Fund has endorsed tea party candidate Dr. Milton Wolf in the race for Sen. Pat Robert's (R-KS) Senate seat. 

"Dr. Milton Wolf is a principled conservative who will fight to stop the massive spending, bailouts, and debt that are bankrupting our country," Senate Conservatives Fund Executive Director Matt Hoskins said in a statement obtained by TPM on Tuesday.  

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In an unexpected move late Monday just before the qualifying deadline, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) jumped into the Republican primary against Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), setting up what will be one of the most-watched tea party v. GOP establishment clashes of the 2014 cycle.

Stockman, one of the more outspoken conservative members of the House of Representatives -- he once threatened impeachment of President Obama over using an executive order to try and reduce gun violence -- announced his candidacy for Cornyn's seat on Monday in an interview with WND.com.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is scheduled to fundraise for Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) next Wednesday.

McConnell will reportedly serve as the special guest at a fundraiser for Cochran, who just announced Friday that he would run for a seventh term. A Senate aide confirmed that McConnell is featured on an invitation for the fundraiser for Cochran. 

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Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) decision to seek a seventh term sets up what's likely to be a highly bruising primary against a challenger popular with conservative and tea party groups and who has a history of attending neo-Confederate gatherings.

On Friday Cochran, 75, announced that he would run for reelection. For months it was unclear whether the six-term senator, one of the more senior members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, would run for another term.

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