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

Rep. Michael Grimm's (R-NY) Democratic challenger is looking to capitalize on his outburst against a reporter he threatened to "break in half" and throw over a balcony railing at the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday night.

In a fundraising email Domenic Recchia, the Democrat seeking to defeat Grimm in the 2014 elections, writes that Grimm's behavior was "unbefitting of a United States Congressman."

"It’s time for Michael Grimm to go," Recchia continued in the fundraising pitch. "He continues to be an embarrassment to his district and to his constituents.

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President Barack Obama's pollster has a warning for Republicans: pushing for an immigration reform bill that does not include a path to citizenship could permanently damage their standing with Hispanic voters.

"I think that any immigration bill that the Republicans advocate that stops short of a pathway to citizenship is going to damage them permanently with Hispanic voters," the pollster, Joel Benenson, said Wednesday at an event hosted by the Third Way think tank. "They don't want to be treated as second class people, they don't want to be treated as second-class citizens. They want to earn their right to citizenship, they're willing to. And if the Republicans stay entrenched on that issue where they are now I don't think there's any short-term path for them to regain Hispanic voters."

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State Sen. Wendy Davis's (D) new pollster thinks the media could have done a better job on recent reporting of the Democratic gubernatorial candidate's life story.

Joel Benenson, who joined the campaign earlier this month, said news outlets had repeatedly made "outrageous" mistakes in reporting on Davis's life story. Benenson's comments, during an event hosted by the Third Way think tank on Wednesday, come after reports that Davis blurred aspects of her life story. Conservatives have tried to capitalize on this by branding Davis a serial liar.

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Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) tried to take the humble route during confirmation hearings on his nomination as the next U.S. ambassador to China.

"I’m no real expert on China. But it’s my strong belief that Chinese people are just as proud as we Americans are proud," Baucus said during his Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearings on Tuesday.

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Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) has a recommendation for conservative outside groups getting involved in the special election for outgoing Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-OK) Senate seat: don't bother.

"Groups coming from outside the state, coming to try and set the agenda, sorry," Cole said in an interview with Roll Call on Tuesday. "You are welcome to come, but you ought to look at your track record."

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Venture capitalist Tom Perkins said he made a mistake using the word "Kristallnacht" when he compared critiquing inequality slanted in the wealthiest one percent of Americans' favor to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany.

But Perkins also said he did not regret the point of his message, which came in a three-paragraph letter to the editor in The Wall Street Journal. He said "I don't regret the message at all."

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Update: January 27, 2014, 6:43 PM

Venture Capitalist Tom Perkins recently reached new levels of notoriety for writing a three-paragraph argument comparing Kristallnacht during the Holocaust to liberals' critique of inequality in the United States.

"Writing from the epicenter of progressive thought, San Francisco, I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its 'one percent,' namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the "rich," Perkins, a founding member of the venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield and Byers, wrote in a letter to the editor in The Wall Street Journal on Friday. He later doubled-down on the argument, arguing the "racial discrimination" in Nazi Germany manifested itself as "class demonization."

Perkins, on Monday, said he regretted using the word Kristallnacht in his Wall Street Journal piece. He cautioned though that he did not regret the message behind the letter to the editor.

Perkins is no stranger to the media spotlight, even in terms of legendary Silicon Valley tycoons. Here are four things to know about the wildly successful entrepreneur:

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