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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

Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef suggested that state Sen. Chris McDaniel's (R-MS) campaign strategy has largely been aimed at dividing the state Republican party, and he may face an uphill battle in the general election if he wins.

Nosef made the remarks in an interview with TPM on Tuesday, another sign that that the bloody Republican primary has left dents in Mississippi GOP.

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Democrats are watching with bated breath on the outcome of the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Mississippi on Tuesday: if state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) pulls off a win over incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), the state could suddenly be put into play in a very tough year for Democrats to hold control of the Senate.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) seemed to tie himself into knots trying to explain whether Kentucky's state-based Obamacare exchange should be dismantled after his fellow Kentucky senator suggested it was "unconnected" to the law.

The question has been a trending topic in Kentucky over the last week or so since Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) puzzlingly argued that Obamacare should be repealed but Kynect, the Kentucky Obamacare exchange, should stay in place.

A reporter asked Paul if he thought Kynect should be dismantled. Paul responded that he was "not sure."

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A few hours after President Barack Obama announced that he had accepted the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) argued that the only way to fix the problems that resulted in Shineski's departure is through allowing veterans to opt out of the VA medical system.

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Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) is leading tea primary challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) in the GOP primary but it's a close race, according to a new poll by the Republican pollster Harper Polling.

The poll found Cochran leading McDaniel 45 percent to 40 percent with 15 percent still undecided.

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