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

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Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) primary challenger, Matt Bevin has been falling behind in polling and fundraising throughout the race, but he announced in the past few days that he was dumping his communications director and hiring a prominent tea partier.

Bevin's campaign confirmed to TPM on Monday that communications director Rachel Semmel left the campaign.

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Bill Kristol is at it once again and his latest forecast is a doozy: a Hillary Clinton- David Petraeus 2016 presidential ticket.

The former secretary of state is perhaps the most popular name mentioned as a 2016 presidential candidate. Petraeus had been mentioned as a presidential candidate before but those prospects sank after an extramarital affair triggered his resignation from the CIA.

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Conservatives are pretty excited about a new ad by Rep. Tom Cotton's (R-AR) Senate campaign featuring his old drill sergeant.

The campaign ad includes Cotton, who served a tour in the Army in Iraq and Afghanistan, describing how his drill sergeant taught him about "accountability, humility, and putting the unit before yourself."

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A North Carolina Republican Senate candidate who has been endorsed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) refused to say whether the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center were an inside job and instead said only that "things like this have to be asked."

The candidate is Dr. Greg Brannon, one of a handful of Republicans in the primary to defeat Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC). Brannon made the comments when he was a guest on a local radio talk show hosted by Bill LuMaye. The exchange, between Brannon and a caller, was highlighted by Mother Jones on Monday. Here's the exchange:

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Georgia state Sen. Jason Carter, the likely Democratic gubernatorial nominee and grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, suggested Monday that he would not stop the state from issuing license plates that included the Confederate flag if Carter was elected governor.

Carter made the comments during an interview with MSNBC's Chuck Todd on Monday. When asked, Carter at first Carter said that people have the right to put what they want on their cars.

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The United Auto Workers Union has decided to drop its push for another vote on allowing workers at a Volkswagen AG plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee to unionize.

"The UAW is ready to put February's tainted election in the rearview mirror and instead focus on advocating for new jobs and economic investment in Chattanooga," Bob King, the UAW president, said according to The Wall Street Journal.

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