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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

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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Further details of the alleged conspiracy surrounding a nursing home "break-in" which involved a group of conservative tea partiers in Mississippi have been revealed, including a Facebook correspondence with "Obi Wan Kenobi" and why Kelly chose to take the photograph on Easter Sunday.

A recently released set of incident reports and affidavits of the arrest of the men charged in relation to political blogger "Constitutional" Clayton Kelly offers more clues into exactly how Kelly ended up going to the nursing home of Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) wife and taking her picture to use in an anti-Cochran video.

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The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler, who writes the paper's Fact Checker blog, is calling out Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for his puzzling argument that Obamacare should be repealed while Kentucky's state-based Obamacare exchange, Kynect, should remain intact.

Since McConnell made the claim he's been inundated with criticism from Democrats as well as one of Kentucky's largest newspapers. Kessler followed up to earlier statements released by the McConnell campaign about his comments with McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton.

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Former Rep. Mel Reynolds (D-IL) blamed the Chicago media for its "double standard" against him and misreporting a bizarre story of espionage, Zimbabwe jailing and charges of filming pornographic videos while also cutting business deals in the country.

"Why is there a double standard when it comes to Mel Reynolds?" the former congressman asked at a press conference on Wednesday according to The Chicago Tribune.

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President Barack Obama found a new report by the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General "deeply troubling," according to White House press secretary Jay Carney.

Obama had been briefed on the reports findings White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Wednesday. The report, which sampled 226 appointments, found that the average wait time for patients was 115 days before their first appointment at the Phoenix VA hospital. The report also found that 84 percent of veterans were forced to wait over the 14-day period set by the VA as a goal at the hospital. The hospital reported to the VA in 2013 that the average wait time was 24 days, a dramatic contrast with the wait time reality.

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Add Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) to the list of Democrats attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for saying Obamacare should be repealed but Kentucky's Obamacare exchange, Kynect, should stay in place.

That statement by McConnell's campaign has sparked criticism by both the Lexington Herald Leader editorial board and Jonathan Hurst, the campaign manager for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, who's running against McConnell.

Here's Beshear's response, passed to TPM on Wednesday in response to questions about McConnell's position:

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