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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

Something of a news bombshell broke on Monday when CNN's Chris Moody reported that Republicans seemed to have found a trick to get around election law: posting internal polls on publicly accessible Twitter accounts that could only be deciphered if you really knew what the collection of numbers meant. But many experts say as flagrantly as this may be flouting the spirit of the law, it's near-impossible to take those responsible for the scheme to task under the new era of election law.

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Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) requested to cast a proxy vote for House Democratic Caucus Leadership elections next week because she's pregnant and under instructions from her doctor not to travel before her due date in December. But the request by Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran who lost both her legs in combat in 2004, was denied, according to National Journal.

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Sen. Rand Paul hasn't announced his candidacy for president in 2016 just yet, but there are plenty of signs suggesting that he will. Politico's Playbook, for instance, pointed out that a large group of aides with all the makings of a nascent presidential campaign staff gathered at The Liaison hotel on Capitol Hill for a candidacy they believe is a "95 percent certainty."

But one thing's been hanging over Paul's and his supporters' heads: how does he get around Kentucky law that bars a candidate from running on the same ballot for two different jobs? Paul, after all, has said multiple times he plans to run for re-election in 2016.

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Earlier in the week new projections of Kansas' revenues said that there would have to be another round of deep budget cuts before the end of June in the ballpark of about $279 million — $239 million of which comes from Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's (R) deep tax cuts. But the situation might be worse than that.

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