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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 Republican candidate for Congress in Montana compared former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the anti-Christ.

The candidate, state Sen. Ryan Zinke, is one of five Republicans competing for the nomination to succeed Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT) who is likely to run for the seat being vacated by Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT).

At his campaign kickoff event, according to the Bigfork Eagle, Zinke said "we need to focus on the real enemy." He then went on to criticize Clinton calling her the "anti-Christ."

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Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) accused MSNBC of blowing out of proportion the recent snowstorm in Atlanta that has paralyzed parts of the city.

Speaking on MSNBC on Friday Barbour, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, defended Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's (R) handling of the city and the state's response to the storm.

"Yeah, Andrea, I know y'all want to make a really, really, really, really, really, really big deal out of this. But the fact of the matter is, governors and mayors, Republicans or Democrats, get faced with choices 'cause the weather service says it couldn't really be a a bad storm," Barbour told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell. "You go out and spend millions and millions of dollars, and then it's not a bad storm."

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The Club for Growth is loudly touting that it has hired a consulting firm blacklisted by establishment Republicans for working with outside tea party groups.

Club for Growth announced Friday that it had hired Jamestown Associates, which both the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee had banned for working with groups like The Senate Conservatives Fund to create attack ads against incumbent Republican lawmakers.

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One of the finance chairs for Rep. Jack Kingston's (R-GA) Senate campaign complained on Facebook about "'men' in Atlanta" who need to "drink less cosmotinis" and stop complaining about the city's response to a recent snowstorm.

Philip Wilheit Jr., whose father also ran the campaign for Gov. Nathan Deal (R), wrote that on his Facebook page after Deal had attracted criticism for the poor management of emergency procedures that left the city looking like a set for The Walking Dead.

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As it becomes clearer that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will survive his primary challenge from tea party favorite Matt Bevin, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) has been playing up an emerging theme as the general election approaches: Jobs.

Earlier this month Grimes released an ambitious jobs plan for the state. When McConnell released an ad touting how he'd helped one constituent diagnosed with cancer, Grimes hit back with an ad focusing on jobs, rather than playing up McConnell's steady opposition to Obamacare, which has helped insure over 130,000 Kentuckians under the new law -- beating almost every other state in signups.

"If you look at Mitch McConnell's record it is clear that the only job he has been looking out for in the past 28 years is his own," Grimes told TPM in an interview.

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Sandra Fluke is considering running for outgoing Rep. Henry Waxman's (D-CA) House seat.

Fluke floated the idea on Thursday, after Waxman announced that he would not run for reelection.

"I'm flattered that I'm being discussed as a potential candidate," Fluke told Southern California radio station KPCC. "A number of folks I respect very deeply have reached out today and encouraged me to run. I am strongly considering running."

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South Carolina State Sen. Lee Bright (R), one of a handful of challengers in the Republican primary running to defeat Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), has been endorsed by Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), who has gained little traction in his primary challenge against Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX).

Stockman himself has struggled to gain endorsements in his current campaign. After The Washington Post pointed out Stockman had listed endorsements from people who had endorsed the congressman for his House seat -- not for his bid against Cornyn -- Stockman removed the list from his campaign website.

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MSNBC President Phil Griffin has apologized to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus for a tweet by the network that ignited a conservative firestorm

Griffin issued a personal apology for the entire episode on Thursday.

"The tweet last night was outrageous and unacceptable. We immediately acknowledged that it was offensive and wrong, apologized, and deleted it. We have dismissed the person responsible for the tweet," Griffin said in a statement according to The Huffington Post. "I personally apologize to Mr. Priebus and to everyone offended. At msnbc we believe in passionate, strong debate about the issues and we invite voices from all sides to participate. That will never change."

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Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said that Rep. Henry Waxman's (D-CA) retirement is a sign that Democrats are on the defensive this year.

"The House Democrats don't think they're going to be wielding the gavels," the Washington Post reported Walden's reaction to the Waxman news on Thursday.

"I think we will pick up seats," Walden continued, according to Politico. "In a good night in a good year, which I think this will be, we will pick up seats. I’m not going to project is that six or 30, others will do that, the long and the short of it is the field is narrower, the intensity will be higher and where you’re vulnerable is where you have your members in the other party’s seats and the other party is not doing real well."

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