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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.

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Sen. Al Franken (D-MN)'s re-election campaign is fundraising with comedienne and fellow Saturday Night Live alum Amy Poehler.

The campaign sent a fundraising email out to supporters on Thursday featuring a chance attend a party in Los Angeles hosted by Poehler next week.

Franken, who had a long-running comedic career before running for office in 2008, has made a habit of being both direct and also comedic in his fundraising diatribes, such as a rather direct one he sent out in 2013.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) endorsed former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon in the Republican primary for outgoing Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-OK) Senate seat.

"T.W. Shannon is a strong conservative who will fight for individual liberty and help turn our country around,” Sen. Cruz said in a statement on Wednesday. “T.W. embodies the American dream. I’m proud to offer T.W. my enthusiastic endorsement because not only will he vote the right way, but he’ll stand up and fight with us in the Senate to stop President Obama’s assault on our liberties and defend America’s founding principles."

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) got into a tense exchange with President Barack Obama when the president asked her to help set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau alongside then-Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, a longtime rival who did not support Warren's nomination to run the organization.

"You're jamming me, Elizabeth," Obama said, as recounted in Warren's new memoir, "A Fighting Chance." Excerpts of the book were reported by The Boston Globe on Wednesday. Obama had asked to meet with Warren privately in September 2010.

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A new ad for a Montana Republican congressional candidate's campaign features him shooting a drone out of the sky.

"I'm Matt Rosendale, and this is how I look from a government drone," Rosendale said as the ad shows a drone's aerial view of Rosendale with him in the crosshairs.

"And this is what I think of it," Rosendale said directly into the camera before taking his rifle and shooting the drone.

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Mississippi Tea Partiers want the state's Republican Party chairman to resign for calling on state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) to clarify whether he planned to be the keynote speaker at a pro-Second Amendment event and tea party rally that featured a segregationist vendor.

The call for state party chairman Joe Nosef (pictured) to resign comes in response to Nosef telling MSNBC that McDaniel needed to clarify whether he had planned to attend the event or not. Nosef, on the Paul Gallo Show, also suggested that McDaniel could cost Republicans a Senate seat. McDaniel is running to unseat Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS).

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Democrats are courting former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to challenge Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) in the 2014 election cycle, according to The New York Times.

Sebelius has increasingly been mentioned as a strong Democratic challenger against Roberts and, according to the Times, one Democrat who spoke directly with her said she is "thinking about it."

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is joining the growing list of popular Republican governors -- many with presidential ambitions -- plagued by scandal in their administrations.

On Monday a state district judge named 12 jurors and two alternates to consider possible criminal charges against Perry. A day earlier Perry hired a high profile Austin-based defense lawyer to represent him. At the center of all this is an ongoing investigation over Perry vetoing funding for the Travis County District Attorney's office. The investigation has been called "Bridgegate West" by the Dallas Morning News, a reference to an investigation of corruption in New Jersey.

But Perry isn't alone among governors facing legal probes these days:

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A blog post by tea party Senate candidate and state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) during his days as a radio host argued that the "welfare dependent citizens of New Orleans" were at fault for staying in the city during Hurricane Katrina.

The blog post was resurfaced by Buzzfeed on Tuesday, along with several other race-bating excerpts published from archives of a website associated with the show to which McDaniel contributed. The report comes on the heels of an ongoing string of resurfaced comments McDaniel made in his previous life as a right-wing pundit that have recently gotten new attention in light of his insurgent primary challenge against Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS).

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Women prefer Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) to Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), according to a new Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday.

Abbott and Davis are the respective Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates. The poll found that 49 percent of women said they preferred Abbott over Davis while 41 percent said they preferred Davis to Abbott. Meanwhile 53 percent of men said they prefer Abbott while 32 percent said they prefer Davis.

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Democrat Alex Sink won't go for a rematch against Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) this November.

According to the Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday Sink has decided not to run for Congress again in 2014.

"I am so honored and humbled by the outpouring of support our campaign received, but after reflection with my family I have made a personal decision not to run for the 13th Congressional District seat in the 2014 election," Sink said according to the Florida newspaper.

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