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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 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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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)'s primary challenger this time around is unusual, even for a long-shot candidate. His last name is also Ryan -- something he hopes will help him on election day, and he's haunted the Wisconsin state legislature as he rides around on his Segway during singing protests.

Meet "Segway" Jeremy Ryan, an eccentric activist renowned in Wisconsin for mainly two things: citations for public disruptions and moving around virtually only on a Segway. Ryan, 25, filed to run in the Republican primary against Rep. Ryan.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) comments earlier this week have caused the revisiting of his role as ethics chair into a mid-1990s investigation of then-Sen. Bob Packwood (R-OR) over allegations of sexual harassment and assault that eventually lead to the senator from Oregon's resignation.

"I think I demonstrated 19 years ago, in the toughest possible position, how this ought to be handled," McConnell said, highlighted by the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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