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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 new poll from Magellan Strategies finds Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) leading the field in her fight to win re-election.

But Landrieu falls short of the 50 percent support she would need to avoid a runoff in the race. The Magellan Strategies survey found Landrieu gains a plurality of the support in the field with 39.3 percent of the 600 voters surveyed, according to The Hill.

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Brendan Eich's ouster as CEO of Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, sparked a firestorm of outrage of those on right who say he was being persecuted for his anti-LGBT views and that the company's reputation was irreparably tarnished.

On Thursday Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox browser, announced that Eich had decided to step down as CEO only two weeks after he took the post. The decision followed the online dating website OkCupid posting a message to Firefox users going to the site noting that Eich donated $1,000 to the California's Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment that outlawed same-sex marriages.

"The online dating service OKCupid called for a boycott of Mozilla," Redstate editor Erick Erickson wrote in a blogpost. "Contributing to an unpopular cause six years ago — during a time the left claimed 'dissent is patriotic' — is enough to blacklist Eich. The objections to his hire are not based on his competence, experience, or resume, but on $1000.00."

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Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto (R) secured the coveted endorsement from Sarah Palin in the primary for Florida 19th District special election, but now she's under fire for missing out on candidate forums and even a vote at the statehouse to hang out at a fundraiser with the former governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate.

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Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin continued to address his presence at a rally for supporters of legalizing cockfighting by saying America's Founding Fathers were very involved in the cockfighting world too.

"But it's interesting when you look at cockfighting and dogfighting as well," Bevin said in an interview on the Terry Meiners Show on Louisville's WHAS on Thursday. "This isn't something new, it wasn't invented in Kentucky for example. I mean the Founding Fathers were all many of them very involved in this and always have been [sic.]"

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Amid recent allegations of tea partiers caught rubbing elbows with white supremacists and cock fighters, mainstream Republicans are having a hard time containing their exuberance over the struggling tea party challenger campaigns.

After TPM reported on Thursday that state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) backed out of headlining a gun rights rally thanks to attention on a vendor with questionable views on racial segregation, CNN Crossfire co-host S.E. Cupp tweeted McDaniel was an "ass" for agreeing to attend in the first place.

"When you lie down with dogs, you get fleas," Republican strategist John Feehery told TPM in an email. "This is the problem with the tea party and their candidates. They lack judgement and that lack of judgement makes them poor general election candidates."

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were puzzled at how tea party favorite and Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin could attend a cockfighting rally and not know it was, you know, a cockfighting rally.

"What? Wait, so he went to the rally?" Brzezinski asked on Thursday.

"I don't know how you accidentally stumble into a cockfighting rally," Scarborough said.

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The North Carolina Senate race is about as close as it could get, according to a new poll.

The SurveyUSA poll released on Thursday found Sen. Kay Hagan (D) essentially neck-and-neck each of her possible Republican contenders in a general election fight. Against House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-NC), the establishment candidate who has been seen as the frontrunner in the race, Hagan gets 45 percent support while Tillis gets 46 percent. Against tea partier Greg Brannon, Hagan trails by two points with 45 percent support to Brannon's 47 percent.

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