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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

President Barack Obama gets early copies of HBO's Game of Thrones before the general public.

The show's creators confirmed to Vanity Fair that the president received copies of the show before it's released to the general public.

In a report published Tuesday, Vanity Fair asked Game of Thrones creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff about a rumor that Obama regularly gets episodes of the show early. They responded in an email "one perk of being the most powerful man in the world: yes, you get to see episodes early."

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David Perdue, one of the handful of candidates running in the Republican primary for the Senate in Georgia, has been an outspoken proponent of repealing Obamacare.

The thing is, back in 2006 the businessman and Senate hopeful also argued that the only way to help unemployed Americans get health insurance was at the "federal level" rather than through states.

During a meeting at the Retail Industry Leaders Association in 2006, Perdue (pictured above), the then CEO of Dollar General, said that it was a "tragedy that so many people are uninsured," according to the Dallas Morning News on Oct. 17, 2006.

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A fairly large donation to Florida Gov. Rick Scott's (R) re-election campaign seems to have disappeared from financial records.

Florida Crystals, a major sugar producer that's privately owned by the Fanjul family, donated $500,000 to Scott's Let's Get to Work organization, the political group established to help boost the governor's re-election campaign.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and other Republicans who have fallen on the "establishment" side of the so-called GOP Civil War are feeling pretty smug right now.

Over the past few days McConnell and his allies have suggested more and more that they're winning the ongoing primary fights between outside group-backed conservative candidates and the incumbent Republicans they're challenging. In an interview with The New York Times published on Sunday, McConnell said he and his allies would "crush them everywhere."

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Senate Republicans are attacking Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) for Democrats' all-night talk-a-thon on climate change -- which she did not participate in.

In a new ad the National Republican Senatorial Committee attacks Landrieu for skipping the talk-a-thon. CNN said the ad hits her for "allowing" the event to take place despite her role as chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

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Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), the leading Republican in the field, is tied with Democrat Michelle Nunn in a general election matchup in the Georgia Senate race, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey released Monday.

Broun had the best matchup of any of the Georgia Republican candidates polled in the primary. Nunn and Broun are tied with 38 percent support each in a head-to-head matchup. Twenty-four percent of those surveyed said they were unsure who to support.

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Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) has a double digit lead in the Republican Senate primary, a new poll found.

The Public Policy Polling survey released Monday found Broun with 27 percent support among Republican primary voters. Rep. Phil Gingrey comes in next with 14 percent support and then Rep. Jack Kingston with 13 percent, businessman David Perdue with 12 percent and former Secretary of State Karen Handel with 9 percent.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stressed on Monday that his war hasn't been with the tea party movement, it's been with the Senate Conservatives Fund.

McConnell called the conservative outside group that backed his primary opponent in the 2014 cycle a "rogue political operation."

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Illinois gubernatorial candidate and businessman Bruce Rauner wants you to know, he's not part of the one percent, he's part of the .01 percent.

"Oh I'm probably .01 percent," Rauner corrected in response to a previous statement an interview with The Chicago Sun-Times's Natasha Korecki. Rauner's net worth is reportedly close to nearly $1 billion. Rauner, a venture capitalist, owns nine homes and made $53 million in 2013, according to the Sun-Times.

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