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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

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) doesn't think there should be changes to the death penalty in light of the botched execution of Clayton Lockett earlier in the week.

Inhofe told Roll Call that the focus should stay on the crimes Lockett committed.

"Now this happened, I don't remember the guy's name, but I do know that he raped and then with a sawed-off shotgun shot the girl and buried her alive," Inhofe said Wednesday, referring to Lockett's crimes. "And the people who're concerned about how much he must have suffered, they ought to think about how much she suffered, and I don't think that should change anything."

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Rep. Jack Kingston's (R-GA) children want you to know their dad is cheap.

The four children of the GOP Senate candidate are featured in a new ad describing their father's thrifty habits.

"Our dad is Jack Kingston, he really is cheap and it's not just the car he drives," Betsy, one of Kingston's daughters said, referring to a previous ad on Kingston choosing to drive an old station wagon to save money.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will undergo a minor medical procedure related to back problems, his office said Wednesday.

"The Speaker is having a minor, unscheduled medical procedure related to recurring back problems," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said in a statement.

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) said Wednesday that congressional Republicans should support some kind of minimum wage hike.

His comments, on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" came a few hours before the Senate's scheduled vote on a minimum wage increase.

Pawlenty said Republicans should support a "reasonable" minimum wage increase. He didn't say whether that increase was to $10.10 per hour, which is what congressional Democrats support.

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) isn't sure Republicans care as much about the poor as Democrats do because he doesn't hear them talking about poverty as much.

"Well people ask me if Republicans care as much about the poor as Democrats do. I'm not sure we do," Santorum said Monday. "I'm not sure we do and the reason I'm not sure we do is because I don't hear us talking about them very often and if you really cared you'd talk about the problems they had."

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) went to a senior center on Tuesday to warn of the dangers of Obamacare and hear horror stories about the law. But instead Scott found almost all the seniors he talked to were satisfied with the new law.

There were 20 seniors who were assembled at a roundtable at the Volen Center in Boca Raton for Scott's visit, according to The Florida Sun Sentinel. But the seniors expressed satisfaction with their health care and even praised Obamacare.

Harvey Eisen, 92, said he was "completely satisfied" with Obamacare, according to the Sun Sentinel. Eisen also cast doubt about Scott's claim about cuts to Medicare that come through Obamacare. But that wouldn't be the end of the world even if there were, Eisen said.

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