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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

Colorado's new executive director for the state's Department of Corrections detailed his time in solitary confinement in an op-ed this week and said it has prompted him to re-think aspects of the prison system.

The executive director, Rick Raemisch, described spending 20 hours in solitary confinement to get a "better sense of what solitary confinement was like, and what it did to the prisoners who were housed there, sometimes for years."

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The United Auto Workers union is appealing a union representation election for Chattanooga, Tennessee Volkswagen workers citing interference from Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and other groups and lawmakers in the state.

The UAW announced its appeal with the National Labor Relations Board on Friday.

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Sen. Pat Roberts' (R-KS) job approval numbers seem to be dropping in the wake of a report that he does not actually live in his state.

A new Public Policy Polling survey released Friday found that Roberts' job approval spread had dipped since a year earlier. In February 2013 Roberts' job approval was 31 percent while 28 percent said they disapproved of him. Now, however, just 29 percent of voters said they approve of Roberts while 38 percent disapprove.

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Conservative rock musician Ted Nugent offered a semi-apology for calling President Barack Obama a "subhuman mongrel."

Nugent, however, made sure not to point his apology directly at Obama.

"I do apologize–not necessarily to the President–but on behalf of much better men than myself," Nugent said Friday an in interview with conservative radio host Ben Ferguson according to CNN.

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A massive document dump released this week about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has revealed some embarrassing tidbits about former aides to the governor. So far there hasn't been a bombshell directly linking governor to legal misconduct, but the the slow burn of the scandal -- and his reluctance to answer questions about it -- may drag down any presidential or vice-presidential ambitions Walker had in 2016.

"I think it's damaging, not because there was a lot of new information in the emails that were released, but because it put the story back on the front pages and it's really displaced the other things that the governor would prefer to talk about in an re-election year," University of Wisconsin political science professor Barry C. Burden told TPM.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has a problem with Ted Nugent's past criticism of President Barack Obama.

Perry was asked about Nugent previously calling Obama a subhuman mongrel. The question came in response to to Attorney General Greg Abbott, the likely Republican gubernatorial nominee, campaigning with Nugent.

"I have a problem calling the president a 'subhuman mongrel,'" Perry said Thursday afternoon during an interview with Wolf Blitzer. "That's an inappropriate thing to say. Again, people were saying that all the time."

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