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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

The Department of Justice said Monday that it is aware of concerns of voter intimidation in Tuesday's runoff election of the race for U.S. Senate in Mississippi.

"The department is aware of concerns about voter intimidation and is monitoring the situation," a Department of Justice spokesman told TPM in a statement. "Voters that experience problems are encouraged to call 1-800-253-3931."

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Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel's (R-MS) campaign started a #Who'sYaDaddy meme to attack Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) by using a partial quote from his daughter.

"Thad Cochran's daughter has some 'damaging' words to describe Chris McDaniel," the image introducing the meme said. The image then partially quotes Cochran's daughter, Kate Cochran, a professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, on her Facebook where she said McDaniel "relies solely on Jesus, the Constitution, and common sense."

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A staffer for Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) campaign, Lee Ellis Blair, has been arrested for allegedly stealing campaign signs for state Sen. Chris McDaniel's (R-MS).

Communications Director Jordan Russell confirmed Blair's arrest to TPM on Monday and said that Blair would no longer be working for the campaign. "Unlike McDaniel, we do not tolerate this kind of behavior," Russell said.

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Democrats have said they have a virtually once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win a U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi but only if tea party darling and Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) beats incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) for the Republican nomination. So it's easy to imagine the response when news broke that a Democratic operative has actually been helping Cochran's re-election efforts.

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