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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

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) appears to not have enough signatures to get on the Aug. 5 Democratic primary ballot, Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett told the Detroit Free Press Friday.

At issue is whether two of the people in charge of gathering signatures for Conyers were registered voters, which is a requirement under Michigan law. Legal counsel for Conyers stressed to Roll Call that they expected him to make it onto the ballot.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) won't say whether tea partier Milton Wolf is right that Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) shouldn't be allowed the ballot because he doesn't reside in the state, but he does suggest that Wolf's motives for calling that into question are political.

"I imagine that he's raising this as an issue because it's a campaign issue that may have some traction —or it may not, depending on how voters view it," Kobach said in an interview with TPM on Friday. "But as a legal question, there's a very formal process that Kansas law lays out and he's got to follow that process if he wants us to look at it legally."

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Milton Wolf, the tea party candidate challenging Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), is asking the Kansas secretary of State to kick Roberts off the ballot for re-election because Roberts doesn't have a home in Kansas.

Wolf's campaign argues that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) is required to reject Roberts' application under the U.S. Constitution, which requires that a senator “be an inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen."

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has pledged to support whoever wins the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, even if that's McConnell's primary challenger, Matt Bevin.

Kentucky's Republican Party is calling on both candidates to sign a pledge committing to support the eventual Republican nominee, whether it's Bevin or McConnell, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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The only black candidate in the Republican primary for the open Georgia Senate seat, has backed up Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who, among other things, went on a racist rant about how blacks are "better off as slaves" instead of depending on government assistance.

In a new YouTube clip, the candidate, Derrick Grayson, said that he had been making a similar argument to Bundy for a while.

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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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