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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.

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Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) is putting some distance between himself and rocker Ted Nugent ahead of joint appearances for Abbott's gubernatorial campaign.

Nugent and Abbott, the likely Republican nominee for governor, are expected to appear at a campaign events Tuesday in Wichita Falls and Denton Texas.

"Ted Nugent is a forceful advocate for individual liberty and constitutional rights -- especially the 2nd Amendment rights cherished by Texans," Abbott campaign spokesman Michael Hirsch said according to the Los Angeles Times. "While he may sometimes say things or use language that Greg Abbott would not endorse or agree with, we appreciate the support of everyone who supports protecting our Constitution."

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President Barack Obama criticized a number of Tennessee Republican lawmakers for threatening to withhold tax incentives of a potential Volkswagen automotive plant expansion if auto workers there decide to join the United Auto Workers union.

Obama said Friday the lawmakers "are more concerned about German shareholders than American workers." Obama made the remarks at a closed-door meeting of House Democrats in Maryland on Friday according to a Democratic source in the room, Reuters reported and a Democratic aide confirmed to TPM.

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Kansas Senate candidate Dr. Milton Wolf has compared President Barack Obama to Hitler.

The comparison is more surprising when you consider Wolf is a distant cousin of Obama's. Wolf is running in the Republican primary to unseat incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), who he said isn't conservative enough.

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The Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate who has been accused of sexual harassment charges ordered a taxpayer-funded investigation which he said would clear his name. But now the candidate, Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, is refusing to release the findings of the investigation.

A spokesman for Rutherford, who is one of four candidates in the GOP primary field, said the decision was based on both "advice of counsel" and "pending litigation" according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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One of the tea partiers with a strong shot at winning a congressional seat in West Virginia hopped the Maryland border to make his run, all the while promising to fight the "gun-grabbers" and "pro-abortion zealots."

Meet Alex Mooney, ex-Maryland lawmaker and Republican Party chairman and current West Virginia congressional candidate.

Mooney has his eye on the Republican stronghold district currently held by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), who's vacating the post to run for Senate.

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Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) supports same-sex marriage and wants the state's attorney general and her likely opponent in the upcoming gubernatorial race, Greg Abbott (R), to stop defending the law.

"It's my strong belief that when people love each other and are desirous of creating a committed relationship with each other that they should be allowed to marry, regardless of their sexual orientation," Davis said to the San Antonio Express-News editorial board on Thursday, adding that she is pleased that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is being challenged in federal court.

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Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) announced Thursday that he would not seek reelection.

Hastings, 73, currently serves as the the chairman of the Natural Resources Committee.

"Last Friday, I celebrated my 73rd birthday and while I have the ability and seniority to continue serving Central Washington, it is time for the voters to choose a new person with new energy to represent them in the people’s House," Hastings said in a statement.

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State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) may be preparing his primary challenge strategy against Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) by taking the same tack many tea partiers are: painting incumbent Republicans as liberal firebrands who defend Obamacare.

Brad White, the former chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party who now serves as the chief of staff for Mississippi State Auditor Stacey Pickering, said he received an odd 15-minute phone call last week that was clearly tilting the questions in McDaniel's favor.

"They listed very negative statements about Sen. Cochran and it would be things like 'Would it make any difference, no difference or some difference if you knew that Sen. Cochran voted to fund abortions? Or voted to support Harry Reid enacting Obamacare," White said.

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The Senate Conservatives Fund released a devastating new web ad on Wednesday portraying Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as a bully like no other to conservatives.

The nearly 90-second ad, titled "Bully," replays some of SCF's favorite attacks against McConnell, saying he's far more aggressive against conservatives than the Internal Revenue Service was against conservative-leaning groups applying for tax-exempt status.

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Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA) announced Wednesday that he is retiring from Congress.

Miller, who had been in Congress for over a a decade and a half, said he would not seek re-election at the end of his current term from Congress.

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