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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

It looks like Virginia Del. Barbara Comstock (R) may have a primary opponent in the Republican primary for Rep. Frank Wolf's (R-VA) House seat: conservative state Del. Bob Marshall (R).

Marshall told Roll Call on Tuesday that he was "seriously considering" jumping into the Republican primary for Wolf's seat. If Marshall does decide to run that would mean Comstock, who was quickly becoming the consensus candidate in the race, would still have to find off a far right challenger to get the nomination.

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) had to explain his latest campaign ad in which he rose out of the water wearing a snorkel while smooth jazz music played in the background.

The 60-second ad, which aired on local Fox affiliates during the Super Bowl, started out with Snyder snorkeling while a deep-voiced narrator described how Snyder has made "tough" decisions that "are bringing Michigan back." The ad was met with confusion and head scratching.

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Three of the eight Republicans running in the Georgia Senate primary said they would impeach President Barack Obama if given the chance.

The candidates signaled their willingness to impeach the president at a candidate forum on Saturday. At the forum, a woman said President Bill "Clinton was impeached for perjury. Obama has perjured himself on multiple occasions. Would you support impeachment if presented for a vote?"

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The editorial board for The New Jersey Star-Ledger is calling for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) to either step down or be impeached if new accusations are proven true.

The editorial board made the call in an editorial published Friday afternoon shortly after The New York Times reported that the former executive that ran the Port Authority of New Jersey and New York said he had evidence proving that the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge were directed by Christie's administration.

"Forget about the White House in 2016. The question now is whether Gov. Chris Christie can survive as governor," the editorial began.

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A Republican candidate for Congress in Montana compared former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the anti-Christ.

The candidate, state Sen. Ryan Zinke, is one of five Republicans competing for the nomination to succeed Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT) who is likely to run for the seat being vacated by Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT).

At his campaign kickoff event, according to the Bigfork Eagle, Zinke said "we need to focus on the real enemy." He then went on to criticize Clinton calling her the "anti-Christ."

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Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) accused MSNBC of blowing out of proportion the recent snowstorm in Atlanta that has paralyzed parts of the city.

Speaking on MSNBC on Friday Barbour, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, defended Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's (R) handling of the city and the state's response to the storm.

"Yeah, Andrea, I know y'all want to make a really, really, really, really, really, really big deal out of this. But the fact of the matter is, governors and mayors, Republicans or Democrats, get faced with choices 'cause the weather service says it couldn't really be a a bad storm," Barbour told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell. "You go out and spend millions and millions of dollars, and then it's not a bad storm."

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The Club for Growth is loudly touting that it has hired a consulting firm blacklisted by establishment Republicans for working with outside tea party groups.

Club for Growth announced Friday that it had hired Jamestown Associates, which both the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee had banned for working with groups like The Senate Conservatives Fund to create attack ads against incumbent Republican lawmakers.

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