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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

Former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R-MI) is going on the offensive on gender issues in a new ad. In the spot, released Tuesday, Land pushes back on charges from her likely Democratic opponent in the Michigan Senate race, Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI), that she's waging a war on women.

"Congressman Gary Peters and his buddies want you to believe I'm waging a war on women. Really?" Land said in the ad, before pausing and sipping from a coffee cup. The 30-second ad then continues for several seconds with Land not saying anything, shaking her head, and looking at her watch.

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If recent polls are any indicator, Republican businessman Curt Clawson could succeed former Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL), who resigned after getting caught buying cocaine in D.C., as the congressman representing the Florida 19th Congressional District.

Clawson was one of a number of Republican candidates competing in the Republican primary for Radel's seat and he's lead in recent polls of the race as well as how much money he's had to spend. The primary came about after Radel was busted for cocaine possession.

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Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) primary challenger, Matt Bevin has been falling behind in polling and fundraising throughout the race, but he announced in the past few days that he was dumping his communications director and hiring a prominent tea partier.

Bevin's campaign confirmed to TPM on Monday that communications director Rachel Semmel left the campaign.

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Bill Kristol is at it once again and his latest forecast is a doozy: a Hillary Clinton- David Petraeus 2016 presidential ticket.

The former secretary of state is perhaps the most popular name mentioned as a 2016 presidential candidate. Petraeus had been mentioned as a presidential candidate before but those prospects sank after an extramarital affair triggered his resignation from the CIA.

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Conservatives are pretty excited about a new ad by Rep. Tom Cotton's (R-AR) Senate campaign featuring his old drill sergeant.

The campaign ad includes Cotton, who served a tour in the Army in Iraq and Afghanistan, describing how his drill sergeant taught him about "accountability, humility, and putting the unit before yourself."

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A North Carolina Republican Senate candidate who has been endorsed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) refused to say whether the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center were an inside job and instead said only that "things like this have to be asked."

The candidate is Dr. Greg Brannon, one of a handful of Republicans in the primary to defeat Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC). Brannon made the comments when he was a guest on a local radio talk show hosted by Bill LuMaye. The exchange, between Brannon and a caller, was highlighted by Mother Jones on Monday. Here's the exchange:

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Georgia state Sen. Jason Carter, the likely Democratic gubernatorial nominee and grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, suggested Monday that he would not stop the state from issuing license plates that included the Confederate flag if Carter was elected governor.

Carter made the comments during an interview with MSNBC's Chuck Todd on Monday. When asked, Carter at first Carter said that people have the right to put what they want on their cars.

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