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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

Two Michigan elected officials are urging Attorney General Eric Holder to recognize same-sex marriage in the state after a federal appeals court issued a stay order on a ruling overturning the state's same-sex marriage ban.

The officials, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum and East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett sent the letter to Holder on Monday, according to The Detroit Free Press.

"Their marriages complied with Judge Friedman’s order and all relevant provisions of Michigan law and should be recognized as such by state and federal authorities without delay," Byrum and Triplett write in the letter to Holder.

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The campaign arm for Senate Democrats have a new memo out carefully pushing back against polling guru Nate Silver's recent analysis that Senate Republicans are looking more likely to take control of the chamber in 2014.

The Monday memo, written by Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee executive director Guy Cecil, is full of praise for Silver but also picks out four Senate races where Democrats won even though Silver said Republicans would claim the seats: Montana and North Dakota in 2012 and Colorado and Nevada in 2010.

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The Tea Party Express, in a new email to supporters, crowned Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), the most "vulnerable of the old GOP senators" who's likely to go the way of former Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN).

The scathing new fundraising email on Saturday came a few days after another prominent tea party group, Tea Party Patriots, endorsed Cochran's tea party primary challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS). Tea Party Express groups Cochran with a number of other Republican senators as as Republicans In Name Only (RINO).

"While many of the RINO Republican U.S. Senators that are in the cross-hairs of their more conservative Republican primary challengers have tried to shore-up their right flank by at least trying to portray an image that they are conservative, Senator Cochran has not followed that savvy political strategy," the email read.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has lost the billionaire who served as the governor's campaign finance co-chairman.

Billionaire Mike Fernandez, the chairman of MBF Healthcare Partners, is quitting the campaign because of "behind-the-scenes disagreements" according to The Miami Herald.

"I am proud of the team the Governor has put together, and I am confident that we are on course for victory," Fernandez wrote in a letter to Scott's campaign.

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Westboro Baptist Church members were met with a notable counter-protest at their first protest since the group's founder died: a sign that read "sorry for your loss."

Counter-protesters held up the sign at a Westboro Baptist Church protest of a Lorde concert in Kansas City, the first protest by the group since founder Fred Phelps died. More than 20 Westboro Baptist Church members were protesting the Lorde concert.

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The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) one of the "nastiest and most anti-Tea Party incumbents in America."

That charge came in an endorsement of McConnell's GOP primary opponent, Matt Bevin.

"It's official. We just endorsed conservative Matt Bevin in his race against Mitch McConnell," the Fund said in a statement released by the Bevin campaign. "We are going to launch an unprecedented grassroots campaign to help elect this great man…And he's challenging one of the nastiest and most anti-Tea Party incumbents in America."

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