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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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Aides to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) scrambled to "release" a staffer after they found out about her "checkered" past as a thong model, according to newly released documents.

The email correspondence came as part of a massive document dump related to an ongoing investigation into Walker and his aides during the governor's time as Milwaukee County executive. In this particular email, former Walker chief of staff Thomas Nardelli emailed Walker and deputy chief of staff Kelly Rindfleisch alerting them about a newly hired doctor in the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division. Nardelli wanted to call attention to her time as thong model.

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A top aide for Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) forwarded a bizarre and racist email involving a nightmare about waking up being disabled, gay, black and Jewish.

The email, sent in 2010 and first reported by Buzzfeed, was forwarded by Thomas Nardelli, who was Walker's chief of staff when he was Milwaukee County Executive. The email was forwarded to unknown recipients.

The group American Bridge, which is combing through the Scott Walker documents released on Wednesday, revealed the six-page email (which you can read in full below), which describes nightmare in which the narrator wakes up and "discovered that I am a Negro, and I'm circumcised."

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Former Gov. Edwin Edwards (D) is making the final preparations ahead of jumping into the race for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District.

Edwards told Bloomberg News on Wednesday that he is planning to run for the seat currently held by Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who is not running for reelection so he can run for Senate.

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Updated: February 19, 2014, 5:25 PM

Just one day before Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was elected governor in 2010, a judge widened an ongoing investigation to also include four of the governor's top aides.

That's according to documents from 27,000 emails and 434 pages of search warrants related to an ongoing secret investigation of Walker released on Wednesday.

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Turkish President Abdullah Gül took a big Twitter hit after signing a controversial Internet law.

Gül lost a whopping 80,000 followers after tweeting on Tuesday that he signed a controversial bill that tightens the government's control over the internet, according to Agence France-Presse. Before signing the bill Gül was considered the best hope for stopping the bill, according to Jenna Krajeski in a blog post at The New Yorker.

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A Republican congressional candidate in Nevada is arguing that legislation that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is segregation.

The candidate, Cresent Hardy, called the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, which prohibits employers from discriminating against their employees based on sexual orientation, a "segregation" law. The Employee Nondiscrimination Act has passed the Senate, but has yet to be taken up by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Hardy is running for Nevada's 4th Congressional District. Hardy is a member of the Nevada state assembly.

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Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) is sticking with Fox News.

On Wednesday Brown pushed back on reports that he had ended his contract with the channel.

"It is incorrect," Brown said according to The Washington Post on Wednesday. Brown's comments were in response to reports that the former Massachusetts senator "is currently out of contract with the network."

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The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee out-fundraised its Republican counterpart in January.

The DSCC said it raised $6.55 in January, a record haul for the committee. The committee currently has $15 million cash on hand with $2.5 million in debt. Meanwhile the National Republican Senatorial Committee reported raising $4.62 million in January leaving it with $10 million cash on hand and no debt.

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The twitter account belonging to state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) retweeted a tweet from an account that appears to back a a hard-right Greek political party and regularly publishes white supremacist tweets.

The @senatormcdaniel twitter account on Sunday retweeted a message from RRSmith #WR (@rrsray).

The bio for the account says the author is located in "Occupied CSA." The description reads: "Nationalist, staunch proponent of 2nd & 10th Amendment, GoldenDawn & Southern Nationalism." Golden Dawn is a hard-right Greek political group that is often labeled fascist or neo-Nazi.

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