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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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State Sen. Wendy Davis's (D) new pollster thinks the media could have done a better job on recent reporting of the Democratic gubernatorial candidate's life story.

Joel Benenson, who joined the campaign earlier this month, said news outlets had repeatedly made "outrageous" mistakes in reporting on Davis's life story. Benenson's comments, during an event hosted by the Third Way think tank on Wednesday, come after reports that Davis blurred aspects of her life story. Conservatives have tried to capitalize on this by branding Davis a serial liar.

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Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) tried to take the humble route during confirmation hearings on his nomination as the next U.S. ambassador to China.

"I’m no real expert on China. But it’s my strong belief that Chinese people are just as proud as we Americans are proud," Baucus said during his Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearings on Tuesday.

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Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) has a recommendation for conservative outside groups getting involved in the special election for outgoing Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-OK) Senate seat: don't bother.

"Groups coming from outside the state, coming to try and set the agenda, sorry," Cole said in an interview with Roll Call on Tuesday. "You are welcome to come, but you ought to look at your track record."

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Venture capitalist Tom Perkins said he made a mistake using the word "Kristallnacht" when he compared critiquing inequality slanted in the wealthiest one percent of Americans' favor to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany.

But Perkins also said he did not regret the point of his message, which came in a three-paragraph letter to the editor in The Wall Street Journal. He said "I don't regret the message at all."

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Update: January 27, 2014, 6:43 PM

Venture Capitalist Tom Perkins recently reached new levels of notoriety for writing a three-paragraph argument comparing Kristallnacht during the Holocaust to liberals' critique of inequality in the United States.

"Writing from the epicenter of progressive thought, San Francisco, I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its 'one percent,' namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the "rich," Perkins, a founding member of the venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield and Byers, wrote in a letter to the editor in The Wall Street Journal on Friday. He later doubled-down on the argument, arguing the "racial discrimination" in Nazi Germany manifested itself as "class demonization."

Perkins, on Monday, said he regretted using the word Kristallnacht in his Wall Street Journal piece. He cautioned though that he did not regret the message behind the letter to the editor.

Perkins is no stranger to the media spotlight, even in terms of legendary Silicon Valley tycoons. Here are four things to know about the wildly successful entrepreneur:

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After meeting with Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) a commander of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division sent out emails describing the congresswoman as "smoking hot" and joked in another email to a male colleague that he had masturbated while thinking about her after their meeting.

Those emails and other details of top military commanders "behaving badly" came out in a document dump reported by The Washington Post. In the case of Ellmers, the Post report details how Brigadier General Martin P. Schweitzer, then a colonel, described Ellmers as "smoking hot."

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