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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

A state employee in Kentucky was fired for appearing in a campaign video for secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D-KY), the likely Democratic nominee to face Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in the state's general election.

The employee, Charles Booker, worked for the Legislative Research Commission in Kentucky. The acting director of the LRC, Marcia Seiler, confirmed to the Louisville Courier-Journal that Booker does not work for the agency anymore.

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During her time in office then-Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R-MI) promised to cut down on identification fraud but the opposite seems to have happened.

Land's Senate campaign now argues that during her time in office she was successful in "rooting out fraudulent activity" in Michigan. But while she was secretary of State the federal government noted that Michigan had become an "epicenter of identification fraud nationwide" according to The Washington Examiner.

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Supporters of Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) conservative primary challenger released a new web video of the senator in which he said he does not know a lot about the tea party.

The Club for Growth released a new web video Tuesday featuring Cochran's remarks, which he made in an interview with Mississippi's WLOX. The Club for Growth's political action committee has endorsed McDaniel.

"The tea party, you know, isn't something I really know a lot about," Cochran is clipped saying in the 10-second web ad. The ad then pivots to state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS), Cochran's primary challenger, saying "well, perhaps' it's time for an introduction."

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Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) is putting some distance between himself and rocker Ted Nugent ahead of joint appearances for Abbott's gubernatorial campaign.

Nugent and Abbott, the likely Republican nominee for governor, are expected to appear at a campaign events Tuesday in Wichita Falls and Denton Texas.

"Ted Nugent is a forceful advocate for individual liberty and constitutional rights -- especially the 2nd Amendment rights cherished by Texans," Abbott campaign spokesman Michael Hirsch said according to the Los Angeles Times. "While he may sometimes say things or use language that Greg Abbott would not endorse or agree with, we appreciate the support of everyone who supports protecting our Constitution."

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President Barack Obama criticized a number of Tennessee Republican lawmakers for threatening to withhold tax incentives of a potential Volkswagen automotive plant expansion if auto workers there decide to join the United Auto Workers union.

Obama said Friday the lawmakers "are more concerned about German shareholders than American workers." Obama made the remarks at a closed-door meeting of House Democrats in Maryland on Friday according to a Democratic source in the room, Reuters reported and a Democratic aide confirmed to TPM.

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Kansas Senate candidate Dr. Milton Wolf has compared President Barack Obama to Hitler.

The comparison is more surprising when you consider Wolf is a distant cousin of Obama's. Wolf is running in the Republican primary to unseat incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), who he said isn't conservative enough.

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