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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The top venture capitalist who compared the liberal critique on inequality in the United States to Nazi Germany doesn't seem to be backing down from his comparison.

The celebrated venture capitalist, Tom Perkins followed up to his remarks on Sunday, saying that the difference now is instead of racial demonization, it's class demonization.

"In the Nazi era it was racial demonization, now it is class demonization," Perkins said in an email to Bloomberg News.

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Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) formally submitted his letter of resignation from Congress Monday morning.

In the letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Radel, who was busted for cocaine possession in 2013, writes how his personal struggles had "serious consequences."

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Venture capitalist Tom Perkins compared liberals' push to reduce inequality in the United States to Nazi Germany's war on Jews.

In a letter to the editor published in The Wall Street Journal Perkins, a founding member of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, asks whether a "progressive Kristallnacht" is coming. Perkins's letter is in response to an editorial on speech codes at American colleges.

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As Mitt Romney sees it, Russian President Vladimir Putin is way ahead of President Barack Obama when it comes to foreign policy.

"I think Putin has outperformed our president time and time again on the world stage," the former GOP presidential nominee said in an interview with NBC News published Friday.

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Erick Bennett, the Republican Senate candidate in Maine who said his domestic violence conviction showed "integrity," repeatedly assaulted his ex-wife by squeezing her neck and threatening to kill her, according to a newly surfaced police report.

The report, obtained by Mother Jones and published on Friday, quotes Bennett's then-wife, Angela, describing how Bennett repeatedly attacked her in January 2004.

"Erick got off the bed, put both hands around my neck, squeezed my neck and said "Leave me alone," Angela said at one point in the police report.

Angela later describes how, after that, she was "feeling extremely nervous."

"He got up as if to go to his coat to get the check but instead turned around toward the bed and I just knew we was gonna come after me so I got up to head for the bathroom saying, 'Please Erick I'm sorry' but he grabbed me and got me on the floor and pressed me down," the police report quoted Angela as saying. "Then he started saying "What are you doing? Sit still? Why are you doing this?" As if I was fighting back and he needed to defend himself. "

Maine law enforcement redacted some names from the police report but together it paints a highly graphic picture of the events that resulted in Bennett being convicted of domestic assault. Earlier in January TPM highlighted a Bangor Daily News report of Bennett, who is challenging Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) in the Republican primary, arguing at a press conference that his decision to fight the domestic violence conviction (he continued to maintain his innocence) shows his integrity as a candidate for office. He later dropped out of the race.

"The fact that I have been jailed repeatedly for not agreeing to admit to something I didn’t do should speak to the fact of how much guts and integrity I have," Bennett said. "I've noticed some people questioning that."

You can read the police report here.

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