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

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has gotten support to go on the offensive from a key Senate ally after former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) announced his exploratory committee to run for her seat in New Hampshire.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who defeated Brown when he ran for re-election in 2012, sent out a very direct fundraising email Friday shortly after Brown officially announced the formation of his Senate exploratory committee.

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Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) is trying to avoid a repeat of the last time he ran for Senate and lost against now-Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

This time around, he won't agree to pledge to reduce spending by outside groups in the Senate race like he and Warren did in 2012. On Saturday Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), who Brown would face in the general election should he get his party's nomination, proposed a "People's Pledge" where both of them do not accept money from outside groups. Brown and Warren agreed to the pledge when they ran against each other.

This time though, Brown isn't signing the pledge, according to The Hill.

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A group of same-sex couples in Wyoming challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage seem to have some notable support: the editorial page of the state's most prominent newspaper and at least a handful of lawmakers in the state legislature.

On Sunday the editorial page of the Casper Star-Tribune published a piece titled "Time for Wyoming to say yes to gay marriage."

"It's time to allow same-sex couples to wed in Wyoming," the editorial board argued. "Changing state law regarding same-sex unions is the right and moral thing to do, it's increasingly inevitable and it'll fix a paradox in the law."

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Former Sen. Scott Brown's (R-MA) contract with Fox News has been terminated.

"Scott Brown's contributor agreement was officially terminated today once he notified FOX News of his intention to form an exploratory committee to run for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire," Fox News Executive Vice President of Programming Bill Shine said in a statement on Friday according to Roll Call.

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Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) thinks he can do something we haven't seen in our lifetimes: represent two different states in the United States Senate.

On Thursday news broke that the former Massachusetts is forming a Senate exploratory committee, a step below him formally announcing his candidacy to replace Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in the chamber.

Unfortunately for Brown, history doesn't seem to be on his side. According to the U.S. Senate Historical Office, only two senators have represented multiple states in the history of the chamber: Sen. James Shields (D) served as senator from Illinois, Minnesota and Missouri in the 19th century and Waitman Thomas Willey who represented Virginia and West Virginia roughly around the same time. Willey was a member of the Republican and Unionist parties. Shields was last elected in 1879 and Willey's last term ended in 1871.

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Dr. Greg Brannon's campaign may worry national Republicans.

In November Brannon said Planned Parenthood had a secret plan to kill newborn babies. He also once compared food stamps to slavery and reportedly helped sponsor and speak at a rally supporting nullification. During the campaign Brannon also admitted to reviewing parts of his campaign website which appeared to have been plagiarized from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (Brannon styles himself as a sort of heir apparent of Paul's).

Here's the kicker: Brannon is increasingly looking like a candidate that could snatch the GOP nomination away from House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-NC), the establishment candidate that's long been presumed to be the de facto nominee in the race.

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In Virginia, residents of Chesterfield County have been receiving Ku Klux Klan fliers over the last week that says the organization is not the enemy of the "colored and mongrel races," according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The flier includes an email address, website site information, and and a hotline number for people to learn more about the Ku Klux Klan. The fliers, passed out in Chesterfield County, Virginia, argue that the Klan is not a "hate group" and a "nonviolent" organization, according to the Times-Dispatch.

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