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

In the face of polls showing Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) leading Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) in the Arkansas Senate race the Republican favorite and presumptive nominee is being forced to be positive —really positive.

After months of negative attacks either from Pryor's camp or Cotton and his supporters the Republican congressman needs to raise his favorability numbers. So Cotton is moving away from trying to convince voters how terrible Pryor is and, instead, is focusing more and more on his own appeal to Arkansans.

"I don't think that you can win the election solely on anti-Pryor votes," Rex Nelson, a former campaign manager for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) told TPM. "There have to be some pro-Cotton votes at some point along the line and I think he's trying to flag his pro-Cotton bona fides now whereas the early part of the campaign was trying to build up the anti-Pryor negatives."

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Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) failed to collect enough valid signatures to appear on the Democratic primary ballot, Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett said on Tuesday.

"It is my determination that in accordance with the current laws and statuses of the State of Michigan, the nominating petitions filed by Congressman John Conyers Jr. are insufficient to allow his name to appear on the August 5, 2014 Primary Ballot," Garrett said in a statement according to The Hill.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) broke with Karl Rove and shot down the idea that HIllary Clinton suffered a "traumatic brain injury" that disqualifies her from running for president in 2016.

"There's no reason for me to suspect that Secretary Clinton has a health problem that would disqualify her. She seems to be very engaged and very capable," Graham said Tuesday according to Politico. "I think that people at 69 are incredibly able to serve 'cause I'll be there in 10 years."

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