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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Wordless political ads campaigns post that many say are likely meant to help super PACs could break federal law, according to campaign finance watchdogs.

That argument came up after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) campaign posted an ad of what appeared to be b-roll* of McConnell smiling and posing with voters in various shots. Observers speculated that the ad was really meant for pro-McConnell super PACs to use. It is illegal for those organizations to coordinate with the campaigns.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) isn't just okay with the new #McConnelling viral meme, poking fun at an ad of b-roll footage* of the Minority Leader by setting it to any song; he actually likes it.

"You've got to be able to do that in this business," McConnell said at a campaign event on Monday according to Time magazine. "It's nice to have some fun occasionally."

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Updated: March 17, 2014, 6:12 PM

A journalist for an alt-weekly in Kentucky said he was barred from entering an event and given bogus reasons why.

Journalist Joe Sonka, the news editor for the liberal-leaning LEO Weekly in Kentucky, said Monday that he was barred from entering a press conference featuring Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).

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Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) latest campaign ad focuses on how he's fought President Barack Obama on Benghazi, Iran, and "radical Islam."

The ad, which Graham's campaign released Monday, features clips of Graham criticizing the president on his handling of Iran and the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

"He stands up for America and our troops, challenging the president … asking the tough questions on Iran, Benghazi, and radical Islam," the narrator in the new ad said. "In a dangerous world where the only guarantee of peace is strength, Sen. Lindsey Graham stands strong."

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Conservative rocker Ted Nugent's latest foray on the 2014 campaign trail is helping to raffle off an AR-15 rifle for former Rep. Tom Tancredo's (R-CO) gubernatorial campaign.

Nugent, just coming out of the national controversy spotlight for campaigning for Texas attorney general Greg Abbott's (R) gubernatorial campaign, has turned his sights on Colorado, which passed landmark background check legislation in 2013:

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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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