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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.

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The New York Times' Nate Cohn pushed back on criticism of a set of new polls released Wednesday that showed Southern Democrats either leading or neck-and-neck in four Senate races that have long been regarded as easy pickups for Republicans in the 2014 cycle.

Cohn responded to criticism from, in particular, The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol and the Republican National Committee over the poll. Kristol argued that the poll's survey results on a question over who voters supported in 2012 proves the poll is clearly skewed toward Democrats. Cohn brushed off that argument.

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Like clockwork, the consistently wrong Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol quickly moved to "unskew" a set of new polls showing Democrats in surprisingly good shape in a handful of Senate races where Republicans have long been regarded as the favorites.

The polls, conducted by The New York Times and Kaiser Family Foundation showed Democratic Sens. Kay Hagan (NC), Mary Landrieu (LA), and Mark Pryor (AR) as well as likely Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes either in an essential dead heat or leading their Republican competitors. Those Democrats have all been regarded as highly vulnerable this election cycle.

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Fittingly, all four Republican candidates in the North Carolina Senate race were asked on Earth Day if they believed climate change is a proven fact. And all four candidates said "no."

The question was asked during a GOP primary debate on Tuesday night. The candidates, House Speaker Thom Tillis, Rev. Mark Harris, Dr. Greg Brannon, and nursing practitioner Heather Grant, in response to the question, said "no."

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Businessman Curt Clawson won the Republican primary for former Rep. Trey Radel's (R-FL) congressional seat, putting him into a good position to win the general election and succeed the congressman who was ousted from office for cocaine possession.

The Associated Press called the race for Clawson less than an hour after the polls closed. When it was called, Clawson had about 36.8 percent of the vote while Sarah Palin-endorsed Lizbeth Benacquisto, the Republican majority leader of the Florida state Senate, came in next with 27 percent of the vote. Former state Rep. Paige Kreegel came in third with about 25 percent of the vote.

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Politifact is calling foul on a recent attack ad by Sen. Kay Hagan's (D-NC) reelection campaign that attacks House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-NC) for calling Obamacare a "great idea."

The ad, released a week earlier, clips Tillis saying in a radio interview that Obamacare is a great idea. The problem is, as Politifact noted, that the attack ad only included part of what Tillis said. He actually said that Obamacare is a "great idea that can't be paid for."

Tillis has, nevertheless, taken hits by his opponents in the North Carolina Republican primary over the remarks.

Politifact noted that prior to making the "great idea" line Tillis discussed ways to repeal the bill. Politifact ruled that the ad focuses on a "severely edited quote" and said the ad was "Mostly False."

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) added his name to the list of Republicans bumping up against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over land acquisition.

On Tuesday Abbott, the Republican candidate for governor against Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis, sent a letter to the director of the Bureau of Land Management asking that his agency answer questions over the early stages of a plan to "regulate the use of federal lands along a 116-mile stretch of the Red River."

"As Attorney General of Texas, I am deeply troubled by reports from BLM field hearings that the federal government may claim — for the first time — that 90,000 acres of territory along the Red River now belong to the federal government," Abbott wrote.

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Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn seemed to adopt an old Republican talking point on healthcare in her first ad of the 2014 election cycle.

Nunn, the likely Democratic candidate for Senate in Georgia said that "no one in Congress should get a subsidy for their own healthcare."

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Glenn Beck warned that anti-Semitism was growing in the united States, especially at universities.

Beck made the comments on Monday and the clip was aired as part of his nightly television program. A producer on Beck's show told him about a widely reported flyer in Ukraine that said Jews had to register with the government. The origins of the fliers are under dispute, but they have been condemned by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.

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