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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.

Articles by Daniel

Supporters of Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) conservative primary challenger released a new web video of the senator in which he said he does not know a lot about the tea party.

The Club for Growth released a new web video Tuesday featuring Cochran's remarks, which he made in an interview with Mississippi's WLOX. The Club for Growth's political action committee has endorsed McDaniel.

"The tea party, you know, isn't something I really know a lot about," Cochran is clipped saying in the 10-second web ad. The ad then pivots to state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS), Cochran's primary challenger, saying "well, perhaps' it's time for an introduction."

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Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) is putting some distance between himself and rocker Ted Nugent ahead of joint appearances for Abbott's gubernatorial campaign.

Nugent and Abbott, the likely Republican nominee for governor, are expected to appear at a campaign events Tuesday in Wichita Falls and Denton Texas.

"Ted Nugent is a forceful advocate for individual liberty and constitutional rights -- especially the 2nd Amendment rights cherished by Texans," Abbott campaign spokesman Michael Hirsch said according to the Los Angeles Times. "While he may sometimes say things or use language that Greg Abbott would not endorse or agree with, we appreciate the support of everyone who supports protecting our Constitution."

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President Barack Obama criticized a number of Tennessee Republican lawmakers for threatening to withhold tax incentives of a potential Volkswagen automotive plant expansion if auto workers there decide to join the United Auto Workers union.

Obama said Friday the lawmakers "are more concerned about German shareholders than American workers." Obama made the remarks at a closed-door meeting of House Democrats in Maryland on Friday according to a Democratic source in the room, Reuters reported and a Democratic aide confirmed to TPM.

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Kansas Senate candidate Dr. Milton Wolf has compared President Barack Obama to Hitler.

The comparison is more surprising when you consider Wolf is a distant cousin of Obama's. Wolf is running in the Republican primary to unseat incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), who he said isn't conservative enough.

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The Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate who has been accused of sexual harassment charges ordered a taxpayer-funded investigation which he said would clear his name. But now the candidate, Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, is refusing to release the findings of the investigation.

A spokesman for Rutherford, who is one of four candidates in the GOP primary field, said the decision was based on both "advice of counsel" and "pending litigation" according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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One of the tea partiers with a strong shot at winning a congressional seat in West Virginia hopped the Maryland border to make his run, all the while promising to fight the "gun-grabbers" and "pro-abortion zealots."

Meet Alex Mooney, ex-Maryland lawmaker and Republican Party chairman and current West Virginia congressional candidate.

Mooney has his eye on the Republican stronghold district currently held by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), who's vacating the post to run for Senate.

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Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) supports same-sex marriage and wants the state's attorney general and her likely opponent in the upcoming gubernatorial race, Greg Abbott (R), to stop defending the law.

"It's my strong belief that when people love each other and are desirous of creating a committed relationship with each other that they should be allowed to marry, regardless of their sexual orientation," Davis said to the San Antonio Express-News editorial board on Thursday, adding that she is pleased that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is being challenged in federal court.

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