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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

Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (R) is making sure nobody forgets businessman David Perdue's (R) flap about her level of education in the Georgia Senate race.

Handel, who is competing with Perdue and a number of other candidates in the Georgia primary, recently released a new radio ad hitting Perdue for bashing Handel for not finishing her college degree.

"I'm Karen Handel. When I heard David's comments I thought bless his heart, he's been overseas too long and lost touch with our values: hard work and making the most of life. That's what makes Georgia great," Handel said in the ad. "I left a troubled home at 17, finished high school, got a job, and attended some college. I worked my way up in the private sector and became Georgia's first elected Republican secretary of State."

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Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) has said she's missed votes because of National Guard duty, but a review by The Cedar Rapids Gazette of Iowa suggests that Ernst's National Guard duties actually haven't kept her from attending that many votes in the Iowa Senate.

Ernst, according to the Gazette, has repeatedly cited National Guard duty to defend herself against criticism that she's been missing too many votes in the state Senate. But a report by the Gazette on Monday said there's actually "very little overlap between Iowa Senate votes and her National Guard service."

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Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (R) is airing a new ad -- her first television campaign ad of the cycle -- on Monday touting former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's (R) endorsement of her in the Georgia Senate race.

The 30-second ad, which features audio of Palin's formal endorsement of Handel in April, is being aired across the state on both cable and regular broadcast television, according to Roll Call.

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The mention of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's (R) name won boos from a crowd of conservative activists over the weekend.

The boos came during a speech Donald Trump gave on Saturday at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, sponsored by Americans for Prosperity and Citizens United.

"You know, I heard Jeb Bush the other day," Trump said, sparking audible grumbling and boos from the crowd, according to The Hill. The boos became louder when Trump mentioned Bush recently saying that many immigrants who come to the U.S. illegally do it as an "act of love." Bush has been mentioned as a potential 2016 presidential candidate.

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State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) defended the Sons of Confederate Veterans, an organization whose events he has attended, as singly focused on historical appreciation and not "racist."

"We're talking about an organization that our governor is a member of, that in the past that our senators have been members of, that many members of our House and Senate are members of," McDaniel said in an interview with The Weekly Standard published on Friday. "It's not a racist organization. It's a historical organization filled with reenactors and collectors. That's all it is."

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Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis (D) is getting some help from the Red Headed Stranger.

Country music star Willie Nelson, a Texas native, will perform at a backyard barbecue fundraiser for Davis on April 27.

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