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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President Barack Obama expressed his "deep concern" with Russia sending troops into Crimean Ukraine during a 90 minute phone call he held with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday.

The call hours after Russia's upper chamber of Parliament approved Putin's formal request to send troops to Ukraine.

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Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations committee, said Congress will consider applying targeted sanctions against Russian persons and entities" in response to the country's decision to invade Crimean Ukraine.

On Saturday, Russia's upper chamber approved President Vladimir Putin's request to send military troops to parts of Ukraine.

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A Democratic candidate for governor in Pennsylvania wants to raise the state's minimum wage to $10.70, which is above the national hike proposed by the Obama administration.

Pennsylvania state Treasurer Rob McCord (D) offered the proposed hike during a debate on Friday night, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) urged the United States and the European Union to pressure Russia to withdraw from the Ukrainian Crimea through economic and political means.

Boehner's statement Friday evening came as news broke that Russian troops had entered parts of the country. President Obama delivered a short statement warning that there "will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine."

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) declared Friday that "we are all Ukrainians" in response to the news that Russia had taken over parts of Ukrainian Crimea.

"We are all Ukrainians," McCain said in an interview with TIME magazine published Friday. The comments came ahead of President Barack Obama's announcement that he would address the events.

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One of the plaintiffs pushing a lawsuit to legalize gay marriage in Texas happens to be an old friend of Attorney General Greg Abbott (R), who's fighting the lawsuit.

Mark Phariss, the plaintiff, described to local Texas TV station KERA about his days knowing Abbott, the likely Republican gubernatorial nominee, when they both attended law school at Vanderbilt University. Phariss detailed how he hurried from Oklahoma to the hospital in Houston in 1984 where Abbott was after the attorney general suffered an injury that paralyzed him for life.

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