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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

The Republican primary for Congress between incumbent Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) and state Sen. Jim Tracy (R) remained extremely tight as of mid-day Friday, with the two candidates separated by as few as 35 votes. The fact that the rules don't allow for runoffs in Tennessee combined with the lack of automatic recount suggests the race could go on for a while longer.

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The prosecutor handling the Cochran nursing home case suggested there was communication between one of the defendants and the campaign for state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) around the time the video of Cochran's bedridden wife was posted to to the Internet. But the prosecutor, Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest, did not elaborate on the nature or exact timing of the communications, and it's not clear yet whether this means the McDaniel camp is implicated in the scandal at some deeper level.

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John Mary, one of the men charged as a co-conspirator in connection with political blogger "Constitutional" Clayton Kelly, is pleading guilty in the case alleging that Kelly photographed Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) wife for an anti-Cochran video.

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The man who said he was paid $2,000 to falsely accuse Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) of a vote-buying scheme to get African-Americans to vote for him in the runoff election of the Mississippi race for U.S. Senate is now saying state Sen. Chris McDaniel's (R) spokesman, Noel Fritsch, was the one who paid him to do the interview, according to the Clarion-Ledger and WJTV.

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