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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Kesha Rogers expects her Senate platform of impeaching President Barack Obama and repealing Obamacare to carry her to victory in the Texas Democratic primary -- and said that Obama's support for "Nazis in Ukraine" makes him like Hitler.

Rogers, an acolyte of the cultish fringe political icon Lyndon LaRouche, was able to make it to the runoff in the Democratic primary for Sen. John Cornyn's (R-TX) seat with 21.7 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary. She now faces dentist David Alameel to get the nomination and face Cornyn. Democrats, fearing Rogers as the Democratic nominee, have actively worked try and stop her from making it past the primary.

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The leader of the Tea Party Patriots says she and her group did not endorse Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), as he said they had on his website a few days before the Texas Republican primary.

Stockman was a long shot challenger to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). His campaign struggled in gaining any significant endorsements and the Texas congressman instead had to highlight past praise from lawmakers that was not directed at his bid to replace Cornyn.

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Illinois' Attorney General encouraged all of the state's counties to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, citing a ruling allowing Illinois' Cook County clerk to begin issuing licenses.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) made the call in a Tuesday letter to the Macon County Clerk who asked for guidance after a February ruling by U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman that allowed Cook County to start issuing marriage licenses, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.

The February ruling allowed same-sex couples to get married now, before the state's new law legalizing same-sex marriage was scheduled to go into effect on June 1.

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Media Matters for America is releasing a sort of Wikipedia for conservative misinformation.

The site, Mythopedia, which was shared with TPM ahead of its release, is meant to be an online compendium of truths and lies peddled by conservatives. The website's unveiling comes a day before the Conservative Political Action Conference.

"The week of CPAC seemed like the most appropriate time to launch a fact-checking tool, like Mythopedia, as I’m sure we’re going to be confronted with both old and new right-wing lies during the conference," Media Matters president Bradley Beychok said in a statement.

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Hillary Clinton likened aspects of Russia's involvement in Crimean Ukraine to Nazi Germany during a fundraising event, according to two people present.

Buzzfeed, citing two sources, reported that the former secretary of State said at a fundraiser on Tuesday that Russia's move to start issuing passports in Crimean Ukraine was akin to "population transfers" that happened in Nazi Germany during World War II.

"Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the 30s," Clinton said according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram. "All the Germans that were ... the ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying they’re not being treated right. I must go and protect my people and that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous."

"She compared issuing Russian passports to Ukrainians with ties to Russia with early actions by Nazi Germany before Hitler began invading neighboring countries," Harry Saltzgaver, editor of a chain of newspapers in Long Beach, said.

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) is finally done with that pesky Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX).

Cornyn handily won his party's nomination, winning with 63 percent of the vote against Stockman with 17 percent of the vote when the race was called by the Associated Press. The race was called with 2 percent of precincts reporting.

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Dallas Tea Party candidate Katrina Pierson was able to collect an impressive list of endorsements during her campaign to defeat Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX). Those endorsements included FreedomWorks, Sarah Palin, and Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

But then Arpaio un-endorsed Pierson saying she did not properly explain Sessions's position on immigration and amnesty.

In an interview with TPM on Tuesday, the evening of the Texas primary, Pierson said it really wasn't clear why Arpaio switched his support.

"Nobody sort of knows and he's sort of been radio silent on the whole thing," Pierson said. "All we can tell was from the release from Sessions' office is that he and Pete's dad were good buddies and he felt like that we misled him on amnesty and so I'm sure you also saw that the video of Mr. Sessions supporting amnesty's purpose so we're not quite sure what happened there."

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The presumed frontrunner in the North Carolina Republican primary for Senate once said Obamacare is a "great idea" but that it just can't be paid for.

In an interview on the Bill Lumaye Show in early February, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R), the presumed frontrunner in the GOP primary, said that Obamacare is a "great idea that can't be paid for."

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