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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The South Carolina Bar Association is calling for Gov. Nikki Haley's (R) reelection campaign to take down an attack ad that hits her Democratic opponent's background as a defense attorney.

The bar argues the ad wrongly attacks defense attorneys in bashing state Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D).

"That's a basic tenent of the Constitution," South Carolina Bar Association President Alice Paylor said on Wednesday according to the Post and Courier. "What they're attacking is the whole basis of the U.S. and the U.S. Constitution. According to them, I guess everyone accused of something is automatically guilty."

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Republican strategist Karl Rove added his name to the list of critics seeking to unskew a bunch of New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation polls which showed a number of Democrats in key Senate races running either neck-and-neck or ahead of their Republican competitors. Rove claimed the poll was "badly done."

The polls' findings provoked criticism from The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol, among others, who said that the surveys were wrong because of the findings on a subquestion over Arkansas voters.

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Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (D) leads current Gov. Rick Scott ( R) in the Florida governor's race, according to a new poll from the conservative-leaning Rasmussen Reports.

The poll, released Thursday, found Crist leading Scott 45 percent to 39 percent with 6 percent saying they preferred another candidate and 10 percent who said they were undecided.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) primary challenger, Matt Bevin, called the top Senate Republican a "coward" exhibiting the same kind of childishness as an eighth grader in response to McConnell's campaign jabbing at Bevin's family over a new campaign ad.

After Bevin's campaign aired a new ad featuring his large family, the twitter handle @BailoutBevinKy, run by the McConnell campaign, tweeted out I was waiting for 'My dad went to MIT!'" a dig at Bevin suggesting that he was a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Updated: April 24, 2014, 10:25 AM

Once it was the Internal Revenue Service, then it was the National Parks Service. Now, quickly, the Bureau of Land Management is becoming the agency of the federal government conservatives love to hate as a sign of federal overreach into local affairs.

The spark was a showdown between Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officials and cattle rancher Cliven Bundy in Nevada but, more recently, Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for governor, has taken an adversarial stance against the agency as well. On Tuesday Abbott sent a letter to the head of the BLM with a list of questions about a possible land acquisition near the Red River in Texas.

"As Attorney General of Texas, I am deeply troubled by reports from BLM field hearings that the federal government may claim — for the first time — that 90,000 acres of territory along the Red River now belong to the federal government," Abbott wrote.

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Families of the victims of the Aurora, Colorado shooting denounced Americans For Prosperity for photoshopping a picture of President Barack Obama and Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) into a new ad attacking Udall on Obamacare.

"The use of an image taken from the President's visit to Colorado to meet with us after our children were killed in the Aurora Theater shooting is an utter disgrace," the families said in a statement on Wednesday. "And to insinuate the somber expressions were for anything other than their compassionate response to our heartbreak is beyond unconscionable. Americans for Prosperity is exploiting our tragedy for political gain and this ad should be pulled from the air immediately. We hope Colorado television stations will exercise sound judgment and not air this ad until AFP removes the image."

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Update: Americans For Prosperity said Wednesday afternoon that the photoshopped image would be removed from the ad.

The Koch brothers'-backed outside group Americans For Prosperity photoshopped a picture of President Barack Obama and Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) during a visit to a Colorado hospital after the shooting massacre in Aurora for a campaign ad attacking Udall on Obamacare.

The cut-and-paste job was first reported by Buzzfeed's Evan McMorris-Santoro on Wednesday.

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The New York Times' Nate Cohn pushed back on criticism of a set of new polls released Wednesday that showed Southern Democrats either leading or neck-and-neck in four Senate races that have long been regarded as easy pickups for Republicans in the 2014 cycle.

Cohn responded to criticism from, in particular, The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol and the Republican National Committee over the poll. Kristol argued that the poll's survey results on a question over who voters supported in 2012 proves the poll is clearly skewed toward Democrats. Cohn brushed off that argument.

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Like clockwork, the consistently wrong Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol quickly moved to "unskew" a set of new polls showing Democrats in surprisingly good shape in a handful of Senate races where Republicans have long been regarded as the favorites.

The polls, conducted by The New York Times and Kaiser Family Foundation showed Democratic Sens. Kay Hagan (NC), Mary Landrieu (LA), and Mark Pryor (AR) as well as likely Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes either in an essential dead heat or leading their Republican competitors. Those Democrats have all been regarded as highly vulnerable this election cycle.

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