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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.

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Rep. Ed Pastor (D-AZ) is retiring from Congress.

He announced on Thursday that he would not seek another term as congressman of the Seventh District of Arizona. Pastor, 70, has served in Congress for 23 years.

"I’ve been in public office for 39 years and it’s been a pleasure to serve the people of Arizona," Pastor said in a statement on Thursday according to Roll Call. "After 23 in Congress, I feel it’s time for me to seek out a new endeavor. It’s been a great honor, a great experience and a great joy for me to serve in Congress. I think it’s time for me to do something else."

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There was something of a switcheroo in the Colorado Republican primary: after news broke that Rep. Cory Gardner (R) would run for Senate against Sen. Mark Udall (D), tea partier Ken Buck decided he would drop out of the Senate race to run for Gardner's House seat instead.

"I have talked to Cory and I feel that he would be a great candidate for the U.S. Senate," Buck told CBS Denver on Wednesday after news broke about Gardner. "I am stepping aside so he can run against Mark Udall."

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Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) said there were efforts within a Tennessee Volkswagen plant to intimidate workers to join the United Auto Workers Union. Those efforts, Corker said, happened during a vote by the workers on whether to join the union or not.

His comments came during a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Thursday, days after the workers in the plant voted not to join the union. Since then the UAW has appealed the ruling, citing Corker and other Republican lawmakers who threatened to rescind tax benefits for Volkswagen if workers voted to join a union.

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) praised Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) for vetoing a controversial anti-gay bill on Wednesday.

"I appreciate the decision made by Governor Brewer to veto this legislation," McCain said in a statement released shortly after Brewer announced her veto. "I hope that we can now move on from this controversy and assure the American people that everyone is welcome to live, work and enjoy our beautiful State of Arizona."

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The openly lesbian mayor of Houston isn't surprised by a federal judge's ruling that the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional.

In a statement, Houston Mayor Annise Parker (D) said that the ruling is just another step in the direction Texas is headed.

"This is not a surprise. I have known all along that this is where we are heading in my home state and across the country," Parker said in a statement. "It is one more step in a long quest for equal rights that will end at the Supreme Court. I am pleased to see that this federal judge is following the same line of reasoning that led me to recognize same sex spouses for the purposes of city business."

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is now saying he would veto a controversial Arizona bill that lets businesses discriminate against LGBT people after dodging the question this morning on MSNBC.

"I don’t want to tell Governor Brewer what to do, she can do what’s best for her state. From my understanding of that bill, I would veto it in Florida because it seems unnecessary," Scott said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) disagrees with a federal judge's ruling that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

"Texans spoke loud and clear by overwhelmingly voting to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman in our Constitution, and it is not the role of the federal government to overturn the will of our citizens," Perry said.

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the likely Republican gubernatorial nominee, said the state will appeal a federal judge's decision ruling the state's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional.

Abbott's statement came after U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia handed down the ruling Wednesday afternoon. Garcia issued a stay along with the ruling, which means the ban stays in place while the ruling is appealed.

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