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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

A Republican Senate candidate interviewed by The Dallas Morning News denied that he said ranchers should be allowed to shoot "wetbacks" on sight.

The candidate, Chris Mapp, did not deny using the racial epithet, just using it in the context of shooting by ranchers. His post came after interviews with the Dallas Morning News and the San Antonio Express-News. In a lengthy, rambling Facebook post on Saturday, Mapp wrote:

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Democratic Senate candidates in key 2014 primary states have two big concerns right now: one is what kind of Republican gets the GOP nomination and the other is Americans for Prosperity. And it's the second that might be a bigger problem for Democrats this fall.

The group has continually hit red-state Senate Democrats -- not just on Obamacare but also on topics important to their respective states. Recently the group released a new ad hitting Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) on the environment.

Unlike virtually every other conservative outside group that's spent most of 2014 fueling one side of the GOP Civil War, Americans for Prosperity -- backed by the wealthy billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch -- has acted like the adult in the room, pouring money into attacking the presumptive Democratic candidates. This tactic has kept Democrats in a more defensive crouch than what would normally happen while an opposing party's primary rages on.

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A Republican Senate candidate argued to The Dallas Morning News editorial board earlier this month that ranchers in Texas should be allowed to shoot "wetbacks" trying to cross the border illegally.

The candidate, Chris Mapp, who is running in the Republican primary against Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), also called President Barack Obama "a socialist son of a bitch," according to the Morning News editorial board.

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New emails that came out of an ongoing investigation of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) days as Milwaukee county executive show that his top aides were doing campaign work on official government time and that Walker himself may have been aware of that. But that may not be the first time in Walker's political career that campaign rules snagged him.

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A Republican Senate candidate in South Dakota has managed to rack up an impressive $20,000 debt to an advertising firm despite posting strong fundraising numbers in the fourth quarter of 2013.

The unpaid tab by the candidate, Annette Bosworth, has Florida advertising firm SSC threatening to sue.

"I've never had a Republican or any other political person do something like this," SSC founder Douglas Brown told The Argus Leader of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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Colorado's new executive director for the state's Department of Corrections detailed his time in solitary confinement in an op-ed this week and said it has prompted him to re-think aspects of the prison system.

The executive director, Rick Raemisch, described spending 20 hours in solitary confinement to get a "better sense of what solitary confinement was like, and what it did to the prisoners who were housed there, sometimes for years."

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