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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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has pledged to support whoever wins the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, even if that's McConnell's primary challenger, Matt Bevin.

Kentucky's Republican Party is calling on both candidates to sign a pledge committing to support the eventual Republican nominee, whether it's Bevin or McConnell, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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The only black candidate in the Republican primary for the open Georgia Senate seat, has backed up Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who, among other things, went on a racist rant about how blacks are "better off as slaves" instead of depending on government assistance.

In a new YouTube clip, the candidate, Derrick Grayson, said that he had been making a similar argument to Bundy for a while.

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Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) doesn't think there should be changes to the death penalty in light of the botched execution of Clayton Lockett earlier in the week.

Inhofe told Roll Call that the focus should stay on the crimes Lockett committed.

"Now this happened, I don't remember the guy's name, but I do know that he raped and then with a sawed-off shotgun shot the girl and buried her alive," Inhofe said Wednesday, referring to Lockett's crimes. "And the people who're concerned about how much he must have suffered, they ought to think about how much she suffered, and I don't think that should change anything."

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Rep. Jack Kingston's (R-GA) children want you to know their dad is cheap.

The four children of the GOP Senate candidate are featured in a new ad describing their father's thrifty habits.

"Our dad is Jack Kingston, he really is cheap and it's not just the car he drives," Betsy, one of Kingston's daughters said, referring to a previous ad on Kingston choosing to drive an old station wagon to save money.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will undergo a minor medical procedure related to back problems, his office said Wednesday.

"The Speaker is having a minor, unscheduled medical procedure related to recurring back problems," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said in a statement.

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) said Wednesday that congressional Republicans should support some kind of minimum wage hike.

His comments, on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" came a few hours before the Senate's scheduled vote on a minimum wage increase.

Pawlenty said Republicans should support a "reasonable" minimum wage increase. He didn't say whether that increase was to $10.10 per hour, which is what congressional Democrats support.

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