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"A new study estimates that more than 10 million adults gained health insurance by midyear as the coverage expansion under President Barack Obama's law took hold in much of the country," the AP reports....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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A new CNN/ORC poll finds that more than half of Americans say Obamacare "has helped either their families or others across the country, although less than one in five Americans say they have personally benefited from the health care law." The survey...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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First Read: "Make no mistake: The conservative legal strategy against the law (whether it was targeting the Commerce Clause or now this wording of the subsidies) has been very clever and almost effective. Politically, it's also been VERY effective. But...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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President Obama and his wife, Michelle, "could be the owners of a home in Rancho Mirage listed at $4.25 million before the month is out," the Los Angeles Times reports. "The First Family is believed to be in escrow on a contemporary home in a gated community...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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"Days before an Arizona murderer gasped and snorted for more than 90 minutes and died nearly two hours after his execution began, a conservative federal appeals judge called for replacing lethal injection with firing squads, saying the public must acknowledge...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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A new Public Policy Institute of California poll finds Gov. Jerry Brown (D) leading Neel Kashkari (R) in the race for governor by a wide margin, 52% to 33%.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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First Read: "If it wasn't apparent a week ago, it certainly is now: The chances are slim that Congress passes anything to deal with humanitarian crisis on the border of unaccompanied minors coming into the United States. For starters, President Obama...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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First Read sees the plagiarism scandal severely hurting Sen. John Walsh's (D-MT) ability to hold on to his seat for Democrats this fall. "Yes, politicians can survive plagiarism scandals -- see Vice President Biden and Rand Paul (so far). And Sen. Richard...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball: "Let's stipulate that a wave can develop late in the season, in September or even October, and if it does in 2014, it will be colored Red and the Senate will surely go Republican. Even without a wave, there's a fair to good...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Fortune reports on "the corrupt underbelly of the EB-5 immigration program, which allows wealthy foreigners to obtain U.S. citizenship by sinking $500,000 apiece into a venture that creates American jobs, and has given rise to a rapidly growing industry."...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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A new Pew Research survey finds the Republican Party holds a clear advantage in voter engagement. Key finding: "Republicans lead on a number of key engagement indicators, though in most cases by smaller margins than four years ago. Currently, 45% of...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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ABC News: "Expect it to be rocky in Aspen. Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino is planning on confronting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over comments he made earlier in the week about his campaign's viability against New York Gov. Andrew...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Greg Sargent: "Democratic leaders are planning an aggressive effort to turn the House GOP lawsuit against President Obama into a political positive in the 2014 elections, with ads and other paid media designed to cast the GOP as extreme and committed...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Sen. John Walsh (D-MT) said "his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his thesis to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College was an unintentional mistake caused in part by post-traumatic...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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"The Wednesday afternoon execution of convicted murderer Joseph Rudolph Wood III took nearly two hours, confirming concerns that had been raised by his attorneys about a controversial drug used by the state of Arizona," the Arizona Republic reports....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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An examination of the final paper required for Sen. John Walsh's (D-MT) master's degree from the United States Army War College "indicates the senator appropriated at least a quarter of his thesis on American Middle East policy from other authors' works,...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Claremont Courier: "Canvassers working on behalf of the Let Claremont Vote Committee started making the rounds last week, circulating a petition for a separate measure calling for voter approval on the city's water bonds. At around 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday,...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Roll Call: "If Senate Democrats lose the majority, it won't be for lack of cash-flush campaigns. Facing a daunting map, Democrats turned in solid -- sometimes eye-popping -- second-quarter fundraising totals for the midterms." "Even with incumbents such...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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A new Marquette Law School Poll in Wisconsin finds that the governor's race is still a dead heat, with Gov. Scott Walker (R) barely edging challenger Mary Burke (R), 46% to 45%.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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A new Palmetto Politics poll in South Carolina finds Gov. Nikki Haley (R) leading Vincent Sheheen (D) by just four points, 46% to 42% in a race that includes independent and libertarian candidates. In a head-to-head matchup, Haley leads Sheheen, 53%...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Morning Line: "Overall, midterms are not kind to presidents and their parties. And when a president's approval rating is below 50 percent, like President Obama's is now, the president's party loses an average of about three more seats in the Senate than...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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A new Quinnipiac poll in Florida finds Charlie Crist (D) leading Gov. Rick Scott (R) in the race for governor, 45% to 40%. However, when Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie is added to the mix, the race is too close to call, with 39% for Crist, 37% for...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) hinted at another run for president in 2016 in an interview with Real Clear Politics, saying "there's a chance I could run" for president again....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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First Read: "One more point on the Georgia contest: Yes, Perdue's win contradicted the existing polls, but they weren't good polls -- which is why, for instance, you never saw us make note of them. We do try and only highlight pollsters who have good...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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A new Harper Polling survey in Arizona shows a tightening Republican primary contest for governor with Doug Ducey (R) just ahead of Christine Jones (R), 23% to 21%, with another 22% undecided....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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A new SurveyUSA poll in Florida shows Charlie Crist (D) leading Gov. Rick Scott (R) in the governor's race by six points, 46% to 40%. The previous poll had Scott leading by two points....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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David Perdue (R) stunned Georgia's Republican political establishment Tuesday by capturing the party's U.S. Senate nomination in his first run for office, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Perdue "toppled 11-term Rep. Jack Kingston (R) by a narrow...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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A new Roanoke College poll in Virginia shows Sen. Mark Warner (D) with a 25-point lead over challenger Ed Gillespie (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 47% to 22%, with Libertarian Robert Sarvis at 5%....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino (R) slammed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) after Christie contended as head of the Republican Governor's Association that Astorino has little chance in his race against Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), the Poughkeepsie...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) "is back in the game," the Washington Post reports. "What he lacks in sizzle from 2011 he's making up for with newfound substance on issues such as the economy and turmoil in the Middle East. And with tens of thousands of undocumented...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Longshot New York congressional candidate Nick Di Iorio (R) "has been signed to star in a proposed reality show about candidates running in 'unwinnable' races. In a draft opinion released Monday, the Federal Election Commission said Di Iorio can appear...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Tom Goldstein: "The Affordable Care Act took a potentially serious hit today when the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a rule that extended the law's health-care subsidies to residents of the three-dozen states where the federal government runs...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Alex Lundry joins us for a fascinating look into the use of data mining in the upcoming midterm and presidential elections. Listen here: Subscribe via iTunes or RSS to get episodes automatically downloaded....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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A new Public Policy Polling survey in North Carolina finds Sen. Kay Hagan (D) continuing to grow her lead over challenger Thom Tillis (R) as the legislative session drags on. Hagan now has a seven point lead, 41% to 34%, with Libertarian Sean Haugh pulling...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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New York Times: "Two federal appeals court panels issued conflicting rulings Tuesday on whether the government could subsidize health insurance premiums for people in three dozen states that use the federal insurance exchange. The decisions are the latest...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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"For all the progress women have made in Congress and in elections, they are practically sitting out the new game that is redefining American politics: big money," Politico reports. "It's not that women want to leave it to men like Sheldon Adelson and...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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"Jack Kingston finished second in the Georgia Republican Senate primary back in May, but he's the favorite to win Tuesday's runoff," Politico reports. "David Perdue, who finished first in the May 20 primary but fell short of the threshold to avoid the...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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"Joko Widodo, the governor of Jakarta whose common touch has made him a political phenomenon, was declared the winner of Indonesia's presidential election on Tuesday, completing an improbable ascent from child of the slums to leader of the world's fourth...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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A new Democracy Corps poll in 12 states where control of the Senate is being contested shows that control of the chamber "rests on a knife's edge" with Republicans leading 46% to 44%....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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A new report finds that turnout in the 25 states that have held statewide primaries so far has declined from 18.3% in 2010 to 14.8% this year. First Read: "What's more, the report says that turnout in 15 of these 25 states has reached historic lows,...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Jeff Greenfield: "It's a question that's roiled the liberal universe for years: Why won't 81-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg resign from the Supreme Court and give President Obama the chance to pick her successor, in case the Senate...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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A federal appeals court ruled that the government "could not subsidize health care premiums for people in three dozen states that use the federal insurance exchange, a ruling that could upend President Obama's health care law," the New York Times reports....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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A new Rasmussen survey finds that 23% of Americans still believe that Barack Obama is not an American citizen, with another 17% who aren't sure. However, 60% reject that theory as false....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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A new Human Events/Gravis Marketing poll in Iowa finds Joni Ernst (R) with a one-point lead over Bruce Braley (D) in the U.S. Senate race, 44% to 43%.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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"Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill are united on one thing: The best strategy this election year is to punt on any big decisions," Politico reports. "Senate leaders are set to join the Republican House soon to replenish the ailing Highway Trust...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Nate Cohn: "This year seemed poised to turn into another so-called wave election, like in 2006 or 2010, when a rising tide of dissatisfaction with the incumbent party swept the opposition into power. Given a favorable midterm map, with so many Democratic...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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