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Charles and David Koch "added $1.3 billion to their collective fortune yesterday on reports that U.S. industrial production gained more than forecast. The surge elevated their net worth to more than $100 billion," according to the Bloomberg Billionaires...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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John Edwards "has returned to the courtroom to help represent a 4-year-old Virginia boy in a medical malpractice case," the AP reports. "In 2012, Edwards faced six felony charges in a case involving nearly $1 million provided by two wealthy political...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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"Since 1983, Larry Flynt has sent the monthly magazine he founded, Hustler, to each and every member of Congress," National Journal reports. "The dirty mag comes in a plain manila envelope, fairly undetectable to the poor intern or staffer tasked with...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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President Obama announced that "eight million people have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and that 35 percent are under the age of 35, countering the criticism that it would attract mainly older and sicker people," the New...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Vice President Joe Biden "says he hasn't decided whether to seek the presidency in 2016 -- and when he does he'll tell the incumbent about it first," USA Today reports. Said Biden: "If I decide to run, believe me, this'll be the first guy I talk to....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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A new Public Policy Polling survey in Ohio finds Gov. John Kasich (R) in a dead heat with challenger Ed Fitzgerald (D), 44% to 44%.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden (D) will not run for re-election to a third term this year, instead setting his sights on the governor's office in 2016, The Week reports. Said Biden: "What started as a thought -- a very persistent thought -- has...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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A new Rasmussen poll in South Carolina finds Gov. Nikki Haley (R) way ahead of Vincent Sheheen (D) in her re-election race, 52% to 37%....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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The Glasgow Daily Times reports that a constituent asked Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) why he came out in support of the re-election of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY). "Paul declined to answer the question publicly, saying he would speak with her in private and...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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A Smart Politics analysis finds that if Kathleen Sebelius (D) ran for and won Kansas' U.S. Senate seat in 2014, she would become the first woman ever to serve as governor, cabinet head, and U.S. Senator and just the ninth person to serve in all three...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Former CIA Director Leon Panetta told the New York Times that President Obama had a "mixed record" on making difficult national security decisions and suggested that Hillary Clinton would be better. Said Panetta: "The president has made some tough decisions....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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A new Pan Atlantic SMS poll in Maine shows Gov. Paul LePage (R) leading his re-election race with 39%, followed by Michael Michaud (D) at 37% and Eliot Cutler (I) at 20%....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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A new Survey USA poll in Florida finds Charlie Crist (D) leading Gov. Rick Scott (R) in the race for governor, 46% to 41%.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Wall Street Journal: "Republican leaders are telling the party's House members that persistent criticism of the federal health-care law is the best path to victory this fall regardless of how the law's implementation evolves ahead of the November elections."...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Leah Gordon, the staff member of Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) who is accused of leaking the video of the congressman's scandalous kiss, has resigned as his district office manager, the Monroe News Star reports....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Former Rep. Bob Beauprez (R-CO) "has made the GOP ballot for governor, but thousands of signatures he turned in were declared invalid by the secretary of state's office," the Denver Post reports. "Considering the amount of money Beauprez spent collecting...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Geoffrey Skelley: "So far, 50 members of the 113th Congress have either left office or signaled their intentions to leave at the end of this cycle... Despite all that, the degree of turnover in the House this cycle is not unusually high. Over the last...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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A new Pew Research poll finds that 52% of Americans don't see President Obama as black but instead consider him mixed-race.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Al Hunt: "If you want to wager on who the 2016 Republican nominee will be and have only one choice, the best bet may be former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. However, the odds overwhelmingly suggest the former governor won't win the nomination -- assuming...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) told the Washington Post that President Obama would use executive action on immigration if Congress does not come up with a proposal by the August recess. Said Diaz-Balart: "I'm convinced that if we don't get it done by...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Hillary Clinton "played an energetic role in virtually every foreign policy issue of President Obama's first term, advocating generally hawkish views internally while using her celebrity to try to restore America's global standing after the hit it took...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Norm Ornstein: "Thanks to McCutcheon, only quid pro quo corruption is sufficient to trigger any restrictions on campaign contributions--meaning, direct bribery of the Abscam or American Hustle variety, presumably captured on videotape for the world to...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Skip Rutherford, dean of the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, joins us on the Political Wire podcast for a fascinating discussion of Arkansas politics. Listen here: Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or RSS to get episodes automatically...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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The Boston Globe got an advance copy of A Fighting Chance by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and notes "the campaign-style book undoubtedly will stoke more calls for the Democratic Massachusetts senator, who won her Senate seat in 2012, to mount a 2016...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Harry Enten is doubtul that Kathleen Sebelius (D) could win the Senate race in Kansas she's reportedly weighing."The last time a Democrat was elected to the Senate from Kansas was 1932. That's not only the longest drought for the party, it's by far the...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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A new Winthrop poll in South Carolina finds Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) still upside down, 40% to 44%, despite months of television ads from his re-election campaign.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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"Nine days before a team of its top lawyers made public a report clearing Governor Christie in the George Washington Bridge scandal, the law firm donated $10,000 to the Republican Governors Association, a group he heads," the Bergen Record reports....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Morning Line: "Federal campaign finance reports were (in theory) due at midnight for the first quarter of 2014, and we're going to be looking at a few different angles on money in this election. First, what's available comprehensively is outside spending...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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"Republican donors and operatives are chattering about Bush's publicity-shy wife, so worried she isn't on board with a 2016 White House run that they're urging people in the family's orbit to make the case," Politico reports. "Columba Bush has long been...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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The New York Times has a must-read look at how President Obama reversed his position on same-sex marriage. "David Plouffe, a mastermind of the 2008 victory and a senior adviser to the president, reached out to Ken Mehlman for advice. The previous year,...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Kathleen Sebelius (D) is considering running against Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), who called on her to resign after the bungled launch of Obamacare last fall, the New York Times reports. "Several Democrats said this week that Ms. Sebelius had been mentioned...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Mother Jones published previously unreleased audio recordings, text messages and emails which reveal a side of New Mexico Gov. Susanna Martinez (R) the public "has rarely, if ever, seen." "In private, Martinez can be nasty, juvenile, and vindictive....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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A new McClatchy-Marist poll finds Democrats have staked out a lead over Republicans in the generic Congressional ballot, 48% to 42%. However, just 45% approve of President Obama's job performance, while 52% disapprove....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) voiced support "for an end to campaign-finance limits, which he said have led to a system that has obscured the sources - but not stemmed the rise - of money in politics," the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Said Christie:...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) signed a bill "prohibiting cities across the state from establishing mandatory minimum wage and employee benefits, including vacation or sick leave days," the Huffington Post reports. "Advocates of the new law contend that...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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A Republican legislator in the Alaska state House apologized for touting the benefits of breastfeeding by calling it "smart and sexy," the Huffington Post reports. Said state Rep. Shelley Hughes (R): "My intent was to draw attention to this incredibly...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Wonk Wire: Phyllis Schlafly says women won't find husbands if paid the same as men.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Michael Bloomberg, "making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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"The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is sitting on one of the largest bank accounts in politics, both among party-linked campaign committees and outside groups. Among party-backed groups that have disclosed their fundraising, the closest...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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A new Public Policy Polling (D) survey in Texas finds Greg Abbott (R) leading Wendy Davis (D) in the race for governor by double-digits, 51% to 37%.Key findings: "Those numbers are largely unchanged from our last poll of the state in early November when...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) released a very effective ad using footage from local and cable news broadcasts. However, the Weekly Standard notes at least one scene -- Landrieu speaking at a committee hearing -- was re-enacted for the ad. "The reenactment...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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"The Conservative mayor of Swindon has resigned after he called disabled people 'Mongols' and questioned whether they should be allowed to have sex," Huffington Post UK reports....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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A new study finds that rich and powerful interest groups have a much greater impact on government policy than the majority of citizens. "The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Alex Sink (D) has decided not to run for Congress again this year, meaning there will not be a rematch of the nationally watched and extraordinarily costly campaign that Sink lost a little over a month ago to Rep. David Jolly (R), the Tampa Bay Times...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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A new Loras College Poll in Iowa finds Mark Jacobs (R) edging Joni Ernst (R) in the GOP Senate primary, 19% to 18%, with the other candidates were in single digits: Sam Clovis at 7%, Matt Whitaker at 4% and Scott Schaben at 4%....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Advertising Age says that local Democratic campaigns across the country "may struggle to use something as big and complex as Obama's data trove, which was built for a nationwide campaign. Think of taking a fire hose to your flower garden, or asking the...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Arizona Republic: "Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential campaign, which is getting new attention because 2014 marks its 50th anniversary, made plenty of mistakes in the Arizona Republican's landslide loss to Democrat Lyndon Johnson. But one lasting innovation...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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John Murray says former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland (R) wrote a book while on a "government sponsored sabbatical." "While in prison in Loretto, Pennsylvania, Rowland had written a book, and had unsuccessfully tried to sell it to publishing houses in...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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"A report over the weekend that Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn might launch a 2016 Republican presidential bid spurred a non-denial denial from her campaign staff, though she appeared to be more explicit during a visit to New Hampshire," the Tennessean...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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The law firm hired by Gov. Chris Christie (R) "to investigate the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge released more than 400 pages of documents Monday that describe in detail interactions among the governor's aides as the controversy over the...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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