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A new Quinnipiac poll in Ohio finds Gov. John Kasich (R) leading challenger Ed FitzGerald (D) in the race for governor by double digits, 48% to 36%. Said pollster Peter Brown: "The Democratic nominee still has a long way to go with little more than three...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Former President George W. Bush has been working on a "highly personal project since leaving the White House: He has quietly completed a biography of his father, former President George H.W. Bush," the AP reports. The book will be released on November...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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"The House voted mostly along party lines Wednesday to authorize suing President Obama, which Republicans called a principled move to rein in an increasingly lawless president and Democrats and the White House dismissed as a taxpayer-financed political...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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A new Rasmussen survey in Michigan finds Gary Peters (D) leading Terri Lynn Land (R) in the U.S. Senate race by six points, 45% to 39%....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Joe Klein: "There is a chance that the Republicans will try to impeach the President, especially later in the summer, after he announces a major Executive Order that will affect a large number--millions, perhaps--of the illegal immigrants now in the...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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A new Anzalone Liszt Grove (D) poll in Arkansas finds Sen. Mark Pryor (D) leading challenger Tom Cotton (R) by two points in the U.S. Senate race, 48% to 46%.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Nate Silver: "The scoreboard so far in July: Fox News has 95 mentions of impeachment, and MSNBC 448. That works out to about 2.7 mentions per hour of original programming on MSNBC, or once every 22 minutes."...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Roll Call: "A Congress known for its dysfunction and acrimony may be on the verge of a rare triple combo -- passing major bills addressing the border crisis, the Veterans Affairs scandal and the Highway Trust Fund in one week. But if it happens, it's...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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President Obama asked Republicans to stop "hating" and "being mad all the time" during a Wednesday speech, The Hill reports. Said Obama: ""Stop being mad all the time. Stop. Stop just hating all the time. C'mon ... I know they're not happy that I'm president...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Maggie Haberman: "No one believes Christie has returned to his old pole position -- and there's a strong current of thought in GOP circles that even absent the traffic scandal, Christie will be too damaged by New Jersey's tattered economy and broken...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Evan Thomas: "Richard Nixon taped roughly 3,700 hours of his conversations as president. About 3,000 hours of those tapes have been released, while the rest remain closed to protect family privacy or national security. The public has a general impression...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Coming soon: Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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A new Vox Populi Polling (R) survey finds David Perdue (R) with a nine-point lead over Michelle Nunn (D) in the U.S. Senate race, 49% to 40%, with 10% undecided....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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The Defense Department and the Department of the Army "will be reviewing the plagiarism allegations against Sen. John Walsh (D-MT), according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Army War College, where Walsh allegedly used the work of other people in his 2007...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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David Wasserman: "As a House analyst for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, I've personally interviewed over 300 congressional candidates over the course of seven years, both to get to know them and evaluate their chances of winning. I've been impressed...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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"Republicans hoped that by filing a lawsuit against President Obama -- a move that is expected to win House endorsement Wednesday -- they would mobilize conservatives eager for a confrontation with the White House. But so far it appears to be rallying...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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First Read: "So both sides are playing this cynical game, turning the midterms into a base election that will be decided by who best motivates their base rather than by trying to fix the country's problems. (Republicans: 'This President is breaking the...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Ray LaRaja and Brian Schaffner: "In our forthcoming book, we show that campaign finance laws that empower parties do lead to less polarization. Party organizations do, in fact, behave differently than other partisan groups by mediating ideological sources...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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"The U.S. economy rebounded strongly this spring after a first-quarter contraction, eking out positive growth over the past six months and raising hopes for sustained growth in the second half of 2014," the Wall Street Journal reports....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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David Freedlander notes that if Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) "does in fact reverse her repeated denials of interest and decides to run for president, she will have to do so virtually alone. That's because almost to a person, her earliest and most devoted...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Stephen Colbert takes on the Sarah Palin Channel. Just brilliant.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Wonk Wire: Strong connection between religion and political identity
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Rhode Island Democratic party chairman David Caprio resigned Tuesday, saying he couldn't "dedicate the the necessary time and energy" to help candidates in their campaigns, the Providence Journal reports. His resignation came a day after reports that...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told the Louisville Courier Journal that he is working on a new book that will come out early next year -- about the same time he will decide whether to run for president. Said Paul while chuckling: "Just coincidence, probably just...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Karl Rove said President Obama "is playing with the American people by suggesting a constitutional crisis where none exists. Shame on him and shame on those people in the administration who participate with him," Politico reports. He added: "Shame on...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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A new We Ask America poll in Illinois finds Bruce Rauner (R) with a big lead over Gov. Pat Quinn (D) in the race for governor, 47% to 33%....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and his wife, Maureen, "on trial for conspiring to use his office for personal enrichment, outlined an unexpected defense on Tuesday: Their marriage was so broken that they did not communicate enough to conspire...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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A new Hendrix College poll in Arkansas finds Tom Cotton (R) leading Sen. Mark Pryor (D) in the U.S. Senate race by two points, 44% to 42%. Meanwhile, Pryor released an internal poll that shows he has a six point lead, 45% to 39%....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Mark Leibovich: "It would be one thing if all of this early activity and attention in Iowa resulted in a smarter electorate, better candidates or a more authentic version of democracy. But in general, the quaint 'retail' settings of Iowa diners and New...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (D-NY) said the Republican lawsuit against and push for impeachment of President Obama is paying dividends for his party, according to The Hill. Said Israel: "I think that the Republican strategy of lawsuits, approaching impeachment,...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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A new Fox News poll found that 57% of American voters would not want President Obama to campaign with them if they were running for office this year, while 41% said they would....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Sean Trende uses Nate Silver's demographic calculator to estimate how long it will take for Texas, Arizona and Georgia to become blue states given current population trends. "I waited a long time. Arizona finally flips in 2036, and Georgia flips in 2048....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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"Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO who unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate in California in 2010, is diving back into electoral politics," according to U.S. News and World Report. "For now, her work is focused on pushing back against Democrats'...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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First Read looks at the leak of a strategy document from Michelle Nunn's (D) campaign and notes "the revelation isn't good for her consultants' business, that's for sure." "More importantly, this is something Nunn can't afford. If she's going to win...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Byron York: "That's what scares some Republican strategists. Back in 1998, there was an intense internal debate among Republicans over how much to make the midterms about President Bill Clinton. The strategists who favored attacking the president won...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) "relied on a loan from his lieutenant governor to raise slightly more money this year than his Democratic challenger," the Kansas City Star reports. "Brownback reported taking in $1.2 million for the reporting period ending...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Fox Detroit has a report on campaign fundraising that includes this interesting nugget: "Since 2010, the Conservative Strikeforce has raised nearly $10 million. More than $9 million of the loot was paid to the fundraisers. That means candidates got less...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Sen. Lamar Alexander's (R-TN) internal polling shows him with a 30-percentage point lead over tea-party challenger Joe Carr in Tennessee's Republican Senate primary, 53% to 21%, the Wall Street Journal reports....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Politico: "Something very strange is happening on Capitol Hill. Democrats can't talk enough about impeaching a president of their own party. And Republicans keep saying that there isn't a chance they'll give it a try." "With just three days left until...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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"Anyone who has made even a passing glance at the Israeli media in the past few days will have noticed the incredible chorus of criticism being directed at John Kerry right now. The secretary of state has been lambasted by all sides for his apparent...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Former Nixon White House counsel John Dean joined us on the Political Wire podcast for a discussion about his fascinating new book, The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It. Listen here: Subscribe via iTunes or RSS to get new episodes automatically...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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"A Phoenix strip club has endorsed a Democratic pastor for Congress. And the candidate, Rev. Jarrett Maupin, says he welcomes the The Great Alaskan Bush Company's support," the Arizona Republic reports. Said Maupin: "The Lord works in mysterious ways."...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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"Even as they grapple with an immigration crisis at the border, White House officials are making plans to act before November's mid-term elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants who are in this country illegally, allowing...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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"The United States has concluded that Russia violated a landmark arms control treaty by testing a prohibited ground-launched cruise missile, according to senior American officials, a finding that was conveyed by President Obama to President Vladimir...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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A new Rasmussen survey in Georgia finds Jason Carter (D) just ahead of Gov. Nathan Deal (R) in the race for governor, 45% to 44%....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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A new Survey USA poll in Kentucky finds Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) just ahead of challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) in the U.S. Senate race, 47% to 45%....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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With former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell (R) and his wife Maureen about to go on trial, here are some games and puzzles to guide your through the courtroom drama....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, July 28, 2014
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Phillip Bump: "We're obviously a few miles down the road from the days when candidates for elected office stood on wooden platforms. But we are perhaps further than you might think. In fact, there is nothing in federal law that would prevent a super...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, July 28, 2014
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Nate Cohn: "Unfortunately, generic ballot polling has been sparse so far this cycle. Last week, however, there were three national polls, by Fox News, CNN and Pew Research, asking the generic ballot question. None showed an anti-Democrat wave, like the...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, July 28, 2014
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"A federal appeals court panel today struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage," the Richmond Times Dispatch reports. "Today's decision is significant because it also renders unconstitutional similar marriage bans in North Carolina, South Carolina...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Monday, July 28, 2014
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