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Politico: “Since the tea party burst onto the political landscape in 2009, the conservative movement has been plagued by an explosion of PACs that critics say exist mostly to pad the pockets of the consultants who run them. Combining sophisticated...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Monday, January 26, 2015
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Sen. Johm McCain (R-AZ) told the Washington Post that his former vice presidential running mate, Sarah Palin, would be a viable White House contender if she chose to run. Said McCain: “She’s very interesting. And I’m sure she’d do great.” The...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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“As the nation waits for the Supreme Court to decide whether same-sex marriages should be legal nationwide, another, more mundane front has opened in the wedding wars: the offices of the state and local officials who perform civil marriages and [...]...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told Roll Call that attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch’s immigration views were “dangerous” and questioned whether Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) should even have the chamber consider her nomination. Said Cruz:...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Conservatives are talking up a possible Democratic presidential primary between Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren, the New York Times reports. “The tactic says much about the 2016 landscape for Republicans. A crowded field of people who say they...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Rick Perry (R) said that a judge’s decision to allow the criminal case against him to continue will not affect his decision on running for president in 2016, The Hill reports. Said Perry: “No, we’re going to continue on. As [...] The post Perry...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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“As Washington has tightened its belt in recent years, the budget cuts have sliced most deeply in states where President Obama is unpopular,” according to an analysis of federal spending by Reuters. “Between the 2009 and 2013 fiscal years, funding...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said that he “is seriously considering running for president because he sees gaps in the field of likely Republican candidates, and that he doesn’t have a problem with being branded as bland or uncharismatic,” the...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who has taken pro-life positions, wrote in the Akron Beacon Journal that he changed his mind on abortion after talking with his female constituents. Said Ryan: “These women gave me a better understanding of how complex [...] The...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Mitt Romney “will make his most forceful public case yet against likely Democratic contender Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions in a speech Wednesday at Mississippi State University. According to his prepared remarks, Romney, who said earlier...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Morning Line: “House Republicans, leadership aides confirm, will move forward with a bill on full repeal of the health care law, something Republicans have done half a dozen times now. (They have voted more than 50 times on measures relating [...]...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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“A judge denied a second and more substantial request Tuesday by former Gov. Rick Perry to dismiss the indictment against him prior to trial, likely extending his criminal case for the next several months as Perry continues mounting a possible [...]...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Mike Huckabee said that while in New York for his Fox News show, he experienced significant culture shock from all the “trashy” women swearing in a professional setting, Politico reports. Said Huckabee: “In the South, or in the Midwest, there [...]...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Mitt Romney “is taking steps to shed some of his property, including retaining a broker who is currently showing the La Jolla home to potential buyers, according to a Romney aide. The aide would not disclose the asking price or [...] The post Romney...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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“As aspiring Republican presidential candidates compete for donor support, the old rules no longer apply,” National Journal reports. “Gone is any vestige of respect for ‘home turf,’ a now-abandoned campaign ethos that at times made candidates...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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“President Obama, facing angry reprisals from parents and from lawmakers of both parties, will drop his proposal to effectively end the popular college savings accounts known as 529s, but will keep an expanded tuition tax credit at the center of [...]...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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“Long-simmering tensions between the Heritage Foundation, its sister political arm and House Republicans erupted Tuesday during a weekly meeting of conservatives, as GOP lawmakers confronted the nonprofit group’s leader behind closed doors,” Politico...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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“Indiana announced plans to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act after securing concessions from the Obama administration that could pave the way for other Republican-led states to widen health coverage for low-income residents,” the Wall...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has agreed to testify to the House’s select committee investigating Benghazi, CNN reports. However, “many details remain to be agreed upon and the appearance could well never happen.” The post Clinton Agrees...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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In an informal straw poll of donors at a conference hosted by the Koch brothers, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) came out ahead of four other possible GOP presidential candidates who had been invited, Politico reports. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) – [...] The post...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Matt Bevin (R), who lost a Republican Senate primary loss to Mitch McConnell (R), “launched another statewide race Tuesday, this time for Kentucky governor,” National Journal reports. “Bevin’s unexpected and late entry—he officially joined...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) said he will soon be “clarifying” what his state-run news site will be doing soon and called reports on the plan an “understandable misunderstanding,” the Indianapolis Star reports. “News of Pence’s plans for the...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Washington Post: “Republicans have consistently railed at President Obama’s exercise of his executive authority, disparaging him as ‘an emperor’ who has ignored Congress on immigration, climate and Cuba. Now that they fully control the Congress,...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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New York Times: “In the delicate and unseen campaign underway for Mr. Murdoch’s affections in the next presidential campaign, this much is clear: Mr. Romney is out of the running, a reality that has pained and angered his allies. Presidential [...]...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) “has taken the first formal step toward a presidential candidacy in 2016, establishing a committee that will help spread his message and underwrite his activities as he seeks to build his political and fundraising networks...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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First Read comments on plans by the Koch brothers to spend nearly $900 million on the 2016 election noting that, “If the past is any indication, most — if not all — of that money will be in anonymous contributions [...] The post The Koch Party...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Washington Post: “If he runs again in 2016, Romney is determined to re-brand himself as authentic, warts and all, and central to that mission is making public what for so long he kept private. He rarely discussed his religious beliefs [...] The post...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Jim Geraghty argues that Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, and Chris Christie aren’t in the top tier of Republican presidential candidates in 2016. Instead, the top candidates are Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Rick Perry, and Bobby Jindal. First Read: “Now, we...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) told about 30 core supporters that he would decide by the spring about whether to run for president, Bloomberg reports. “If Rubio opts to run for president instead of seeking a second term in the Senate, [...] The post Rubio...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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A new USA Today/Suffolk University Poll “finds Republican and Republican-leaning voters scattered among 18 prospective nominees when asked an open-ended question about whom they want the GOP to nominate for president next year.” “Undecided finishes...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Jimmy McMillan, former gubernatorial candidate of the fringe The Rent Is Too Damn High party, “has been slapped with an eviction notice ordering him out of his $872-a-month rent stabilized East Village apartment,” the New York Daily News reports....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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President Obama endorsed Mayor Rahm Emanuel for re-election “in a radio ad that began airing Monday in Chicago, laughing off Emanuel’s ‘hardheaded’ demeanor as proof of his passion and speaking in favor of the mayor’s school policies that have...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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“Moving to exile one of New York’s most powerful and long-serving leaders, Democrats in the State Assembly agreed late on Monday to ask Sheldon Silver to step down as speaker in the wake of his arrest last week on federal [...] The post Democrats...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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“President Obama’s approval rating in Gallup’s tracking poll hit 50 percent on Monday for the first time since May 2013. This comes on the heels of a Washington Post-ABC News poll last week that showed the exact same thing — [...] The post Obama...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Jon Stewart watched the GOP cattle call in Iowa last weekend — also known as the Fox News correspondent auditions — and had fun with Sarah Palin’s incomprehensible speech. The post A Tragedy of a Speech appeared first on Political Wire....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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“Nancy Pelosi has big problems in her ranks,” Politico reports. “The California lawmaker is facing some of the most serious unrest she’s ever seen in her dozen years as the leader of the House Democrats: Members complain that the party [...]...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) is creating a state-run news agency, the Indianapolis Star reports. The site called “Just IN” will provide pre-written stories for small Indiana news outlets on breaking news as well as “personality driven profiles.”...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich (R) is exploring a presidential campaign, National Journal reports. “Ehrlich plans to make his fourth visit to New Hampshire on Feb. 24, after meeting last week with more than 100 top donors in New York [...] The post...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Monday, January 26, 2015
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“The Koch brothers’ political operation intends to spend $889 million in the run-up to the 2016 elections,” Politico reports. “The spending goal, shared with donors at a Monday morning session at the Rancho Mirage Ritz Carlton, reflects the sweeping...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Monday, January 26, 2015
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Alabama State Rep. Patricia Todd (D) warned her colleagues there would be consequences if they continues to oppose same-sex marriage, the Times Daily reports. Said Todd: “I will not stand by and allow legislators to talk about ‘family values’ when...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Monday, January 26, 2015
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Rick Perry told a gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition that they couldn’t trust the official unemployment rate coming out of Washington, the Huffington Post reports. Said Perry: “It’s been massaged, it’s been doctored.” The post Perry...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Monday, January 26, 2015
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Drew Curtis of Fark announced he’s running for Kentucky governor. “A friend of mine inspired me to take the shot. After having deeply negative interactions with a local elected official, and finding out she wasn’t alone in that experience, she...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Monday, January 26, 2015
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Time: “Both reality television stars spoke those words in 2011, in what proved to be low-cost feints designed to drum up national attention and raise their profiles before the last presidential campaign. Now they are at it again, with what [...] The...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Monday, January 26, 2015
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Gov. Chris Christie (R) told ABC News he thinks he could “certainly” win the Iowa caucuses next year. Said Christie: “I don’t know why they keep inviting me back if I can’t win here. I certainly think I could.” The post Christie Says He Could...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Monday, January 26, 2015
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Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel his upcoming address to Congress, scheduled for March 3, Haaretz reports. “Oren, an American-born Israeli who served as envoy to Washington...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Monday, January 26, 2015
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“After taking the political world by surprise in early January with the formation of a shiny new political committee, Bush has largely receded from public view, instead putting an acute focus on raising money and building what his growing team [...]...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Monday, January 26, 2015
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Morning Line: “We are in a new age in politics. There’s a train of thought that says if you’re not in the conversation for president, they won’t pay attention to you. They all want to be president, but if it [...] The post Why Are So Many Republicans...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Monday, January 26, 2015
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The New Orleans Times Picayune has an interesting piece on Gov. Bobby Jindal’s controversial prayer rally over the weekend. “Jindal’s national strategy, should he run for president in 2016, clearly involves wooing conservative Christian voters....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Monday, January 26, 2015
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Democrats announced that their 2016 convention will be the week of July 25, one week after Republicans have their convention in Cleveland, scheduled for July 18-21, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Ohio Democrats “believe the date is a good sign of [...]...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Monday, January 26, 2015
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John Fund notes Sarah Palin’s “meandering and often bizarre” speech in Iowa proved she “clearly lacks the discipline for a full-fledged campaign.” The New York Daily News called it a “multitude of brief nonsensical tirades.” The Huffington...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Monday, January 26, 2015
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