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Former Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) “says that Capitol doctors failed to pass along critical information about a lesion on his pancreas. He now is gravely ill with pancreatic cancer, and has filed a claim against the government,” the Cleveland Plain...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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President Obama “will put off a confrontation at the Supreme Court over his immigration executive actions, choosing not to ask for permission to carry out the programs while a fight over presidential authority plays out in the lower courts,” the...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Gov. Scott Walker (R) defended his decision to sign a law in Wisconsin mandating ultrasounds for women before they get abortions, calling ultrasounds “just a cool thing out there,” Politico reports. Said Walker: “We just knew if we signed that...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) was paying an individual from his past to conceal sexual misconduct, the Los Angeles Times reports. “One of the officials… said Individual A, as the person is described in Thursday’s federal indictment,...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, May 29, 2015
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The Supreme Court “surprised election-law experts and said it would hear arguments this fall about whether voting districts should continue to be drawn by using census population data, which include noncitizen immigrants who are in the United States...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, May 29, 2015
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“Cuba’s designation by U.S. officials as a state sponsor of terror was officially lifted, the State Department said, clearing a hurdle to re-establishing diplomatic ties between Washington and Havana,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “President...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, May 29, 2015
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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) will become the third candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination this weekend, joining Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders. Harry Enten: “O’Malley is a star in Democratic primary polls. But...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, May 29, 2015
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James Comer (R) conceded the Kentucky GOP gubernatorial nomination to Matt Bevin, solidifying the Bevin-Jack Conway (D) match up to replace outgoing Gov. Steve Beshear (D), the Lexington Herald Leader reports.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, May 29, 2015
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“As Jeb Bush circa 2015 considers pushing the campaign finance envelope by offloading expenses to an outside group, he has a ready model to emulate: Jeb Bush circa 1998,” National Journal reports. “That’s the year the Republican Party of Florida...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, May 29, 2015
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First Read: “If you thought Congress’ image couldn’t get worse, well think again. Average Americans who think the place is filled with crooks and creeps may have more ammo. The irony here, as others have pointed out: Hastert became speaker [...]...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, May 29, 2015
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“In a presidential campaign defined by billionaire sugar daddy donors, Rand Paul has a problem: He doesn’t seem to have one,” Politico reports. “While his rivals cultivate wealthy backers who will pump millions of dollars into their candidacies,...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, May 29, 2015
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Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) campaign tried to distance the presidential candidate from a 1972 essay in which he wrote — among other things — a women “fantasizes being raped by three men simultaneously,” CNN reports. A campaign spokesman said...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, May 29, 2015
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Bill Clinton agreed to accept a lifetime achievement award only after Petra Nemcova, the event organizer, offered a $500,000 contribution to the Clinton Foundation, the New York Times reports. “The donation, made late last year after the foundation...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, May 29, 2015
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“Ohio lawmakers set the table for Gov. John Kasich (R) to potentially take all of the Buckeye State’s GOP presidential delegates in one swoop next year,” the Columbus Dispatch reports. “By moving the state’s 2016 primary election back a week...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, May 29, 2015
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“The Senate is heading for a tense and unusual Sunday showdown over the expiring antiterrorism surveillance powers of the National Security Agency, and Senator Mitch McConnell, five months into his tenure as majority leader, has a lot on the line,”...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, May 29, 2015
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A Pennsylvania newspaper has apologized for publishing a letter to the editor calling for President Obama to be executed, Politico reports. Said the letter: “To the families of those fallen heros [sic] whose blood lies on the sands of Iraq; [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, May 29, 2015
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“When Republican officials in Iowa convened a planning session Thursday for their quadrennial presidential straw poll, only a handful of advisers to GOP contenders bothered to show up,” the Washington Post reports. “The sparse attendance and lack...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, May 29, 2015
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Gov. Chris Christie (R) “proposed dropping national Common Core education standards he once supported but have since become a lighting rod issue for Republican voters,” the Newark Star Ledger reports. Christie declared Common Core is “simply not...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, May 29, 2015
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Federal prosecutors charged former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) with illegally structuring cash withdrawals from bank accounts to make payments to someone he committed “prior misconduct” against and lying to the FBI about it, the Chicago Sun...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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David Byler: “While Clinton dominates the Democratic invisible primary – locking up a huge number of endorsements and so far only attracting one factional challenger – none of the Republican candidates has similar numbers. In fact, in terms of...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Donald Trump will make a “major announcement” at the Trump Tower in New York City on June 16, and he plans to return to New Hampshire the following day, WMUR reports. “All signs point to a Trump declaration of candidacy, [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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“A onetime aide to Aaron Schock told the FBI this week that the embattled ex-congressman and two employees flew on a private jet with an insurance company executive last year, prompting the adviser to raise concerns about the legality of [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Hillary Clinton “could become the first Democratic president in the party’s nearly two century-long history* to never control the House of Representatives while she’s in office,” Kyle Kondik writes. “Let’s say Democrats net 19 seats in 2016...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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“Allies of Lindsey Graham have created a super PAC to raise cash for the outspoken Republican senator as he prepares to launch his long-shot presidential bid in South Carolina next week,” National Journal reports. “The new super PAC is named [...]...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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A new University of New Hampshire poll finds Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) edging Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) in a possible U.S. Senate race, 45% to 43%.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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First Read: “Maybe the most significant political story in the country over the past 24 hours didn’t take place in Washington, DC, or on the 2016 campaign trail. Instead, it’s what happened yesterday in Nebraska, which repealed the death penalty...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Rick Klein: “Hillary Clinton’s promise to work it hard to win votes one at a time may not ever include classic retail politics featuring open access to ‘everyday’ voters, or freewheeling exchanges with the press. But her event Wednesday in [...]...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United States is meddling in FIFA’s affairs in an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from his country, the AP reports.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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NBC News reports that none of Rick Santorum’s 2012 Iowa staff is currently working for his campaign. “Two of the three main architects of his successful caucus game plan — Deputy Campaign Manager Jill Latham Ryan and Nick Ryan, who [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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“During his transition from Florida governor to likely presidential candidate, Jeb Bush served on the boards or as an adviser to at least 15 companies and nonprofits, a dizzying array of corporate connections that earned him millions of dollars and...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) announced he’s running for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. New York Times: “Though he will be clearly the closest to the political center among the announced candidates, Mr. Pataki has sought to [...]...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Politico: “In the six years since launching his Florida Senate campaign, Rubio has become an adopted prince of South Carolina’s political royalty. And not by chance. Rubio, whose national ambitions became apparent even before he was sworn into the...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Politico: “Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley are both expected to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president… But, perhaps counterintuitively, it’s Sanders — six years older than Clinton,...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Associates of Martin O’Malley (D) “are launching a super PAC intended to bolster the Democrat’s prospects as he formally announces his long shot presidential bid in Baltimore on Saturday,” the Washington Post reports. “Money raised by Generation...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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A new Quinnipiac poll highlights how there is no frontrunner in the GOP presidential race. Five candidates — Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker — all share the lead with 10% support each. Said pollster [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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“Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime confidant of Bill and Hillary Clinton, earned about $10,000 a month as a full-time employee of the Clinton Foundation while he was providing unsolicited intelligence on Libya to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,”...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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“In 2008, Hillary Clinton played down the fact that she was a woman running for president, as aides argued she had to project toughness above all else. This time, she’s displaying no such caution,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “Mrs. [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Despite his weak approval rating, a new Public Policy Polling survey finds Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) still leads half a dozen potential Democratic rivals by anywhere from 4 to 11 points. The Democrat who comes closest to Toomey is 2010 [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Rick Santorum (R), “who fell short in his 2012 presidential bid, launched another run for the White House on Wednesday with a promise to restore the economic power of middle-class American workers,” Reuters reports. Washington Post: “The step forward...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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“Nebraska has repealed the death penalty following a dramatic vote Wednesday by state lawmakers to override the governor’s veto,” the Omaha World-Herald reports. “The outcome represented a defeat for first-term Gov. Pete Ricketts (R), who made...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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“Once, and not so long ago, running for political office was comparatively simple. Politicians assembled their teams, announced their candidacies and took to the campaign trail. Now, a presidential quest involves a PAC, a super PAC, a campaign army...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Gov. John Kasich “just took his most pronounced swipe yet at a potential rival for the Republican presidential nomination,” the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Said Kasich: “I don’t know anything about Bush’s theme. I really don’t. I’ve...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Gov. Chris Christie (R) said he backed a proposal by Fox News to limit the number of presidential debate participants to 10, based on their national poll standing, the Wall Street Journal reports. Said Christie: “I think you have got [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Gov. John Kasich (R), “who has been actively gauging reactions to a possible campaign for president in 2016, is now moving rapidly to assemble the staff and financial resources for such a bid and is looking to declare his candidacy [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Time: “With more than a dozen—and perhaps eventually as many as two dozen—contenders at various stages of preparation for a White House bid, the fight for staff is fierce. Promises of access to the candidate, special titles and bloated salaries...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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FiveThirtyEight: “Remember when a former professional wrestler got himself elected as the governor of a major state?”
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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First Read: “By itself, making money shouldn’t be an issue for Bill and Hillary Clinton; after all, so many of our past presidents have been wealthy. By itself, Bill Clinton having a shell LLC wouldn’t be an issue either. But [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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An interesting new book: Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Won Elections by Sacrificing Its Ideas (And How It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots) by Matt K. Lewis.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Rick Klein: “He comes to the race as last time’s runner-up, the guy who outlasted the Cain-Bachmann-Gingrich-and-company primary to be the last man standing against Mitt Romney. That might be Rick Santorum’s advantage, but it will also be his burden....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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“President Obama may be the first digital president, but on the Web, his number-two plays second fiddle to no one,” the Washington Post reports. “Vice President Biden is simultaneously the most intentionally, and unintentionally, funny politician...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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