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Politico: “Since Pence resigned as chairman of the House Republican Conference in November 2010 to run for governor, conventional wisdom held that he would bide his time in Indianapolis, padding his résumé with executive experience before mounting...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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A new Pew Research study finds “64% of American adults now own a smartphone of some kind, up from 35% in the spring of 2011. Smartphone ownership is especially high among younger Americans, as well as those with relatively high [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said he “will not sign a controversial religious liberty bill, saying he wants lawmakers to recall the bill and change it so that it more closely resembles federal law,” the Washington Post reports. Said Hutchinson:...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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A new Public Policy Polling survey finds Sen. Ted Cruz’s support nationally has jumped from 5% to 16% in just over a month. Scott Walker continues to lead the field with 20%, followed by Jeb Bush at 17%, Cruz at [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) “says the state’s ban on gay marriage should be upheld in part because it is not discriminatory in that both gay and straight people are barred from marrying people of the same gender,” the Louisville [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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Rick Klein: “The culture wars are raging again, bringing the predictable splits. Democrats say one thing; Republicans – including all of the potential 2016ers — say another, reflecting real divisions among voters. But there’s something missing...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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First Read: “Here’s the bad news for Republicans: The political fight over religious freedom and gay rights that erupted in Indiana has forced Gov. Mike Pence to retreat; put the Republican 2016 contenders to the RIGHT of Pence; and further [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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Washington Post: “Congressional Democrats get higher approval ratings than congressional Republicans, and the gap has widened since last fall. In October, 30 percent said they approved of congressional Democrats compared with 25 percent who approved...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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Gov. Scott Walker (R) “is allergic to dog dander,” an aide told the New York Times. “And in that, he is running against the long sweep of United States political history. If the ritual for presidential candidates wooing American voters [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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“Sen. Ted Cruz,  has the committee’s worst attendance record — by far. The Texas Republican attended just three of the panel’s 16 public hearings so far this year, according to a Politico review of transcripts from full committee hearings. The...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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New York Times: “We asked three of the smartest Democratic strategists we know to imagine this situation: You are running the campaign of a liberal Democrat against Mrs. Clinton. You have $50 million to spend. What is your message? How [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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“Several Republican governors likely to run for president have secured hundreds millions of dollars under Obamacare while working to dismantle the healthcare law,” Reuters reports. “Governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Chris Christie of New Jersey,...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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Gov. Mike Pence (R) “just lobbed a grenade into the Republican presidential field,” Politico reports. “The Indiana governor’s religious freedom law has ignited yet another controversial culture war debate that has Republican contenders juggling...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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“The Arkansas legislature on Tuesday passed its version of a bill described by proponents as a religious freedom law, even as Indiana’s political leaders struggled to gain control over a growing backlash that has led to calls to boycott the [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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The Atlantic: “That conflict of interest was inappropriate for a Cabinet secretary. It ought to be intolerable in a president. Foreign governments would obviously attempt to curry favor or avoid wrath by contributing to an organization that is helping...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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Jeb Bush “has given his tacit endorsement to a new group that can collect unlimited amounts of money in secret, part of a bold effort by his advisers to create a robust external political operation before he declares his expected [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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“Congress should oppose any effort to recognize homosexual’s as a ‘discreet and insular minority’ entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and ethnic minorities.” — Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN),...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is expecting a federal indictment Wednesday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. “Menendez has been traveling, but is expected to be back in New Jersey tomorrow and people around him expect the long-awaited corruption charges...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Spence Jackson, spokesman for the late Missouri gubernatorial candidate Tom Schweich (R), “apparently faced unemployment in the wake of his boss’ suicide last month. And that, according to a note Jackson left, was the reason he took his own life...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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“I read The New York Times.” — Jeb Bush, in a July 8, 2009 interview with Esquire. “I don’t read The New York Times, to be honest with you.” — Bush, quoted by Politico last week.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) lashed out at Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) in an interview with MSNBC and called him “a bigot” for supporting a law he says allows discrimination against gays and lesbians. Said Malloy: “When you see [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Jill Lawrence: “​If there’s one takeaway from Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s ‘religious freedom restoration’ debacle, it’s that Republicans ignore today’s cultural environment at their peril. Conservatives can continue to live in a bubble...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Embattled Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) took a second crack at trying to “clarify” his state’s controversial new “religious freedom” law, the Indianapolis Star reports. Pence concluded “we’ve got a perception problem” and said “it will...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said he doesn’t buy into the concept of gay rights because they are defined by a gay person’s lifestyle, BuzzFeed reports. Said Paul: “I don’t think I’ve ever used the word gay rights, because I don’t [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Daniel Drezner observes that “the nascent Clinton campaign is going to borrow from the 1990s campaign playbook and try triangulation as a campaign strategy. Foreign policy is definitely an arena where Clinton can easily sound more hawkish than the...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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After several years of being hosted over at Roll Call, I’m pleased to say Wonk Wire is back home. We’ve got big plans for the site and welcome your comments and suggestions. Thanks for reading!
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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llinois state Sen. Darin LaHood (R) “declined to say whether” he would repaint “the red walls of the current Capitol Hill office” of Rep. Aaron Schock (R) if he wins the special election for Schock’s seat, the State Journal-Register reports....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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First Read: “The political battle lines have now been drawn in the first cultural fight of this very early presidential contest, with all the major Republicans backing Indiana’s controversial religious-liberty law, and with Hillary Clinton opposing...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Bill Clinton “practically serves as a series advisor” to the Netflix’s House of Cards, according to Gotham. Said actor Kevin Spacey: “He tells me, ‘I love that House of Cards. Kevin, 99 percent of what you do on that show [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Colorado state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt (R) was stripped of one of his two committee posts over his “curse of God” comments about a woman whose fetus was ripped from her womb, the Denver Post reports.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Hillary Clinton “emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so that she could carry a single device,” the [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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A new Chicago Tribune poll in Chicago finds Mayor Rahm Emanuel leads challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, 58% to 30% — “double the margin of a similar survey three weeks ago, when the mayor led his opponent by 14 percentage points.”
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Bloomberg: “A direct comparison of the Gallup approval ratings between the last two U.S. presidents shows that President Obama has enjoyed significantly higher approval ratings than his predecessor, George W. Bush, at the same juncture in their time...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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The Indianapolis Star has a full front page editorial demand that state lawmakers fix the “religious freedom” law that has generated such controversy. “Only bold action — action that sends an unmistakable message to the world that our state will...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that by a nearly 2 to 1 margin, Americans support the notion of striking a deal with Iran that restricts the nation’s nuclear program in exchange for loosening sanctions. “But the survey — [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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“As a lawmaker, Gov. Scott Walker proposed upending the order in which states picked parties’ presidential nominees,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. “A likely GOP presidential candidate, Walker recently parted ways with an adviser for...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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From Jailer to Jailed: My Journey from Correction and Police Commissioner to Inmate #84888-054 by Bernard B. Kerik. “Bernard Kerik was New York City’s police commissioner during the 9/11 attacks… In 2004, Kerik was nominated by President George...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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A “clever new analysis” has found that subtle changes in Ronald Reagan’s “speaking patterns linked to the onset of dementia were apparent years before doctors diagnosed his Alzheimer’s disease in 1994,” the New York Times reports. “The...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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“Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager-in-waiting Robby Mook and Democratic operative Marlon Marshall are spending time in Iowa and New Hampshire this week, meeting with political influencers in the first two voting states in the presidential nominating...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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“Wavering support in Congress has emerged as the biggest obstacle holding up completion of a 12-nation Pacific trade pact under negotiation for nearly a decade,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “The Obama administration’s push to win fast-track...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Monday, March 30, 2015
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“As they unravel Gov. Bobby Jindal’s budget proposal for next year, lawmakers are finding cuts disguised as ‘efficiencies,’ gaps not disclosed by the administration and critical services reliant on shaky financing,” the Baton Rouge Advocate...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Monday, March 30, 2015
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A new Ogden & Fry poll in Chicago shows Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) with a solid lead over challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D), 48% to 34%.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Monday, March 30, 2015
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A new Franklin Pierce University-Boston Herald poll in New Hampshire finds Jeb Bush tied with Scott Walker at 15%, with Rand Paul at 13%, Chris Christie at 10%, and Ted Cruz at 9%. Bush has slipped “not because GOP voters [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) is likely to run for president, Bloomberg reports. Said Pataki: “If you care about the country, it’s very hard to sit on the sideline if you believe you have the ability to run [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Monday, March 30, 2015
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John Fund: “There is another historical example that should prompt Democrats to want to test Hillary and consider the alternatives. The Republican party and many conservatives made a fatal mistake in 1968 when they nominated Richard Nixon despite ample...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (R) said that President Obama is “inciting” birther conspiracy theorists by planning a trip to Kenya this summer, TPM reports. Said Sununu: “I think his trip back to Kenya is going to create a [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Domenico Montanaro: “To be sure, the email controversy has not been good for Clinton. Instead of sitting back, watching Republicans duke it out, working on her presidential launch and trying to tailor her message, she has had to defend her [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Monday, March 30, 2015
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“Casting himself as the ‘most conservative governor in Florida’s history,’ Jeb Bush ticks off a record in office that includes tax cuts, vetoes on spending, private-school vouchers and fewer state employees,” the Wall Street Journal reports....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Monday, March 30, 2015
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For well over a year, Steve Kornacki notes former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) “has been quietly making the rounds to lay the groundwork for a ’16 campaign. But he’s been haunted by the imposing and unprecedented shadow cast by [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that the House Republican leadership “had made it next to impossible for him to get money from Super PACs after he filibustered the Affordable Care Act in 2013 — an action that helped trigger a [...]
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Monday, March 30, 2015
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