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“The Justice Department is stepping up scrutiny of the increasingly cozy ties between candidates and their outside allies, a move that could jolt the freewheeling campaign finance atmosphere ahead of the 2016 elections,” the Washington Post reports....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, February 27, 2015
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During a lecture in Arkansas, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia “commented that four of the court’s justices represented every borough of New York City but Manhattan. And of the nine justices, six were Catholic and three were Jews,” the Arkansas...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Speaker John Boehner’s allies “are concerned after Friday’s setback that his critics inside the Republican Conference may try to oust him as speaker if — as expected — he puts a long-term DHS funding bill on the House floor next [...] The post...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Senate Republicans “are fuming over the House GOP’s decision to extend the standoff over the Department of Homeland Security, a move that they say uses up political oxygen and burns precious time on the legislative calendar,” The Hill reports....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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“House Democrats signaled Friday that Republicans have cut a deal with them to pass a Homeland Security funding measure next week that would last until Sept. 30. But Republicans are denying it,” the Washington Examiner reports. “The deal, Democrats...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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New York Times: “Jeremy Bird, the architect of the grass-roots and online organizing efforts that powered President Obama’s presidential campaigns from Chicago, is advising a similar operation in Tel Aviv. But this time it is focused on ousting Prime...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) “is gearing up for another big fight with the Obama administration, this time over trade,” Politico reports. “The Massachusetts senator is stepping up her criticism of the administration’s proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership,...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Former Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ) “reported to a federal prison in West Virginia on Friday to begin serving a three-year sentence for corruption, money laundering and other convictions,” the AP reports. “Renzi, 56, was convicted of conspiring to use...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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“Republicans vowing to govern effectively as a congressional majority failed a fundamental test Friday, when House leaders only narrowly managed to avert a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security after an embarrassing defeat earlier...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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The Fix: “Bush was, by far, the best that I’ve seen him in his just-started presidential campaign. Gone was the somewhat-bumbling, uncertain speech-giver. (He did make a weird reference to campaign finance law and an odd joke about the weather [...]...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, February 27, 2015
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“After 52 GOP lawmakers brought down a three-week spending bill for the agency, House Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team were scrambling Friday to find a way to keep the Department of Homeland Security from shutting down at midnight. [...]...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, February 27, 2015
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“House Republicans fell short of votes on Friday to advance a three-week bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, 203-224,” Roll Call reports. “Just hours before the agency is set to shut down, GOP leaders must now decide whether [...]...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, February 27, 2015
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“Not only can they not govern, but we’ve learned that they can’t even count.” — Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), quoted by CQ Now, on the House GOP’s failure pass a three-week Homeland Security funding bill. The post Extra Bonus Quote of the Day...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Former Russian deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, a leading opposition figure, was shot dead in Moscow, the BBC reports. “An unidentified attacker shot Mr Nemtsov four times in central Moscow.” “He had earned a reputation as an economic reformer...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, February 27, 2015
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“Rather than cursing the darkness, reflexively screaming ‘amnesty,’ and calling for deportation of a population the size of Ohio, they need to light a candle and show the way forward on this complex issue. And they must do this in [...] The post...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) “proposed budget — which would cut $300 million dollars out of the state’s beloved public university system — has a non-fiscal bombshell tucked in between its insane pages,” Jezebel reports. “Under Walker’s...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, February 27, 2015
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First Read notes House Republican leaders have finally come up with a temporary solution to fund the Department of Homeland Security and end their immigration showdown. “The reason this is the politically smart way for the House GOP leadership to [...]...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Hillary Clinton’s advisers “are in serious discussions with nearly a half-dozen operatives to fill key roles such as political director on a likely 2016 presidential campaign,” the New York Times reports. “The prospects are mostly people who...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, February 27, 2015
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House Republicans “presented a plan for a stopgap bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security for three weeks, raising hopes of averting a looming shutdown of the agency,” the Washington Post reports. “Facing a Friday-night-into-Saturday-morning...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, February 27, 2015
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The Wall Street Journal reports “it wasn’t clear if any potential candidate was building particular momentum” at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC. “More obvious were signs of what the crowd, which tends to skew younger...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, February 27, 2015
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“Just weeks after traveling to London, White House hopeful and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced a nine-day, three-nation trade mission to Western Europe,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. “As a governor, Walker’s natural weak point...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-NV) “uncompromising posture during the flap over homeland security funding and his emerging plans for an upcoming fight over immigration make clear he’s doing little to change the hardball style that defined his tenure as majority...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Jeb Bush “made certain that he has no plan to pander to his party’s conservative base in pursuit of the Republican nomination when he declared, ‘I’m not backing down from something that is a core belief. Are we all supposed [...] The post Bush...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) “attended dinner and drinks in 2011 at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and at a swank nightclub London — and never disclosed receiving a single gift on his financial disclosure form,” Politico reports. “Schock, a fourth-term...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) told conservatives that his experience with union protests has prepared him to confront terrorists, TPM reports. Said Walker: “I want a commander-in-chief who will do everything in their power to ensure that the threat...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Missouri state auditor Tom Schweich (R), a leading contender for the governor’s office in next year’s election, has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Politico: “The incident sent a shudder through Missouri...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) “has repeatedly claimed that Louisiana’s projected $1.6 billion financial shortfall in the next fiscal year is primarily due to falling oil prices, but the state’s own economist is saying — in no uncertain terms...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Dan Drezner: “The thing about most foreign policy decision-making is that a lot of it is irrevocable. In some cases it’s literally impossible: The United States can’t un-invade Iraq, for example. In other cases, the cumulative effects of certain...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Public Policy Polling: “The extreme polarization in what media outlets people trust continues this year. Fewer than 25% of Republicans trust ABC, CBS, Comedy Central, MSNBC, CNN, and NBC. They’re closely divided on PBS with 37% trusting it and 39%...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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“House of Cards began as a fun-house-mirror reflection of Washington, an outlandish sendup decked out in the pinstripes-and-Prada props of real-life politics. This Netflix series about a conniving congressman wasn’t realistic, but it was sly and...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Joe Klein: “In a week during which Rudolph Giuliani went crusader-­ballistic questioning President Obama’s ­patriotism—­indeed, questioning his ­upbringing—Jeb Bush gave a speech about foreign affairs, the third serious policy speech he’s...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) repeatedly slammed Jeb Bush for his “hypocritical” stance on marijuana, Business Insider reports. Said Paul: “I think if you talk to young people, they’re not very tolerant of hypocrisy. Jeb Bush admits that — when he...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Steve Kornacki: “Going strictly by the poll numbers, no one is off to a better start than Scott Walker. And yes, it’s easy to dismiss this — it’s so early. There were polls that showed Herman Cain ahead last time! [...] The post Why Walker is...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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First Read: “With the Senate easily advancing a ‘clean’ bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, the ball is now in House Speaker Boehner’s court. And the timing couldn’t be more problematic for him: The conservatives assembling at...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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“Conservative lawmakers in at least 11 states are pushing legislation that would prevent state law enforcement from enforcing some or all federal gun restrictions. Proponents of these bills are emboldened by the success of marijuana legalization at...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Joshua Green: “The possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court will soon eliminate federal subsidies for people buying health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is the biggest story in politics and economics that no one wants to talk about. But...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Katie Couric that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to blame for the 2012 terror attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi and that her failure to “defend our ambassador,” should “preclude her from [...] The post...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Jeb Bush will return to the Conservative Political Action Conference this week “as one of his party’s leading presidential candidates — but one who still needs to find the right way to connect with the conservatives activists who have not [...]...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Wall Street Journal: “Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal must respond to falling tax revenues as lower oil prices hit his energy-dependent state. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is trying to stabilize state finances amid ballooning pension costs and credit...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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“The Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars from seven foreign governments during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, including one donation that violated its ethics agreement with the Obama administration, foundation officials...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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“The IRS has partnered with the FBI in the broad-ranging federal investigation of former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes,” the Oregonian reports. The post Federal Corruption Probe Expands In Oregon appeared first on Political Wire....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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National Journal: “Bobby Jindal and David Vitter have every reason to be friends. Jindal would love to have Vitter praise him as he looks to make the leap from Louisiana governor’s mansion to the White House. Vitter, meanwhile, would benefit [...]...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Former Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), a conservative who lost to Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), in 2012, after he made controversial comments about rape that became national news, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he is still exploring his future and [...]...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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A video of West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio (D) referring to slower learning kids as “dummies” is the basis of a new attack ad, WPBF-TV reports. Muoio admitted she regretted using the term: “You have the script there and [...] The post Mayor Called...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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Donald Trump, “who has long toyed with presidential ambitions, said Wednesday he is serious about pursuing a run for the White House — moving ahead with a spate of political hires and delaying his television commitments for 2016,” the Washington...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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Gawker: “Over the past week, Fox News has aggressively rebutted accusations that its star host Bill O’Reilly lied about his whereabouts during the Falklands War in 1982. But after a new report challenged O’Reilly’s recent claim that he was present...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | By: Taegan Goddard | Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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