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Blog Profile / Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

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Archived Since:November 19, 2010

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Baucus Predicts IRS Scandal Will Grow

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) predicted to Bloomberg that there will be much more to the IRS scandal than we currently know. Said Baucus: "I have a hunch that a lot more is going to come out, frankly. It's broader than the current focus."

Quote of the Day

"I find the comparison -- that whoever is making the analysis is challenged in their understanding of history." -- Former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean, quoted by the Boston Globe, on comparing the current Obama scandals to Watergate.

Handel Announces Senate Bid in Georgia

Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (R) announced her campaign for U.S. Senate, Roll Call reports. "Handel is the fourth Republican to enter the race for the seat of retiring GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Notably, she is also the first woman and first candidate who is not a member of Congress. Show More Summary

Politician Sorry for "Liking" Photo of Teenager's Genitals

Australian Minister of Education Peter Collier "says he has learned a valuable lesson in social networking after he 'liked' a Facebook photo without realizing that it showed a teenage prankster exposing himself," the Guardian reports.Collier...Show More Summary

Lawmaker Blames Rock in Shoe for DUI Arrest

The lawyer for South Carolina State Rep. Ted Vick (D) said a rock in the lawmaker's shoe explains why his client "was walking funny, catching the attention of an officer who eventually arrested him for DUI, his second such charge in less than a year," the AP reports.

Edwards Gets His Law License Back

A records check with the North Carolina State Bar shows John Edwards has reactivated his license to practice law, which had been inactive for more than a decade, the AP reports.

Others Have Seen Video of Mayor Smoking Crack

The Toronto Star says two of its reporters have also viewed the video Gawker says shows Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine. "It appears to show Ford in a room, sitting in a chair, wearing a white shirt, top buttons open, inhaling from what appears to be a glass crack pipe. Show More Summary

GOP Seeks to Avoid Scandal Backlash

New York Times: "The most pressing question for Congressional Republicans is no longer how to finesse changes to immigration law or gun control, but how far they can push their cases against President Obama without inciting a backlash...Show More Summary

House Reaches Compromise on Immigration Bill

"A bipartisan group of U.S. House members has reached a tentative agreement on a comprehensive revision of the U.S. immigration system, according to three lawmakers, as a Senate committee proceeds with its own plan," Bloomberg reports. "The...Show More Summary

Many Not Following Scandal Coverage

A new Gallup poll finds slim majorities of Americans are closely following the situations involving the Internal Revenue Service (54%) and the congressional hearings on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and its aftermath (53%) -- comparatively low based on historical measures of other news stories over the last two decades.

FBI Changes Focus of Menendez Probe

Washington Post: "Months after the FBI began probing allegations against Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), investigators are looking at whether someone set out to smear him while he was running for reelection last year and then ascending to his new post as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, according to four people briefed on the inquiry."

Republicans are Worried They'll Blow It

Politico: "Republicans are worried one thing could screw up the political gift of three Obama administration controversies at once: fellow Republicans. Top GOP leaders are privately warning members to put a sock in it when it comes to silly calls for impeachment or over-the-top comparisons to Watergate. Show More Summary

Republican Claims on Benghazi Prove False

Josh Marshall notes that during a CBS News report on the Benghazi talking points, Major Garrett "did something I don't feel like I've seen in a really long time or maybe ever on a network news cast. He basically said straight out: Republicans told us these were the quotes, that wasn't true."Said Garrett: "There is no evidence... Show More Summary

Video Shows Toronto Mayor Smoking Crack

Gawker: "Here is what the video shows: Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto, is the only person visible in the frame. Prior to the trip, I spent a lot of time looking at photographs of Rob Ford. The man in the video is Rob Ford. It is well-lit, clear. Show More Summary

Republicans Retreat on Judicial Nomination

David Hawkings: "The day's most consequential roll call was at Senate Judiciary, where all eight Republicans joined the 10 Democrats in endorsing Sri Srinivasan for a seat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals." "Such unanimity is anShow More Summary

Top McConnell Aide Caught Promoting Politico

Roll Call: "A video posted on the Politico website featuring Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's chief of staff has been taken down after the Kentucky Republican's office objected to its placement on a page designed to solicit advertisers." The...Show More Summary

Noem Considers Senate Bid in South Dakota

Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) is discussing the possibility of mounting a Senate campaign in 2014, telling The Hill she's had "some conversations" with groups about running for the seat being vacated by Sen. Tim Johnson (D).

Weiner Spotted Shooting Campaign Video

Anthony Weiner (D) "was spotted shooting a campaign-style video on the stoop of his childhood home in Brooklyn Thursday as he weighs whether to run for mayor," NBC 4 New York reports. "The Democratic former congressman who resigned his...Show More Summary

Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

"The voters spoke, and I get it. Living goes on. I'm not going to cry in my beer." -- Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), quoted by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, on his defeat in last year's elections.

Edwards Back Out in Public

John Edwards is hitting the speaking circuit with an appearance on June 6, the AP reports. "Edwards has remained largely out of public view since his May 2012 acquittal on one charge of campaign finance fraud. A judge declared a mistrial...Show More Summary

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