Blog Profile / Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

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Shuster Pushed Bill for Lobbyist Girlfriend

A transportation bill had gone nowhere but once Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) became chairman of the Transportation Committee, “it moved at lightning speed: He introduced a revised version of the bill in March of last year, the same day he [...]

Durbin Claims He Has Votes to Remain Whip

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) “says he has the votes to remain Democratic whip two years from now — although senators asked by CQ Roll Call are loath to publicly declare their support and Sen. Patty Murray of Washington has yet [...]

GOP Debates Keeping Obamacare Subsidies Thru 2016

“Congressional Republicans are locked in a debate about whether to temporarily keep in place the Obamacare subsidies that are at risk of being struck down at the Supreme Court,” The Hill reports. “The stakes are high, as a ruling against [...]

GOP Governors Have Poor Economic Records

Salon: “What do Scott Walker, Chris Christie and Bobby Jindal all have in common? They’re all sitting governors who’d like to be president, sure. But what else?” “How about being embarrassingly bad at job creation? That’s right. From January 2011 [...]

Cruz Misses Vote on Lynch Nomination

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) “went on the Senate floor early Thursday afternoon to voice his strenuous objection to the nomination of Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. attorney general… A few hours later, however, Cruz missed the final vote on [...]

Jeb Bush Is On a Diet

New York Times: “As he prepares to challenge an almost universally younger and svelter field of Republican rivals, Mr. Bush has adopted a drastic weight-loss program that is melting away pounds at a staggering rate even as it inflicts an [...]

House May Subpoena Clinton’s Email Server

Speaker John Boehner told Bloomberg that the House of Representatives might subpoena Hillary Clinton’s personal e-mail server if she doesn’t voluntarily turn it over for examination by an independent party. Said Boehner: “She violated the law, and the idea that [...]

Cruz Softens Tone on Gay Marriage for One Night

Sen. Ted Cruz has positioned himself as a strong opponent to same-sex marriage but “at a reception for him at the Manhattan apartment of two prominent gay hoteliers, the Texas senator struck quite a different tone,” the New York Times [...]

Just Three Republicans Really Have a Chance

Amy Walter: “At the end of the day, when you put all the assets and liabilities on the table, it’s hard to see anyone but Rubio, Bush or Walker as the ultimate nominee. Sure, one of them could stumble or [...]

Bonus Quote of the Day

“I usually tell a bunch of jokes at these events, but with the Patriots in town, I was worried that 11 out of 12 of them would fall flat.” — President Obama, quoted by the Washington Post, welcoming the Super [...]

Will Clinton’s Post-Presidency Derail a Future One?

Jonathan Chait: “The qualities of an effective presidency do not seem to transfer onto a post-presidency. Jimmy Carter was an ineffective president who became an exemplary post-president. Bill Clinton appears to be the reverse. All sorts of unproven worst-case-scenario questions [...]

Lynch Finally Confirmed as Attorney General

Loretta Lynch’s long wait to become U.S. attorney general “ended, with the Senate voting to confirm the veteran New York prosecutor’s nomination five months after President Obama submitted it to Congress,” the Washington Post reports. “Ten Republicans joined the Senate’s [...]

Pataki Insists He’s Serious This Time

Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) “says he’s serious this time, and has in fact shown signs that this time his flirtation with a presidential run is real,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “A super PAC, ‘We the People, [...]

Clinton Foundation Stories Undermine Hillary’s Campaign

First Read looks at the wave of negative stories about the Clinton Foundation and concludes: The Clintons became wealthy due to paid speeches, and the Clinton Foundation raked in millions due to celebrity/access reasons. They didn’t seem concerned about appearances. [...]

On Wonk Wire

Have you been reading Wonk Wire? Here are some good suggestions: Jindal: Stop Bullying Advocates of Religious Liberty When Obamacare Threatens Medicare America’s Flawed Health System What is Your State Worth? Study Suggests a Link Between Fracking and Earthquake Activity [...]

Trump To Open New Hampshire Office

Donald Trump “returns to New Hampshire with a presidential campaign-like schedule Monday, and the Union Leader has learned he has signed a lease for an office in Manchester that will open May 1.” “The visit is Trump’s third to New [...

McCain Prefers Ted Cruz to Rand Paul

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told Fox News that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was the worst Republican presidential candidate on security issues. Said McCain: “Sen. Paul is the worst possible candidate of the 20 or so that are running on the [.....

GOP Lawmaker Says Rape Is Too Hard to Verify

Tennessee state Rep. Sheila Butt (R) “blocked an amendment that would have created an exemption for victims of rape and incest to an anti-abortion bill by arguing that such cases are too difficult to confirm,” the Huffington Post reports.

The Senate Is Suddenly Working

Wall Street Journal: “The Senate, which spent recent months mired in gridlock, is suddenly showing signs of bipartisanship. A trade deal is in the works, an Iran nuclear oversight bill advanced and other bills are on the move. But will [...]

What Will Patty Murray Do?

Sen. Patty Murray’s (D-WA) two decades in office “have been marked by her knack for turning her vanilla-ness into an asset to pass big bills and accrue power. Lawmakers in both parties say she has a high trustworthiness quotient… Now, [...]

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