Blog Profile / Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

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Bonus Quote of the Day

“I was left for dead on the street, and now I’m headed for Air Force One.” — White House communications directory Anthony Scaramucci, quoted by the New York Times.

Scaramucci Confirms Trump Wants Sessions Gone

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci told radio host Hugh Hewitt that “you’re probably right” President Trump wants to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Said Scaramucci: “I have an enormous amount of respect for the Attorney General, but I do [...]

Quote of the Day

“I go to Washington and I see all these politicians, and I see the swamp, and it’s not a good place. In fact, today, I said we ought to change it from the word ‘swamp’ to the word ‘cesspool’ or [...]

‘This Is Not the Mooch I Know’

William Cohan: “Anthony has the skills to make a big difference in this White House. He is smart, generous and funny, open-minded and ambitious — but not in an obnoxious way. He cares about being able to disagree without being [...]

House Democrats Surprise GOP by Sinking Two Bills

Politico: “House Democrats sank two key bills on the House floor Monday, embarrassing Republican leaders who were banking on the noncontroversial legislation sailing through — in a new sign of the opposition party’s frustration with the majority’s approach. Kicking off [...]

Trump Keeps Blasting Sessions

President Trump continued to berate Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a series of tweets this morning, including this one: Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & [...]

Why McConnell Is Forcing a Health Care Vote

Said one GOP strategist to Playbook: “It has been abundantly clear that policy disagreements are not the ultimate barrier to moving forward. They’ve had months to work that out. There is a contingent of GOP senators who refuse to accommodate [...]

Senate Will Take First Vote Today on Health Care Bill

Sam Baker: “Stranger things have happened, but Sen. John McCain probably isn’t taking a break from his brain-cancer treatments to travel 2,300 miles across the country so he can torpedo a bill about an issue he’s never been especially invested [...]

Trump Pick for Justice Department Worked for Russia Bank

“President Trump’s nominee to lead the Justice Department’s criminal division, Brian Benczkowski, has disclosed to Congress that he previously represented Alfa Bank, one of Russia’s largest financial institutions, whose owners have ties to President Vladimir Putin,” the New York Times [...]

Unrest Bubbles Among Trump’s Foreign Policy Team

“Frustration is mounting among leading foreign policy officials in President Donald Trump’s administration as they chafe at some policy and bureaucratic defeats and complain they lack independence to do their jobs,” Reuters reports. “The clash between internationalists urging the traditional [...]

Boehner Says Republicans Won’t Repeal Obamacare

Former House speaker John Boehner told a business gathering last week that Republicans are “not going to repeal and replace Obamacare” because “the American people have gotten accustomed to it,” the Washington Post reports. Said Boehner: “Here we are, seven [...]

Recess Appointment for Attorney General?

Washington Post: “Another scenario is that Trump could make a recess appointment… Under that plan, Trump could choose an attorney general during the August recess who would serve until the end of the next Senate session, which would run to [...]

Scaramucci Moves to Purge Disloyal Staff

“Anthony Scaramucci, the flashy financier President Trump hired to overhaul the White House communications operation, is exercising a broad mandate from the president and intends to follow through on threats to purge aides he believes are disloyal to Trump and [...]

McCain Will Return for Health Care Vote

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will return to the Senate on Tuesday after being diagnosed with brain cancer, giving the GOP push to repeal and replace Obamacare a boost of momentum, The Hill reports. Republicans are expected to vote to take [...]

Trump Threatens to Fire Price If Health Bill Fails

President Trump threatened to fire Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price if Congress does not repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Daily Beast reports. Said Trump at an event for Boy Scouts: “Are you gonna get the votes? He [...

Cornyn Floats Conference for Health Care Bills

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said the House and Senate might conference their Obamacare repeal-and-replace bills, The Hill reports. Said Cornyn: “Initially there was some thought that maybe the House would take up the bill that we passed, but that may [...]

Giuliani Says Sessions Was Right to Recuse

Rudy Giuliani “swatted away a report that he is a contender to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and said Sessions made the right decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation,” CNN reports.

Trump Steps Up Talk of Firing Sessions

President Trump and his advisers “are privately discussing the possibility of replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and some confidants are floating prospects who could take his place were he to resign or be fired, according to people familiar with the [...]

Republicans Try to Get McCain Back for Vote

“Senate Republicans are still hoping John McCain makes it to Tuesday’s crucial Obamacare repeal vote,” Politico reports. “The absence of the Arizona senator, who was diagnosed with brain cancer last week, has made getting 50 votes to start debate on [...]

The Death of Expertise

James Hohmann: “Trump has repeatedly dismissed the knowledge and wisdom of experts while elevating nonexperts who lack relevant experience into important jobs across the federal government. This gets less attention than other story lines, but it has been a hallmark [...]

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