Blog Profile / Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

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McCain Say He Hasn’t Seen Health Care Bill

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told Bloomberg he still has not yet seen the Republican party’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Said McCain: “No, nor have I have met any American that has. I’m sure the Russians have been able [...]

Sessions Has Lawyered Up Too

National Law Journal: “Charles Cooper, the well-known Republican lawyer, wasn’t simply in attendance at U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ congressional hearing one week ago to support his friend. Cooper is Sessions’ personal lawy...

Senate Plans July Debt Ceiling Vote

Politico: “Senate Republicans are planning for a July vote to raise the debt ceiling, according to senators and aides. Though the Treasury Department has said that Congress can likely wait until September to avoid default, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell [...]

Republicans Are Increasingly Governing In Secret

Brian Stelter: “Inch by inch by inch, the Trump administration is rolling back press access, which means less information for the public. And lack of accessibility is only half the problem. Lack of accuracy in official statements is a big [...]

Flashback Quote of the Day

“This is a very important issue. You know, we shouldn’t try to do it in the dark. And whatever final bill is produced should be available to the American public and to the members of the Senate, certainly, for enough [...]

Why Aren’t White House Briefings Televised Now?

The Atlantic: “Neither Spicer nor deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders responded to queries about the changes to the briefings. Asked why the briefings are now routinely held off-camera, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said in a text message ‘Sean [...]

Quote of the Day

“It’s Donald Trump. Make no mistake about it. The whole reason this race is competitive today is because of Donald Trump.” — GOP operative Chip Lake, quoted by the Daily Beast, on the special election in Georgia’s 6th congressional district.

It’s ‘Health Care or Bust’ for Republicans

First Read: “Republicans are preparing for a marathon of votes on their Obamacare repeal starting next week. There’s no written bill yet, and there isn’t even an agreement that has leadership comfortable they have 50 votes to pass a bill. [...]

Bonus Quote of the Day

“All the signals are suggesting he is already cooperating with the FBI, and may have been for some time.” — Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), in a CNN interview, on former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Dead Heat In Georgia

The final WSB-TV poll in Georgia’s 6th congressional district finds Jon Ossoff (D) and Karen Handel (R) deadlocked at 49% each. Key finding: “The poll is the first taken since last week’s ambush of Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice [...]

Mueller Adds Witness-Flipping Expertise

“A veteran federal prosecutor recruited onto special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is known for a skill that may come in handy in the investigation of potential ties between Russia and President Trump’s 2016 campaign team: persuading witnesses to turn on [...]

Is North Carolina the Future of American Politics?

Jason Zengerle: “Welcome to North Carolina circa 2017, where all the passions and pathologies of American politics writ large are played out writ small — and with even more intensity. Ever since 2010, when Republicans seized control of the General [...]

If Liberals Voted…

David Leonhardt: “If liberals voted at the same rate as conservatives, Hillary Clinton would be president. Even with Donald Trump’s working-class appeal, Clinton could have swept Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.” “If liberals voted at the same rate as conservatives, Democrats [...]

FBI Pick Billed Taxpayers $2.1 Million for Bridgegate

“President Trump’s pick to be the next FBI director, Christopher Wray, billed New Jersey taxpayers more than $2.1 million in legal charges and expenses while representing Gov. Chris Christie as his personal attorney before during and after the Bridgegate trial,” [...]

Worse than Whitewater?

David Brooks: “In retrospect Whitewater seems overblown. And yet it has to be confessed that, at least so far, the Whitewater scandal was far more substantive than the Russia-collusion scandal now gripping Washington.” “There may be a giant revelation still [...]

White House Considers Rotating Press Briefers

Washington Post: “At one point, the White House considered deploying a rotating cast of briefers, in part to prevent the president, who has a short attention span, from growing bored or angry with his press secretary. And if Spicer ultimately [...]

Trump’s Approval Slides to New Low

A new CBS News poll finds President Trump’s approval rating is a dismal 36% to 57%. Key finding: “The drop in the President’s approval rating is partially due to ebbing support among Republicans. Seventy-two percent approve of the job Mr. [...]

Iron Worker Will Challenge Ryan In Wisconsin

Randy Bryce (D), a Democratic veteran and iron worker, announced he will challenge Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) for Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district in 2018, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

No Politics Is Local In 2017

Rick Klein: “The insane money and outsized attention are just two factors that make the race for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District a less-than-ideal test case; this game won’t be played 50 or 60 times next November. And Democrat Jon Ossoff [...]

Is Jon Ossoff the New Scott Brown?

David Nather: “If Democratic contender Jon Ossoff manages to squeeze out a victory tonight in Georgia’s sixth congressional district, it’ll be hard to deny some thematic similarities to Scott Brown’s upset election in 2010. The two aren’t identical, of course: [...]

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