Blog Profile / Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

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Biden Moves Closer to a Presidential Bid

Former Vice President Joe Biden “is tiptoeing toward a potential presidential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides,” the AP reports. “He said he was keeping his 2020 options open, considering [...]

Romney Could Take on Outsized Role in the Senate

“Mitt Romney’s extensive resume has many Republicans looking to him to take on a role in the Senate as a political and moral counterweight to a president many in the GOP see as divisive and undignified,” the AP reports. Sen. [...]

Quote of the Day

“You are such a psychopath that you have to make even the death of 17 children about you. America will regret the day you were ever born.” — Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), on Twitter, in response to President Trump suggesting [...]

Trump Slams FBI for Too Much Time on Russia Probe

President Trump lashed out at the FBI Saturday night, saying the agency “missed all of the many signals” sent by the suspect in the Florida school shooting and arguing they are “spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion [...]

Republicans Race to Reverse Recruitment Failures

“For months, Republican leaders watched in horror as hordes of their most sought-after midterm recruits passed on running, spooked by what increasingly looked like an electoral beatdown in the making,” Politico reports. “But leading GOP officials in recent weeks have [...]

Inside Trump’s Effort to Kill an Immigration Compromise

Washington Post: “The Trump administration’s extraordinary 11th-hour strategy to sabotage the bill showed how, after weeks of intense bipartisan negotiations on Capitol Hill, it was the White House that emerged as a key obstacle preventing a deal to help the [...]

Virginia Democrats See Their Bills Blocked Despite Wave

“Though the House’s new Democratic lawmakers have made their presence felt in other ways both big and small, just 27 of the 202 bills they filed are still alive after the House finished work on its own legislation at the [...]

Top GOP Donor Demands Action on Assault Weapons

Al Hoffman, a prominent Republican political donor, “demanded that the party pass legislation to restrict access to guns, and vowed not to contribute to any candidates or electioneering groups that did not support a ban on the sale of military-style [...]

Trump Lashes Out After Mueller Indictment

President Trump lashed out on Twitter at suggestions that Russia helped him win the presidency, reiterating that a new federal indictment showed no evidence of collusion between his campaign and the Kremlin. Said Trump: “Funny how the Fake News Media doesn’t [...]

Facebook Was Tool of Choice for Russians

New York Times: “While the indictment does not accuse Facebook of any wrongdoing, it provided the first comprehensive account from the authorities of how critical the company’s platforms had been to the Russian campaign to disrupt the 2016 election. Facebook [...]

McConnell Urges Trump to Get Behind Romney

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told the New York Times that President Trump “should rally behind the Senate candidacy of Mitt Romney despite his blistering criticism in 2016, arguing that Mr. Romney’s potent bid was an illustration of the Republican Party’s [...]

Just Another ‘Infrastructure Week’

“Another bitter week that took Washington to the brink of exhaustion landed Donald Trump at the epicenter of more tragedy, scandal and rancor than a conventional president would hope to face in a full year,” CNN reports. “The White House [...]

Inside the Russian Effort to Bamboozle Florida

“The scathing indictment unsealed Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller outlines a multi-state scheme to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. But the document makes clear that the operation in Florida, the nation’s largest swing state, was in [...]

U.S. Must Fight Russian Meddling Without a Leader

New York Times: “After more than a dozen Russians and three companies were indicted on Friday for interfering in the 2016 elections, President Trump’s first reaction was to claim personal vindication… He voiced no concern that a foreign power had [...]

Garcetti Deserves a National Hearing

George Will profiles Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) as a possible presidential candidate, who he says “is a generation younger than some progressives’ pinups (Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden). And living far from Washington, he is positioned to [...]

McMaster Says Evidence of Meddling Is ‘Incontrovertible’

White House National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 election is “now really incontrovertible,” CNN reports. McMaster has said previously it had been difficult to say definitively because “technically it was difficult” but “also [...]

It Just Got Much Harder to Fire Robert Mueller

Jonathan Swan: “It will now be even harder for Trump to fire Mueller. Capitol Hill already would have gone crazy if Trump tried that. But after Mueller has done such substantive work — even earning the lavish praise of Trump [...]

Flashback of the Day

From the transcript of the final debate of the 2016 presidential race when the candidates were asked about Russian president Vladimir Putin trying to influence the U.S. election: CLINTON: Well, that’s because he’d rather have a puppet as president of [...]

The Thriller That Predicted the Russia Scandal

Politico notes that The People’s House by David Pepper is “a quick, lively thriller full of labyrinthine scandal and homey Rust Belt touches—reads like a user’s guide to the last two years in U.S. politics.” “And Pepper wrote the book [...]

Mueller Knows Much More Than He’s Shown

Lawfare: “The indictment is yet another reminder of something that’s been made clear over the past several months repeatedly: Mueller and his team know much more than is public, and they are unusual in Washington in being fully capable of [...]

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