Blog Profile / Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

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Mnuchin Failed to Disclose $100 Million

Steven Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Treasury Department “initially failed to disclose his interests in a Cayman Islands corporation as well as more than $100 million in personal assets,” the Washington Post reports.

Trump Gets the Nuclear Codes Tomorrow

“By the time he is sworn in tomorrow, Donald Trump will have undergone a haunting rite of passage: the classified briefing given to every incoming president that explains how he can order a nuclear attack,” Politico reports. “While neither U.S. [...]

Trump Team Eyes Dramatic Spending Cuts

The Hill: “The changes they propose are dramatic. The departments of Commerce and Energy would see major reductions in funding, with programs under their jurisdiction either being eliminated or transferred to other agencies. The departments of Transportation, Justice and State [...]

A Very Different Cabinet

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‘Beachhead’ Teams Will Take Control of Agencies

Politico: “At 12:01 p.m. Friday, Donald Trump’s aides will deploy a team of temporary political appointees into federal agencies to begin laying the groundwork for the president-elect’s agenda while his nominees await Senate confirmation … While the transition team has [...]

Le Pen Holds Slim Lead In France

A new poll in Le Monde finds France’s Socialists “still trail well behind four other main candidates for the French presidency days ahead of the first round of the party’s presidential primary.” The survey finds far-right National Front (FN) leader [...]

Quote of the Day

“There hasn’t been anything like this since Andrew Jackson. Andrew Jackson? What year was Andrew Jackson? That was a long time ago.” — President-elect Donald Trump, quoted by the New York Times, comparing his success to the popular movement that [...]

Nearly Half Now Favor Obamacare

A new CNN/ORC poll finds that 49 percent of Americans favor Obamacare, while 47% oppose President Obama’s signature healthcare legislation. The poll marks the first time more people have said they favor the healthcare law than oppose it since it [...]

Rex Tillerson’s Nomination Still Up In the Air

Politico: “John McCain said on Wednesday evening that he remains undecided about supporting the secretary of state hopeful’s nomination, an adjustment from his stance earlier this week that he is leaning toward support the former ExxonMovilCEO. McCain, along with Sens. [...]

Trump Cabinet Nominees Meet Growing Ethical Questions

“Three of Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks came under growing fire Wednesday on ethical issues, potentially jeopardizing their nominations,” the Washington Post reports. “The most serious concerns surround personal investments by Trump’s health and human services nominee, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), [...]

Perry Faces Steep Learning Curve

“When President-elect Donald Trump offered Rick Perry the job of energy secretary five weeks ago, Mr. Perry gladly accepted, believing he was taking on a role as a global ambassador for the American oil and gas industry that he had [...]

Perdue Is Trump’s Pick for Agriculture

President-elect Donald Trump picked former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) to be his agriculture secretary, “tapping a veterinarian-turned-politician who was the state’s first Republican governor in more than a century to lead the sprawling department,” the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. [...]

Inside a Fake News Business

The New York Times profiles how Cameron Harris started writing fake news and earned about $1,000 an hour in web advertising revenue during the presidential election: Mr. Harris started by crafting the headline: “BREAKING: ‘Tens of thousands’ of fraudulent Clinton [...]

Christie Says Wife Refused to Move to Washington, DC

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) says he turned down several jobs in the Trump administration because his wife refused to move to Washington, the AP reports. Said Christie: “He didn’t offer me a job that I thought was exciting [.....

Republicans Are Hopeful, Democrats Are Fearful

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Did Trump Write His Speech at a Receptionist’s Desk?

Donald Trump tweeted a photo of himself in which he says he was writing his inaugural address. New York Magazine: “As tends to be the case with the president-elect’s social-media statements, there is much to discuss. First, there’s the fact [...]

Is Donald Trump Above the Law?

Norm Eisen, an expert in government ethics and a Fellow at the Brookings Institution, is our guest on the latest episode of Political Wire Conversations. Listen here: Subscribe via iTunes or Google Play to get new episodes automatically downloaded to [...]

Conway Says Democrats Trying to Humiliate Trump’s Picks

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway blasted Senate Democrats for “trying to embarrass” the incoming administration’s Cabinet nominees, The Hill reports. Said Conway: “This idea of humiliating and trying to embarrass qualified men and women who just wish to serve this nation [...]

An Empty Trump Administration

Jonathan Bernstein: “We’re two days away from having a new president. But we’re apparently a lot longer than that from having a Trump administration with even a minimally functional ability to govern.” “Overall, out of 690 positions requiring Senate confirmation [...]

More Democrats to Skip Inauguration

At least 59 Democratic lawmakers have now announced they’ll boycott Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday, The Hill reports.

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