Blog Profile / Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

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Recount Dropped In Pennsylvania

The Green Party has dropped its bid for a statewide recount of votes cast in Pennsylvania during the presidential election, according to court documents. Wall Street Journal: “Recounts will still proceed in a handful of Pennsylvania precincts, but it is [...]

Branstad May Be Tapped as China Ambassador

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R), a longtime friend of Chinese President Xi Jinping, is the frontrunner for the crucial post of U.S. ambassador to China, Bloomberg reports. “A decision may follow meetings between Branstad and members of President-elect Donald Trump’s [...]

Keith Ellison Offers to Quit Congress to Lead DNC

New York Times: “As the gathering began, Howard Dean, a former committee chairman who had been Mr. Ellison’s most prominent rival, announced that he was withdrawing his bid. But before making that announcement via video recording, Mr. Dean argued that [...]

Ivanka May Play Big Role in the White House

New York Times: “When Nancy Pelosi, the minority leader of the House of Representatives, called Donald Trump shortly after the Nov. 8 election, they talked about domestic policy and infrastructure. But when Ms. Pelosi raised the specific subject of women’s [...]

Petraeus Gets a Tryout

“David Petraeus’s performance on a Sunday talk show is shaping up as a high-stakes test of how he’d handle mounting concerns about his prospective nomination to be secretary of state,” Politico reports. “Trump’s team will closely review Petraeus’s appearance on [...]

What Is Bob Gates Doing at Trump Tower?

Playbook: “Bob Gates didn’t think much of Donald Trump during the campaign. He penned an op-ed blasting the candidate as unfit for office. But for the last two days, Trump’s inner circle has met with and consulted Gates, one of [......

Why Did Trump Win?

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Trump Cabinet Picks Could Avoid Big Tax Bill

“President-elect Donald Trump’s ultra-wealthy Cabinet nominees will be able to avoid paying millions of dollars in taxes in the coming weeks when they sell some of their holdings to avoid conflicts of interest in their new positions,” the Washington Post [...]

GOP Plans ‘Repeal and Delay’ for Health Law

“Republicans in Congress plan to move almost immediately next month to repeal the Affordable Care Act, as President-elect Donald Trump promised. But they also are likely to delay the effective date so that they have several years to phase out [...]

Palin Blasts Trump Over Deal to Save Indiana Jobs

Sarah Palin called Donald Trump’s deal to save roughly 1,000 jobs at a Carrier plant in Indiana “crony capitalism.” Wrote Palin: “When government steps in arbitrarily with individual subsidies, favoring one business over others, it sets inconsistent, unfair, illogical precedent.” [...]

Trump Risks China Rift After Call with Taiwan’s President

“Donald Trump risks opening up a major diplomatic dispute with China before he has even been inaugurated after speaking on the phone on Friday with Tsai Ying-wen, the president of Taiwan,” the Financial Times reports. “The telephone call, confirmed by [...]

Sometimes Stuff Just Happens

Jonathan Chait: “Consider how the world looked eight years ago. The Republicans lost power amid having let Osama bin Laden and his followers escape in Afghanistan, launched a failed war on the basis of misleading intelligence, managed a scandal-ridden administration [...]

If the Polls Are Off, the Forecasts Will Be Off

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Bonus Quote of the Day

“He was Godzilla walking into the power plant. He touched the third rail, he touched the fourth rail, he touched the fifth rail … he just got stronger.” — David Kochel, chief strategist to Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign, quoted by the [...]


Out next month: Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Created a Legacy That Will Prevail by Jonathan Chait. “An unassailable case that, in the eyes of history, Barack Obama will be viewed as one of America’s best and [.....

Will Obama Launch a Media Company?

President Obama “has been discussing a post-presidential career in digital media and is considering launching his own media company,” according to Mic. “Obama considers media to be a central focus of his next chapter, these sources say, though exactly what [...]

Many Trump Voters Will Soon Feel Betrayed

Paul Krugman: “Donald Trump won the Electoral College (though not the popular vote) on the strength of overwhelming support from working-class whites, who feel left behind by a changing economy and society. And they’re about to get their reward — [...]

No Widespread Voter Fraud Despite Trump Claims

Despite voter fraud concerns espoused by Donald Trump and his presidential campaign, a new Dartmouth study finds that “are not grounded in any observable features of the 2016 presidential election.” The researchers specifically looked at two sets of states recently [...]

Trump’s Commerce Pick Once Supported TPP

“Wilbur Ross, Donald Trump’s pick to be Commerce secretary, signed a letter in support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in 2015,” CNN reports. “Since then, Ross has emerged as a vocal critic of trade deals… Ross has made other [...]

Issa Sues Rival for Libel

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) is apparently celebrating his narrow victory over challenger Doug Applegate (D) by suing him for libel, “claiming that two political ads have damaged his reputation,” the San Diego Union reports.

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