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Blog Profile / Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
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Archived Since:November 19, 2010

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Majority Favor Same-Sex Marriage in Arizona

A new Rocky Mountain Poll in Arizona finds 55% of voters now favor legalizing same-sex marriage, while just 35% said they are opposed.

Why Clinton Wasn't On the Sunday Shows

Aides to Hillary Clinton tell Politico the former Secretary of State has a "default" policy of rejecting all Sunday political show interview requests. Said one: "She has a standing refusal... She hates them. She would rather die than do them. The White House knows, so they would know not to even ask her."

Senate Democrats Weigh Nuclear Option

The Hill: "Senate Democrats frustrated with the GOP's blocking of a string of President Obama's nominees are seriously weighing a controversial tactic known as the 'nuclear option.' The option -- which would involve Democrats changing...Show More Summary

Three Scandals Makes it Harder

First Read: "While the president's defiant tone on Benghazi probably would have been enough to quell things under normal circumstances, the times aren't normal right now. The rule of three (toss in IRS and AP) means the president's credibility is truly on the line right now with the public. Show More Summary

What the IRS Wanted to Know

The Daily Mail has the 55 questions the IRS asked one tea party group including demands for names of all its donors and volunteers.

Jon Stewart Slams Obama on IRS Scandal

Jon Stewart skewered the IRS for targeting conservative groups and bashed President Obama for validating the "tinfoil behatted." The Week: "For all the grief Jon Stewart gives conservatives on The Daily Show, there are some nights he hands them a must-watch gift."

Quote of the Day

"If he were a woman, they'd be calling him the weakest speaker in history."-- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), quoted by the Huffington Post, on Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).

Scott Eyeing West as His Number Two?

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) hasn't picked a new Lieutenant Governor -- and it's not yet clear he will -- but he told WFLA-AM that former Rep. Allen West (R-FL) "would make a superb choice" and would be"a great Lieutenant Governor." "Scott...Show More Summary

24 Candidates Running for Boston Mayor

Boston Globe: "They are career politicians and neophytes, influential community organizers and persistent gadflies, radio station founders and a justice of the peace. They are almost entirely men and come disproportionately from a handful of neighborhoods, West Roxbury, Hyde Park, and Dorchester. Show More Summary

Detroit Six Weeks Away from Possible Bankruptcy

"Sounding at once hopeful and deadly serious about the city he's trying to turn around, emergency manager Kevyn Orr said Monday he'll know in as soon as six weeks -- after good-faith talks with creditors, unions and others -- whether...Show More Summary

Crapo Campaign Cash Went to Las Vegas Company

Sen. Mike Crapo's (R-ID) former campaign manager "blames his friend for investing $250,000 from donors in a Las Vegas company amid the 2008 global financial crisis, part of a scheme intended to pay off within two months," the AP reports. "Crapo's...Show More Summary

Journalists Say Justice Department Intimidating Reporters

Journalists called the news the Justice Department seized records from phone lines assigned to Associated Press offices and its reporters over a two month period "chilling" and a "dragnet to intimidate the media," Politico reports.

Chiefs at IRS Knew of Targeting

President Obama said "those responsible for any improper scrutiny of conservative groups' tax status would be held 'fully accountable,' hours before it emerged that the current and former heads of the Internal Revenue Service were informed...Show More Summary

Targeted by Obama

Ben Smith: "President Obama, elected with the new technology of microtargeting, is now in danger of a new perception: That he's the president of microtargeted drone warfare and government surveillance. This is a different critique from...Show More Summary

RNC Hispanic Outreach Operative Becomes a Democrat

Pablo Pantoja, who was most recently the State Director of Florida Hispanic Outreach for the Republican National Committee, changed his voter registration to become a Democrat, according to Florida Nation. Writes Pantoia: "It doesn't take much to see the culture of intolerance surrounding the Republican Party today. Show More Summary

Bringing Back Swagger to the GOP

Michelle Cottle says Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) "possess a key similarity: an abundance of old-school manliness. Sure, one is a twangy Texan with that shit-kicking, boot-wearing thing going on (despite being a double-ivied, cosmopolitan kind of guy). Show More Summary

Minnesota Will Soon Approve Same-Sex Marriage

"After about 4 hours of debate, the Minnesota Senate has voted 37-30 to approve a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state," the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "The House approved the measure 75-59 last Thursday. The bill will now head to Gov. Show More Summary

Bonus Quote of the Day

"Democrats worship abortion with same fervor the Canaanites worshipped Molech." -- Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), quoted by The Hill.

Capuano Mulls Bid for Governor

"Eager for substantive debates that he says are lacking on Capitol Hill, Congressman Michael Capuano said Monday he is closer to his own decision on whether to run for governor in 2014," the Taunton Daily Gazette reports. Said Capuano: "The clock is running, so I'm closer."

Boehner Staff Was Briefed on Benghazi Talking Points

"News of the Obama Administration's role in the extensive editing of CIA talking points on Benghazi rocked the political world last week and prompted a demand from Speaker of the House John Boehner for the release of all related White...Show More Summary

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