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Blog Profile / Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:16355
Posts / Week:76.4
Archived Since:November 19, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Did Obama Wait Too Long on the IRS Story?

After three days, President Obama strongly condemned the fact that IRS officials were targeting conservatives groups.Washington Post: "The question being asked in the political world today is whether the condemnations are too little, too late. Show More Summary

Voters Trust Clinton Over Republicans on Benghazi

A new Public Policy Polling survey finds that Republicans aren't getting much traction with their focus on Benghazi over the last week. Voters trust Hillary Clinton over House Republicans on the issue of Benghazi by a 49% to 39% margin and Clinton's 52% to 44% favorability rating is identical to what it was in late March.

Quote of the Day

"You don't want the IRS ever being perceived to be biased and anything less than neutral in terms of how they operate. I've got no patience with it, I will not tolerate it and we will make sure we find out exactly what happened on this."-- President Obama, at a news conference.

Clinton Loyalists Not So Ready for "Ready for Hillary"

Ruby Cramer looks at the "Ready for Hillary" super PAC and finds "many of the allies and former aides in Clinton's orbit are watching the organization warily, suspicious of the PAC as it gains outsize attention in the absence of anyShow More Summary

Palin Leads Alaska Primary Ballot

A new Harper Polling survey in Alaska finds Sarah Palin (R) leads a possible Republican U.S. Senate primary with 32%, followed by Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell (R) at 30% and 2010 GOP Senate nominee Joe Miller (R) at 14%.

Most Think Country Doesn't Back Same-Sex Marriage

A new Gallup poll finds 53% of Americans "say the law should recognize same-sex marriages, the third consecutive reading of 50% or above in Gallup polling over the past year."More interesting: "Although a majority of Americans themselves...Show More Summary

All Eyes on Rubio for Immigration Reform

Dan Balz: "Two realities shape the debate over immigration reform: No bill is likely to pass without the expressed support of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), but even Rubio's endorsement may not be enough to assure passage. For Rubio, the political stakes of both sides of the equation are huge."

Obama on the Defensive

Glenn Thrush : "President Barack Obama genuinely believed he could buck the second-term curse of fecklessness and scandal that afflicted the last hree two-term presidents, even if history -- and his adversaries -- suggested otherwise. Show More Summary

Herseth Sandlin Will Not Make Senate Bid

Former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD) has announced that she will not run for the U.S. Senate in 2014, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports. "Rick Weiland, a former aide to Tom Daschle, last week became the first Democrat to enter the race after months of attention focusing on U.S. Show More Summary

Why the IRS Story is Bigger Than Benghazi

First Read: "One reason why is because Benghazi has already been litigated so much (at congressional hearings, at two presidential debates, during Susan Rice's consideration for the secretary of state job). But Friday's revelation that...Show More Summary

Rove Kicks Off the 2016 Campaign

John Avlon reviews Karl Rove's new attack on Hillary Clinton, calling it "the freshest evidence that hyper-partisan Super-PAC slush-funds are now a core part of the permanent campaign." "This American Crossroads ad matters because of its unsubtle purpose: a pre-emptive strike against a potential Clinton presidential campaign in 2016. Show More Summary

The Legacy of Tailhook

Retro Report: "Military sexual assault is not a new phenomenon. A second look at the Tailhook scandal in 1991 reveals what happened then. And what it all means now."

Gates Would Have Handled Benghazi Same Way

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates forcefully defended the Obama administration against charges that it did not do enough to prevent the tragedy in Benghazi, telling CBS News that some critics of the administration have a "cartoonish...Show More Summary

IRS Scandal Unifies Republicans

New York Times: "Since last year's elections, Republicans in Congress have struggled for traction on their legislative efforts, torn between conservatives who drove the agenda after their 2010 landslide and new voices counseling a shift...Show More Summary

Paul Seeks to Win Over Evangelicals

The Washington Post reports that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has aggressively courted evangelical Christians over the last few months. "Paul's play for evangelical support is part of a broader effort by the rookie senator to court the Republican...Show More Summary

Clintons Freeze Out Weiner

"Bill and Hillary Clinton will not support Anthony Weiner in his dream of becoming mayor even though they love his wife, Huma Abedin," the New York Post reports. reports. Said one source: "The Clintons wish Weiner would just disappear. Every time he pops up, it's a reminder of Bill's scandal with Monica Lewinsky, and it isn't helpful to Hillary's hopes for 2016."

Bloomberg Admits Allowing Reporters to Snoop on Users

"Reporters at Bloomberg News were trained to use a function on the company's financial data terminals that allowed them to view subscribers' contact information and, in some cases, monitor login activity in order to advance news coverage,"...Show More Summary

Shaheen Leads Possible Rivals for Re-Election

A new Dartmouth College poll in New Hampshire finds Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) leading Jeb Bradley (R) in a possible re-election match up, 48% to 25%. Shaheen also leads former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), 44% to 30%.

IRS Scrutiny Was Deeper Than Thought

Investigators have found that the IRA "scrutinized conservative groups for raising political concerns over government spending, debt and taxes or even for advocating making America a better place to live," the Wall Street Journal reports."The...Show More Summary

How Think Tanks Cloak Lobbying Work

New Republic: "Washington lobbyists are required by law to disclose who they work for, how much they get paid and what issues they advocate for. But they're not obliged to mention it when they do other work--like, say, appear as a policy expert at a think-tank event... Show More Summary

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