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Taegan Goddard

Contributing Writer

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire, one of the earliest and most influential political websites. He also runs Wonk Wire and the Political Dictionary. Goddard spent more than a decade as managing director and COO of a prominent investment firm in New York City. Previously, he was a policy adviser to a U.S. senator and governor. Goddard is also co-author of You Won — Now What? (Scribner, 1998), a political management book hailed by prominent journalists and politicians from both parties. Goddard's essays on politics and public policy have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country, including The Washington Post, USA TodayBoston Globe, San Francisco ChronicleChicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Christian Science Monitor. Goddard earned degrees from Vassar College and Harvard University. He lives in New York with his wife and three sons.

Yes, Hillary Clinton is running for president
Hillary Clinton
Taegan Goddard

Yes, Hillary Clinton is running for president

Will 2016 finally kill Iowa's and New Hampshire's outsized political power?
Huckabee
Analysis

Will 2016 finally kill Iowa's and New Hampshire's outsized political power?

How technology is destroying American democracy
Barack Obama
Opinion

How technology is destroying American democracy

The GOP's three-wing circus: Can any candidate unite them all?
Circus Tent
Opinion

The GOP's three-wing circus: Can any candidate unite them all?

2016 Republicans are completely ignoring the lessons of their 2012 'autopsy'
Reince Priebus
Opinion

2016 Republicans are completely ignoring the lessons of their 2012 'autopsy'

The GOP should run its debates just like American Idol
American Idol
Opinion

The GOP should run its debates just like American Idol

The GOP's worst nightmare and a pundit's dream: A brokered convention in 2016
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.
Analysis

The GOP's worst nightmare and a pundit's dream: A brokered convention in 2016

Jeb Bush is destroying our laughable campaign finance laws
Jeb Bush
Opinion

Jeb Bush is destroying our laughable campaign finance laws

Is Hillary Clinton flip-flopping or just evolving?
Hillary Clinton
Analysis

Is Hillary Clinton flip-flopping or just evolving?

What House of Cards gets exactly right about political journalism
House of Cards
Opinion

What House of Cards gets exactly right about political journalism

Can America's politics be unbundled from America's political parties?
Opinion

Can America's politics be unbundled from America's political parties?

Will you miss the biggest story of the 2016 presidential election?
Reporters
Analysis

Will you miss the biggest story of the 2016 presidential election?

Supreme Court skeptical of Obama's authority to make recess appointments
Barack Obama
Taegan Goddard

Supreme Court skeptical of Obama's authority to make recess appointments

Florida looks brighter than ever for Democrats
Crist
Taegan Goddard

Florida looks brighter than ever for Democrats

Boehner throws in the towel on the debt limit
John Boehner
Taegan Goddard

Boehner throws in the towel on the debt limit

The GOP's chances of taking control of the Senate are rising
McConnell et al
Taegan Goddard

The GOP's chances of taking control of the Senate are rising

Can we overcome our current political dysfunction?
Sen. Harry Reid
Taegan Goddard

Can we overcome our current political dysfunction?

Republicans force President Obama into a corner
Taegan Goddard
Taegan Goddard

Republicans force President Obama into a corner

Would the Founders be proud of America?
Taegan Goddard
Taegan Goddard

Would the Founders be proud of America?

When everything is off the table
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
Taegan Goddard

When everything is off the table

5 issues facing Congress that are even tougher than the sequester
The challenges just keep piling up for John Boehner and Co.
Taegan Goddard

5 issues facing Congress that are even tougher than the sequester

A confident Obama goes for two big legislative wins at once
President Obama speaks on immigration reform In Las Vegas, Jan. 29.
Taegan Goddard

A confident Obama goes for two big legislative wins at once

Is ObamaCare a disaster?
Taegan Goddard
Taegan Goddard

Is ObamaCare a disaster?

5 interesting nuggets buried in the latest round of campaign finance reports
The Kansas City home opener on April 8
Taegan Goddard

5 interesting nuggets buried in the latest round of campaign finance reports

Democrats aren't dead in the South
Kay Hagan
Taegan Goddard

Democrats aren't dead in the South

Politics never stops in Iowa
Iowa will hold its first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses on Tuesday evening: The Hawkeye State has voted first since 1972.
Taegan Goddard

Politics never stops in Iowa

Will the ObamaCare fumble encourage Howard Dean to run for president again?
Taegan Goddard
Taegan Goddard

Will the ObamaCare fumble encourage Howard Dean to run for president again?

How geeks re-elected the president
Taegan Goddard
Taegan Goddard

How geeks re-elected the president

Why Democrats still have a chance to hold the Senate seat in Arkansas
Mark Pryor
Taegan Goddard

Why Democrats still have a chance to hold the Senate seat in Arkansas

How Obama won the internet
Obama
Taegan Goddard

How Obama won the internet

Prostitution links threaten key senator's standing
Federal agents raid the medical office complex of Dr. Salomon Melgen who has possible ties to Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) on Jan. 30.
Taegan Goddard

Prostitution links threaten key senator's standing

Democrats rally around increasing the minimum wage
Taegan Goddard
Taegan Goddard

Democrats rally around increasing the minimum wage

Did Obama force Democrats onto the third rail of American politics?
Taegan Goddard
Taegan Goddard

Did Obama force Democrats onto the third rail of American politics?

How badly have Republicans hurt themselves?
Mitch McConnell
Taegan Goddard

How badly have Republicans hurt themselves?

5 key insights into the midterm elections, courtesy of Mitt Romney's pollster
Capitol
Taegan Goddard

5 key insights into the midterm elections, courtesy of Mitt Romney's pollster

Frustration with President Obama doesn't mean he's incompetent
Taegan Goddard
Taegan Goddard

Frustration with President Obama doesn't mean he's incompetent