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Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor is the political correspondent and staff reporter at The National Memo. Previously, he was a staff reporter at The East Hampton Star, where he wrote about politics and the arts. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan in 2010 with a B.A. in political science. You can follow him on Twitter @matthewt_ny

Will North Carolina Marriage Amendment Force Obama’s Hand At DNC?

North Carolina voters are poised to pass a constitutional amendment next week that would bar all government recognition of same-sex couples, putting pressure on President Barack Obama to address marriage equality in his platform at the September Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. According to the latest Public Policy Polling survey of the state, Amendment One […]

May 2, 2012

Scathing British Government Report Calls Murdoch Unfit To Lead

Calling Australian media magnate Rupert Murdoch unfit to lead a major corporation, a panel of British lawmakers on Tuesday charged him with having “exhibited willful blindness” toward illegal phone hacking at his now-defunct News of the World tabloid. The 121-page report from the British Parliament’s select committee on culture, media and sport had not been […]

May 1, 2012

May Day A Crucial Test For Occupy Wall Street

NEW YORK — Occupy Wall Street protesters will fan out across Manhattan and the nation on Tuesday in an effort to breathe new life into a movement that has sputtered since bursting onto the national stage last September. The “nationwide emergency outcry” by activists intent on showing America what a day would be like without […]

April 30, 2012

Dems Hope For Osama Election

Eight years after he released an inflammatory video just days before election day that may have helped George W. Bush win a second term, the late Osama bin Laden has become a political talisman for Barack Obama and the Democrats — a reminder of the president’s most tangible accomplishment since taking office. Between the video […]

April 30, 2012

Embracing Karl Rove, Sheldon Adelson Goes Stealth

Sick of negative press, Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino mogul best known for donating over $20 million to a Super PAC backing Newt Gingrich’s failed presidential bid, teased his plan for the rest of 2012 Friday: funneling money to Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, which is not required to disclose its donors and could help […]

April 28, 2012

Karl Rove: Obama Poised For Electoral Triumph

Karl Rove, George W. Bush’s top political adviser for over a decade and the brains behind an outside group that hopes to raise and spend $300 million opposing President Obama’s re-election, released his first analysis of the 2012 electoral map this week, picking Obama as the early favorite. His electoral map, reproduced below, pegs the […]

April 27, 2012

Biden Skewers Romney’s ‘Back To The Future’ Foreign Policy

Vice President Joe Biden delivered the latest in a series of speeches intended to frame the fall campaign against Mitt Romney with a foreign policy address at New York University Thursday, slamming the presumptive Republican presidential nominee as a “CEO” out of his depth. Touting the Obama administration’s successful mission to assassinate 9/11 mastermind Osama […]

April 26, 2012

Obama Blames Economy For Lack Of Global Warming Fix

Barack Obama has disappointed liberals on everything from civil liberties to health care to financial reform since taking office in 2009, and nowhere has he let his base down more than on climate change. The American Clean Energy and Security Act, a cap-and-trade bill that would have reduced carbon emissions by roughly the amount needed […]

April 25, 2012

Santorum Takes His Time To Endorse Romney

Former Pennsylvania senator and social conservative firebrand Rick Santorum may have come close to derailing Mitt Romney’s glide to the Republican presidential nomination, but now that he’s quit the race, the big question is how (and not whether) he endorses his former rival. Having announced that he would end his campaign on April 10, Santorum […]

April 25, 2012

Will Super PACs Depress Turnout In November?

Super PACs and the changed campaign finance terrain are all the rage this election season, and a national poll released Tuesday found a quarter of Americans — including large numbers of racial minorities and young voters, the essential components of Barack Obama’s electoral coalition — are less likely to vote as a result. The survey, […]

April 24, 2012

Protesting GOP, Huntsman Torches Political Career

Former Utah governor and ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, the conservative Republican who just a few months ago was making a serious bid to steer his party back toward moderation and rationality, has moved from trying to change the GOP from within to mocking it from the sidelines. In a freewheeling discussion at the 92nd […]

April 23, 2012

Study: Media Coverage Of Obama ‘Consistently Negative’

In sharp contrast to the perception on the right that the press corps is in the tank for Democrats and Barack Obama, there has not been a single week this year when the president received more positive coverage than negative, according to a media study released Monday. The nonpartisan report from the Pew Research Center’s […]

April 23, 2012

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Mocks Feds, Trumpets Abuse Of Power At Fundraiser

Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, hero of the anti-immigrant right and endorser of John McCain’s 2010 Senate re-election bid, has been caught on tape mocking a federal investigation into racial profiling and abuse of power at his office. Referring to initial inquiries into his arrest patterns — he clearly targets Latinos — Arpaio says, […]

April 23, 2012

Citigroup Sued By Shareholder Over Executive Pay

Citigroup, one of a litany of American banks bailed out by U.S. taxpayers at the height of the financial crisis in 2008, was sued in Manhattan Federal Court Thursday by a shareholder angry at $54 million in compensation doled out to executives last year. The suit, brought by shareholder Stanley Moskal against CEO Vikram Pandit […]

April 20, 2012

Ted Nugent Clings to Guns, Religion, And… The Secret Service?

1970s rocker and pro-gun conservative activist Ted Nugent, who made headlines when he told National Rifle Association members last weekend that “I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year” if Barack Obama is re-elected president, met with Secret Service agents in Oklahoma Thursday to explain himself. “The issue has been resolved” […]

April 20, 2012

Paul Ryan Budget Puts House In Play

Republicans clamoring for presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney to tap Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, author of the controversial budget plan that would privatize Medicare, as his vice presidential candidate might want to think twice: their House majority could be at stake. A new Democracy Corps/Greenberg Quinlan Rosner survey of 1,000 voters in the 56 most […]

April 18, 2012

Facing Conservative Onslaught, Dick Lugar Fights For His Life In Indiana

Dick Lugar, the six-term Republican Senator from Indiana, is locked in the fight of his political life, fending off a vigorous challenge from conservative groups angry at his cooperation with President Obama. And just as they did in Nevada, Colorado, and Delaware in 2010, those groups risk losing a Senate seat for their Republican Party […]

April 18, 2012

Obama’s Super PAC Tags Romney As Rich Guy

The 2012 presidential campaign might not reach fever-pitch until the party conventions this summer, but Barack Obama’s Super PAC is wasting no time, going on the air this week with a television advertisement meant to define presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney as the candidate of the rich. The 30-second spot picks up on the Obama […]

April 16, 2012

Romney, Hannity Find Common Ground On Teleprompters

Sean Hannity has mocked Barack Obama’s use of a teleprompter over 200 times, but when it comes to presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, he thinks it’s smart strategy. “It does make some sense,” Romney said of using a teleprompter. “It keeps you from saying something you don’t mean, you get the message out.” The unaired exchange was […]

April 13, 2012

Obama Campaign: Happy Birthday Romneycare!

Barack Obama’s re-election campaign released a web video on Thursday commemorating the six-year anniversary of the healthcare law Mitt Romney signed in 2006, a law that bears a striking resemblance to the federal Affordable Care Act that the former Massachusetts governor has pledged to repeal. Featuring testimonials from the experts who worked with both Romney […]

April 12, 2012

Scott Walker Opens Up TV Barrage Against Two Democratic Challengers

Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker, who has been running TV ads for months in an effort to insulate himself from a growing recall campaign, went on the air Thursday with ads attacking two potential Democratic opponents. The ads reflect the challenge confronting Walker, who will face a recall election on June 5, as he waits […]

April 12, 2012

Will Sheldon Adelson Haunt Shelley Berkley’s Senate Bid?

Las Vegas casino baron and billionaire Sheldon Adelson, the hawkish backer of Israel’s right-wing government who dumped over $15 million into a Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich for president, could play just as big in the Nevada Senate campaign, where the employee he fired 15 years ago is locked in a tight race with the […]

April 11, 2012

Dem Candidate On Air In Wisconsin Recall

Tom Barrett, the Milwaukee mayor who lost the gubernatorial race to Scott Walker in 2010, is on the air with his first TV ad in the recall election, promising to restore collective bargaining rights for public workers: Other Democrats, including former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, Secretary of State Doug La Follette and state Sen. […]

April 11, 2012

Tax Day Approaching, Americans Back Obama

The first tax day since the Occupy Wall Street movement emerged is around the corner, and polls show most Americans think the amount they pay in federal taxes is fair, even if their richer neighbor is still getting off easy. The Republican-leaning American Enterprise Institute released its annual compilation of public opinion data on taxes […]

April 9, 2012

Romney’s First General Election Pivot: Contraception

Now that even Newt Gingrich admits Mitt Romney is all-but-certain to be the Republican presidential nominee, the former Massachusetts governor who once earned broad bipartisan plaudits for his moderate positions on everything from abortion to healthcare can begin his “etch a sketch” reset for the general election. And the issue on which we can expect […]

April 8, 2012