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The Fix: October 23, 2005 - October 29, 2005

Leak Case: 2008 Dems Attack, Republicans Mum

Not surprisingly, a handful of Democratic senators contemplating the 2008 presidential race quickly sought to score political points off of Friday's indictment of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, while Republicans eyeing national office remained largely out of sight. For Democrats, condemning...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 28, 2005; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fitzgerald: Full Report Will Not Be Made Public

Amid the flurry of activity out of Patrick Fitzgerald's office today came a letter sent to four Democratic House members that makes clear that the special prosecutor has no plans to make a full report on his investigation available either...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 28, 2005; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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GOPers Mull Leak Probe's Political Fallout

The Fix spoke with a number of Republicans both on and off Capitol Hill this morning about the potential fallout about any indictments that may be announced today in the CIA leak scandal. The responses ran the public relations gamut. ...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 28, 2005; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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The Friday Line: Governors' Races to Watch

Governors' races take center stage in this week's Friday Line. With 38 seats -- 22 Republican and 16 Democrats -- up for grabs this November and next, narrowing it down to just 10 races to watch is a tough task....

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 28, 2005; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors , The Line  
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2008 GOPers on Miers

Following Harriet Miers's decision to withdraw her name from consideration for the Supreme Court opening, The Fix received dozens of statements from various politicians. Most aren't worth mentioning. But given the animosity that had built toward Miers among conservative Republicans,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 27, 2005; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Rove Assembling PR Team

The only thing that would bump Harriet Miers off tomorrow's front pages is if news breaks today that either White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove or vice presidential Chief of Staff Scooter Libby has been indicted in the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 27, 2005; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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Alert: Supreme Court Justices on Capitol Hill

Washington Post reporters are covering every aspect of Miers's decision to step aside. Here's a slice of life from Capitol Hill today as written by The Post's Charles Babington: "While senators, aides and reporters continued to discuss the Miers withdrawal...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 27, 2005; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Politics and the Court  
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Miers: The Political Fallout

The week went from bad to worse for the Bush White House this morning when Harriet Miers asked the president to withdraw her Supreme Court nomination. President Bush is in Florida today, but House and Senate Republican leaders met with...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 27, 2005; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Politics and the Court  
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Immigration: 2008's Sleeping Giant

Lost amid the Beltway buzz about the Valerie Plame leak investigation is the fact that two Republican senators with an eye on the 2008 GOP nomination are starting to talk publicly (and loudly) about their plans to reform America's immigration...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 27, 2005; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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UPDATE: Rove's Money Trail

Responding to this morning's first post, readers and party operatives have been sending information on other fundraisers that Karl Rove attended in the past six months on behalf of GOP candidates and party groups. Here's an updated version of the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 26, 2005; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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Iraq: Kerry Urges Timeline for Withdrawal

Sen. John Kerry (Mass.) used a speech today at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., to become the second Democrat considering the 2008 race to call for a phased withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Kerry called for an initial pullout...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 26, 2005; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Rove's Money Trail

All of Washington is abuzz that indictments may be handed down this week in the investigation into the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity to the news media. And the name on everyone's lips is Karl Rove -- White...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 26, 2005; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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The Fix Talked Back

I was online earlier today to field readers political questions. You can read a transcript of my politics Web chat here....

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 26, 2005; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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The GOP's Second African American Senate Candidate

Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele today became the second black Republican to announce a bid for the Senate this cycle, a decision GOP operatives are hoping will broaden their appeal to African Americans -- the most Democratic of voting blocs....

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 25, 2005; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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Bill Frist: The Reviews Are In

Several of The Fix's loyal Iowa sources were in attendance when Tennessee Sen. Bill Frist addressed the state Republican Party's annual Ronald Reagan Dinner over the weekend. Sen. Bill Frist speaks at a news conference before the Republican Party of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 25, 2005; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Mr. Vilsack Goes to Washington

Before most Washingtonians drink their first cup of coffee this morning, Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack (D) will be meeting and greeting a group of Democratic lobbyists at the Phoenix Park Hotel. Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack was reportedly on Sen. John...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 25, 2005; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Ohio Senate: Hackett vs. Brown in Dem. Primary

Iraq war veteran Paul Hackett today formally announced his candidacy in the Ohio Senate race, setting up a Democratic primary clash with Ohio Rep. Sherrod Brown. Both men are seeking to unseat Sen. Mike DeWine (R). Hackett cast his campaign...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 24, 2005; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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Daschle Aims to Stay Engaged

Former Senate minority leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) isn't running for president in 2008 -- yet. "It interests me," Daschle acknowledged. "I don't have any plans to run, but I am going to keep my options open." Tom Daschle lost his...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 24, 2005; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Democratic Supper Club

A group of influential Washington-based liberal activists is convening informal dinners with Democratic politicians thought to be considering the 2008 presidential race. The dinners are hosted by former America Coming Together executive director Steve Rosenthal and America Votes head Cecile...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 24, 2005; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Sunday Politics Sampler

Chris Cillizza teamed up with The Post's Thomas B. Edsall to write this Sunday's Politics column.  Check out their items on the New Progressive Coalition, GOP efforts to turn out the vote for Jerry Kilgore in next month's Virginia gubernatorial...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 23, 2005; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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