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The Fix: October 30, 2005 - November 5, 2005

Iraq: A Litmus Test for Democrats in 2008?

In the last ten days, two Democrats contemplating the 2008 presidential race -- Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry and former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle -- have called for a specific timeline for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. In a speech...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 4, 2005; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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The Friday Line: Senate Races to Watch

The Senate playing field hasn't seen any major shakeups since our last rankings on Oct. 14.  The big mover is Ohio where things seem to be getting even worse for Republicans.  New Jersey joins the list at #10 as Sen....

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 4, 2005; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate , The Line  
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Tom DeLay on Accountability

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) offered a mea culpa to fiscal conservatives today for the Republican-controlled Congress's spending policies, the latest move in a public relations campaign designed to shore up the Texan's political base as he battles...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 3, 2005; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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Lautenberg's Rhetorical Missile

Just two days after Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) forced a closed session to highlight an alleged lack of progress into a probe of pre- Iraq war intelligence, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) staged another act of political disobedience today....

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 3, 2005; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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A Closer Look at Ohio's 4th District

A post yesterday on the election playing field in Ohio next year elicited a number of questions and comments about why Ohio's 4th district, where Rep. Mike Oxley (R) is retiring, was not mentioned as a possible Democratic takeover. Here's...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 3, 2005; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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Polls Point to Gov. Corzine

Three polls released yesterday show that New Jersey Sen. Jon Corzine (D) has opened a lead over businessman Doug Forrester (R) in the race to be the next governor of the Garden State. Corzine's lead ranges from 12 points in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 3, 2005; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors  
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Obama Builds a Farm Team

Further polishing his credentials for a potential national run down the line, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is planing to use his new leadership political action committee to fund a school to train new campaign workers who can support Democratic candidates...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 2, 2005; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Democratic Party  
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Closed Door Session: Red State Dems React

Did Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) parliamentary theatrics yesterday do harm to the handful of his colleagues running for reelection in red states in 2006? At first blush, it would appear not.  One high-level staffer for a red-state Democrat...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 2, 2005; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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Ohio: 2006's Ground Zero

After providing the key electoral votes to return George W. Bush to the Oval Office last November, Ohio is once again shaping up to be the country's bellwether in 2006. The state will play host to an open-seat governor's race,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 2, 2005; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors  
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Edwards Blasts Alito Nomination

Perhaps forgetting momentarily that he is no longer a member of the Senate, John Edwards came out against the Supreme Court nomination of Samuel Alito in an e-mail to supporters today. "President Bush is making yet another divisive choice nominating...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 1, 2005; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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McCain Weighs In on California Measure

One week before Californians head to the polls to vote on a ballot initiative that would restructure how the state's congressional lines are drawn, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is weighing in on behalf of the proposal. McCain appears in a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 1, 2005; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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It's Official: Rep. Oxley Retires

As reported last night in The Fix, Ohio Rep. Mike Oxley (R) is retiring at the end of his current term. He made it official today and has scheduled announcements in Findlay, Lima and Mansfield. "There comes a time to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 1, 2005; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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Pew Poll: Good News for McCain, Edwards

An independent poll conducted last month by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press shows Arizona Sen. John McCain (R) and former North Carolina senator John Edwards (D) as the 2008 presidential candidates with the most potential...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 1, 2005; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Senate GOP Notes: Tenn., Mich., Majority Project

Need a break from Samuel Alito?  The Fix aims to please with a few interesting tidbits about Republicans' efforts to keep their majority in the 2006 elections. Tennessee In the race for the Senate seat being given up by Majority...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 1, 2005; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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Mike Oxley, Retiree?

Rep. Mike Oxley (R-Ohio) is planning to retire from Congress and could make an announcement to that effect as early as this week, according to four sources with close ties to House Republicans who were told of the decision by...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 31, 2005; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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Alito Nomination: Gang of 14 to Meet

The 14 senators whose compromise earlier this year defused a potential floor fight over the filibustering of federal judges is set to meet Thursday to discuss the nomination of Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court. The meeting will...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 31, 2005; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Politics and the Court  
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RNC Rallies the Base for Alito

Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman sent out an e-mail to more than 10 million activists this morning, asking them to sign an online petition in favor of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr.'s nomination to the Supreme Court. The RNC...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 31, 2005; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Politics and the Court  
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Republicans Ready for a Fight

Even before President Bush introduced Samuel Alito as the next Supreme Court nominee this morning, Senate Judiciary Committee member Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) labeled Alito as a "nominee likely to divide America."  Minutes later, Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman slapped...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 31, 2005; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sunday Talk Shows: GOPers Critique a Tough Week

For years, the Sunday talk shows have served as a message testing ground for the two parties. Today was no different. With the indictment and subsequent resignation of vice presidential chief of staff Scooter Libby and the prospect of a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 30, 2005; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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Dems Moving Toward 2008 Calendar Changes

The Fix's very own Chris Cillizza wrote a story for Sunday's Post detailing the increasing likelihood that Democrats will add several states to the 2008 primary calendar between the traditional Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.  You can read the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 30, 2005; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Democratic Party  
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