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The Fix: November 27, 2005 - December 3, 2005

A Few Political Nuggets for the Weekend

* Do yourself a favor and read Dan Eggen's blockbuster piece in today's Washington Post  in which he reports on a Justice Department memo from 2003 in which six lawyers and two analysts unanimously agreed that the Texas congressional redistricting...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 2, 2005; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Odds and Ends  
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A Primary Challenge to Lieberman?

Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman's image as the Democrat most supportive of President Bush's handling of the war in Iraq is leading some liberals within the party  -- including fundraising powerhouse Moveon.org -- to chatter about fielding a primary challenge to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 2, 2005; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Senate  
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The Friday Line: Handicapping the White House Hopefuls

It's been a month since The Fix last ranked the five Democrats and five Republicans most likely to wind up as the presidential nominees in 2008. The original post generated a slew of comments and suggestions that have been factored...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 2, 2005; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , The Line  
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Frist Heads to the Granite State

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) will head to New Hampshire on Tuesday, making three stops during the day in this key presidential primary state. Frist is scheduled to have lunch with a handful of activists in Concord, then head...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 1, 2005; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Evan Bayh Turns 50

What better way to celebrate your 50th birthday than at a fundraiser with several hundred of your closest friends? Sen. Evan Bayh is laying the groundwork for a White House run. Above, the Indiana senator speaks at the New Hampshire...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 1, 2005; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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2006 Midterms: Early Spin From Both Sides

Five top-level House and Senate operatives gathered at the Hotel Washington in downtown D.C. this morning to offer up their views on where things stand in the 2006 midterm elections. The panel was hosted by The Hotline and the Center...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 1, 2005; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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Tom Vilsack's Online Policy Shop

As part of Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack's (D) attempt to make his policy mark on the national stage, he has been conducting an online discussion on his Heartland PAC Web site over the past two months to solicit ideas on...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 1, 2005; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Pelosi: Murtha Was Right

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) today became the most high-profile Democrat to throw her support behind Rep. John Murtha's (D-Pa.) call for immediate redeployment of the American military forces in Iraq. At a press conference in Washington, Pelosi said...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 30, 2005; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  House  
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Keeping Tabs on the Consultants

Keeping track of the Washington's political professional community is a full-time job, but The Fix tries to monitor the comings and goings of pollsters, media advisers, direct-mail pros and others. Here's a look some recent moves in the Democratic consulting...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 30, 2005; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Political Pros  
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Parsing the Polls: Explaining the Immigration Contradiction

President Bush spent the first two days of this week previewing his plans to address illegal immigration in the new year, and a handful of potential Republican presidential candidates are making it a centerpiece of their issue agendas. So why...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 30, 2005; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
Categories:  Parsing the Polls  
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New Hampshire vs. The Party?

Update: John DiStaso reports in the New Hampshire Union Leader today that the top election official in the state is prepared to move the 2008 presidential primary date to ensure the Granite State's first-in-the-nation status. Secretary of State William Gardner...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 30, 2005; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Democratic Party  
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Democrats' Split Personality on Iraq

Democrats weighing a 2008 presidential run appear to be moving in two directions when it comes to the difficult issue of setting a timetable for drawing down the U.S. military presence in Iraq. Virginia Gov. Mark Warner (D) used a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 29, 2005; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Eye on 2008  
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'08 Primaries: N.H. Democrats Make Their Case

In a bid to preserve their first-in-the-nation presidential primary status, New Hampshire Democrats unveiled a proposal this morning that they cast as a compromise solution in the increasingly contentious fight over the 2008 primary calendar. Under the New Hampshire plan...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 29, 2005; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Political Scandal Scorecard

Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham's (R-Calif.) resignation from the House yesterday after pleading guilty to corruption charges is just the latest in a series of scandals -- some large, some small -- currently dogging high-level elected officials. Scandals are nothing new...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 29, 2005; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Governors , House , Senate  
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McGahn Staying Put at NRCC

Don McGahn, the lead lawyer for House Republicans' campaign arm, will not be named to fill a GOP vacancy on the Federal Election Commission; instead, he will stay with the National Republican Congressional Committee for the duration of the cycle....

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 28, 2005; 6:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Rep. Cunningham Enters Guilty Plea, Resigns

Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.) pleaded guilty today to fraud, conspiracy to commit bribery and tax evasion. Shortly after entering his plea, Cunningham announced that he is immediately resigning his seat, though he had already announced that he would not...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 28, 2005; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
Categories:  House  
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Kolbe Retirement: A Sign of Things to Come?

Arizona Republican Rep. Jim Kolbe last week announced he plans to retire from Congress at the end of his current term, becoming the 13th House Republican set to retire after the 109th Congress adjourns. Kolbe said his decision was based...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 28, 2005; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  House  
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