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The Fix: December 18, 2005 - December 24, 2005

Brownback Talks '08

In an interview with C-SPAN's Brian Lamb, set to run on Christmas Day, Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback (R) left little doubt that he will be a candidate for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination. Sen. Brownback may be off to an...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 23, 2005; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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CA-50: Special Election Date Is Set

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) announced late last week that a special election to replace former Rep. Duke Cunningham (R) in the state's 50th District will be held on April 11, with a runoff set for June 6. Actually, under...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 22, 2005; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  House  
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Shaking Up The Fix's House Line

The Fix loves dessert before dinner and opening presents on Christmas Eve instead of waiting for Christmas morning. Embracing this impatient spirit, here is the Friday Line a day early. With most people hitting the road tomorrow for their holiday...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 22, 2005; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
Categories:  House , The Line  
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N.Y. Senate: Hillary Coasting to Reelection

Former Westchester County district attorney Jeanine Pirro (R) today announced that she is giving up on her bid against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) and instead will run for New York attorney general. The Pirro switch had been in the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 21, 2005; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Senate  
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Warner to New Hampshire (Again)

Virginia Gov. Mark Warner (D) will keynote the New Hampshire Democratic Party's annual 100 Club dinner on Feb. 10 in Manchester. "Mark Warner is one of the few governors in the country with home-state support as strong as our own...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 21, 2005; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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More Parsing the Polls: Bad News for Congressional Republicans?

Earlier today The Fix examined four recently released national polls and what they revealed about President Bush's public standing.  In short, Bush's numbers crept upward over the past month. But the ratings for Congress remained largely unchanged -- a worrisome...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 21, 2005; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Parsing the Polls  
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Parsing the Polls on Bush

Four national polls released over the past week show President Bush's job approval trending upward over the last month, with experts saying the steadily growing economy and successful parliamentary elections in Iraq benefiting the administration. Not all of the news...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 21, 2005; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Parsing the Polls  
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Party Committees Report Nov. Fundraising

All six national party committees were expected to file reports with the Federal Election Commission today documenting their financial activities for the month of November. Early returns were promising for Democrats. The Democratic National Committee had its best fundraising month...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 20, 2005; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Republican Party  
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Feingold: Liberals' Ideal 2008 Candidate?

As President George W. Bush seeks to tamp down the furor caused by revelations of a secret domestic spying program, his primary adversary is not a high-profile senator like Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) or Harry Reid (D-Nev.).  Instead, it's Russ...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 20, 2005; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Trent Lott: Reading the Tea Leaves

Recent comments by Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott (R) have reinvigorated talk that he will leave the Senate in 2006, opening up another potential target for Democrats already predicting gains in the midterm elections. Will he or won't he? Sen. Lott...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 20, 2005; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Senate  
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Paychecks For the Party Chairs

Read Chris Cillizza's story from today's Washington Post:  "Party Chairmen Say Yes to Paychecks." The story updates a post he filed in The Fix on Nov. 14....

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 20, 2005; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Republican Party  
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Democrats Ding Potential GOP Presidential Candidates

Seeking an early jumpstart on the approaching 2008 presidential race, the Democratic National Committee released a series of reports Friday on some of the Republican politicians most-often named as likely candidates for the GOP nomination. "With the holiday season upon...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 19, 2005; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Liberal "Club" to Meet With Two More '08 Dems

Early in January, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and retired Gen. Wesley Clark are scheduled to sit down with a small group of liberal activists who see themselves as early vetters of potential Democratic candidates for the 2008 presidential...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 19, 2005; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Eye on 2008  
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The Friday Line: Romney News Shakes Up Governors Rankings

Editor's Note: Due to techical problems with our blog vendor, The Friday Line didn't get posted last week.  Apologies for the delay. The biggest piece of news so far this year on the gubernatorial front came Wednesday when Massachusetts Gov....

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 19, 2005; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Governors , The Line  
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