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The Fix: January 1, 2006 - January 7, 2006

House Republicans: Who Will Replace DeLay?

Texas Rep. Tom DeLay's (R) decision Saturday to permanently step aside as House majority leader sets up at least one high-profile race that could change the face of the chamber's Republican leadership. The majority leader contest at the moment is...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 7, 2006; 7:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  House  
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Tom DeLay Steps Aside

A newsy Saturday for political junkies.  Embattled House Majority Leader Tom DeLay today said he would give up his effort to remain in his post. Read the letter DeLay sent to House Speaker Hastert. And here is the letter he...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 7, 2006; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  House  
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Is DeLay Losing Support in House GOP Caucus?

Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff's guilty plea this week seems to be having a spillover effect in the House, where more Republican members are urging new leadership elections that could depose Abramoff ally Tom DeLay (R-Texas) as majority leader. It would...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 6, 2006; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  House  
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Daschle to Iowa (Again)

Former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle (D) just keeps popping up in Iowa. The ex-Senate minority leader headlined the state Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on Nov. 5, and he will be back in the Hawkeye State on Feb. 1...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 6, 2006; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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The Friday Line: Momentum for Senate Democrats

The election year is finally here, and the first Friday Line of 2006 looks at key Senate races.  Democrats continue to be well-positioned to pick up seats in November (though not necessarily to regain the majority, which would require a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 6, 2006; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Senate , The Line  
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Harold Ford Jr. -- Underrated?

Is it possible that Tennessee Democratic Rep. Harold Ford Jr., who has been touted as a potential presidential candidate by the likes of Michael Barone, is actually being underestimated in his current race for the Senate? In short, yes. Ford,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 5, 2006; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Senate  
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Feingold in Vermont, New Hampshire

After his emergence in 2005 as a leading voice for the liberal wing of the Democratic party, Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold is working to cement that reputation with a campaign swing for Rep. Bernie Sanders (I) in Vermont.Feingold will be...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 5, 2006; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Abramoff Scandal's Many Tentacles

With disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff claiming that he has information that could implicate as many as 60 members of Congress and staff in his pay-to-play scams, Capitol Hill is rife with rumors about who might be the next name to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 5, 2006; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  Governors  
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Gingrich: 1994 Legacy "Hangs in the Balance"

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich today cast the Jack Abramoff scandal as symbolic of a broader level of corruption in Washington and called on the Republican majority in Congress to adopt broad-based campaign finance and lobbying reforms. "This is not...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 4, 2006; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  House , Republican Party  
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Parsing the Polls: The Public's Take on Congressional Corruption

Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff's plea agreement has Washington, D.C., buzzing and strategists wondering what the political fallout will be from the burgeoning scandal. Three national polls in the field last month asked questions about ethics and corruption in Congress --...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 4, 2006; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Parsing the Polls  
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Abramoff: GOP Strategists Urge "Real" Ethics Package

A number of high-level Republican strategists have been quietly urging their party's congressional leaders to pass a "real ethics package" (in the words of one advocate) to counteract the potential negative political effects of the ongoing scandal surrounding disgraced lobbyist...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 3, 2006; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  House  
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Vilsack Adds Some PR Talent

Word is leaking out from Iowa Democratic sources that Governor Tom Vilsack (D), a potential 2008 presidential candidate, is likely to hire Rodell Mollineau as his new communications director. Mollineau has been with Sen. Mark Pryor (D) since 2002, when...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 3, 2006; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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The Fix's Grab Bag of Celebrity Politicians

Just when it appeared that the New York Republican Party had hit rock bottom, state Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno (R) showed it could go a little lower when he floated real-estate-mogul-cum-television-star Donald Trump as a potential 2006 gubernatorial candidate....

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 3, 2006; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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