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The Fix: January 29, 2006 - February 4, 2006

Obama to McCain: No Thanks on Reform Task Force

In a sign that many Democrats continue to view ethics as a potent political issue in the midterm elections,  Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on Thursday rejected an effort by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to form a bipartisan task force to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 3, 2006; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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The Friday Line: Winning the 2008 Money Primary

It's time for the most hotly debated of Friday Line topics -- the early standings in the 2008 presidential sweepstakes. With year-end fundraising reports flooding into the Federal Election Commission over the past few days, money is the focus of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 3, 2006; 6:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , The Line  
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House GOP: Leadership Race Winners and Losers

If you somehow missed the news this afternoon, Rep. John Boehner (Ohio) pulled an upset in the House majority leader race, knocking off Roy Blunt (Mo.) and John Shadegg (Ariz.). Adam Putnam (Fla.) won the GOP Policy Chair contest. The...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 2, 2006; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House , Republican Party  
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Romney's Iowa Gain Turns to Loss

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) scored something of a coup last month in the 2008 talent competition when he signed on Matt Elliott -- an Iowa Republican operative -- as a consultant to his Commonwealth PAC last month. Mitt Romney...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 2, 2006; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Wash. Senate: Cantwell Challenger Hits the Airwaves

Ask Republicans around Washington (D.C.) to name their  sleeper Senate race of the 2006 cycle, and more often than not they mention the Washington (State) contest. Why?  Because Republicans think former Safeco Insurance CEO Mike McGavick (R) has the personal...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 2, 2006; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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State of the Union: The Takeaway

If there was any doubt that Republicans plan to make the 2006 midterm elections a referendum on national security, President Bush put that to rest in his State of the Union speech last night. "In a time of testing we...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 1, 2006; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Republican Party  
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Parsing the Polls: A State of the Union Bounce?

Will President George W. Bush get any kind of bump in the polls following his latest State of the Union address? In the run-up to Bush's speech, Republicans and Democrats had very different (and surprising) takes on this question. Matthew...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 1, 2006; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Parsing the Polls  
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Tim Kaine: A New Model for Democrats?

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine's selection to deliver the Democratic response to President Bush's State of the Union address comes as no surprise to Cornell Belcher -- the lead pollster at the Democratic National Committee. Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine delivered the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2006; 10:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Governors  
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Pre-Spinning the State of the Union

President George W. Bush's fourth State of the Union address isn't slated to begin until 9:01 p.m. ET tonight, but the spinning and positioning has been underway for the last 48 hours. Much of what the president will say in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2006; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Republican Party  
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George Allen: The NFL's Presidential Pick?

For readers wondering why Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) is getting so much buzz as a potential 2008 presidential candidate, look no further than a recent fundraising invitation that found its way into The Fix's e-mail in-box. Potential 2008 presidential candidate...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2006; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Club For Growth Poll Spells Trouble For GOP

A new survey commissioned by the Club For Growth forebodes major problems for congressional Republicans at the ballot box unless, the conservative group says, a change is made in the House GOP leadership. The survey of voters in 20 congressional...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2006; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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Bill Frist: On The Rebound

After enduring a miserable political year in 2005, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) is taking tentative steps toward reasserting himself as a serious presidential candidate. A confluence of strong fundraising numbers, a solid -- if unspectacular -- appearance on...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2006; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Senate  
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Tom DeLay: "This Is a National Campaign"

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) today said his ongoing legal problems will not affect his chances of winning a twelfth term in November but did acknowledge the race would be a "national" contest. In a sitdown with MSNBC's...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 30, 2006; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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Senate GOP: Freshman Thune Eyes Leadership Role

The man who knocked off the most powerful Democratic senator in the 2004 elections appears to be well-positioned to run for chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee following this year's midterm elections. Sen. Thune could join the GOP leadership...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 30, 2006; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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R.I. Senate: Chafee Rolls Dice With 'No' on Alito

Moderate Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R.I.) announced today that he will vote against confirming Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court, the first -- and likely only -- GOPer to declare opposition to the nomination.  "I am a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 30, 2006; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Politics and the Court , Senate  
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Insider Interview: Cornell Belcher Talks Values

As Democrats seek to find their way back to majority-party status, Cornell Belcher is the number-crunching guru the party is turning to for guidance. Belcher is the lead pollster at the Democratic National Committee, tasked with deciphering how to find...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 30, 2006; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Insider Interview  
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