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The Fix: April 23, 2006 - April 29, 2006

McCain and Edwards: Huge in Belgium

The only thing that politicians considering presidential bids in 2008 enjoy more than an invitation to speak in Iowa or New Hampshire is a chance to bolster their foreign policy credentials with a speech overseas. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 28, 2006; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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The Friday Line: A Few Bright Spots For GOP in House Rankings

Regular readers of past House rankings in the Friday Line will immediately notice one major change in the latest list: Texas's 22nd District, currently held by Rep. Tom DeLay (R), has dropped out of the top 20 altogether. Why? DeLay's...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 28, 2006; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  House , The Line  
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Clash in Connecticut's 5th

Voters in Connecticut's 5th district won't head to the ballot box to choose between Rep. Nancy Johnson (R) and state Sen. Chris Murphy (D) for another seven months but the two sides are sniping at one another as though it...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 27, 2006; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  House  
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Frist Dabbles in the 'Presentational Arts'

While trolling through the financial reports of potential presidential candidates over the last few days, one expenditure in particular caught our eye. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist speaks at a news conference in Kiev, Ukraine, on April 13. Sen. Richard...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 27, 2006; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Leadership PACs: The 2008 Republicans

On Wednesday we dissected the spending habits of the leadership political action committees associated with the 2008 Democratic presidential candidates. Today we turn our attention to the Republicans. Before jumping into a candidate by candidate analysis, it's important to note...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 27, 2006; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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R.I. Senate: Dem's Exit Could Boost Chafee in GOP Primary

Rhode Island Secretary of State Matt Brown  ended his Senate campaign this afternoon, leaving former state Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse as the lone Democrat in the field. A clear primary field should enhance (slightly) Democrats' chances of picking up this...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 26, 2006; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Senate  
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RNC Doles Out Cash, DNC Goes Door to Door

With almost $43 million in the bank at the end of March, the Republican National Committee is the looming giant on the 2006 political landscape. For months, Democratic strategists have privately fretted that the RNC will begin to dump millions...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 26, 2006; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Republican Party  
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Parsing the Polls: The Politics of Gas Prices

You can't swing a cat in Washington, D.C., this week without hitting a politician talking about the rapid increase in gas prices and what should be done about it. President George W. Bush on Tuesday sought to address the problem,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 26, 2006; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
Categories:  Parsing the Polls  
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Video: Fish, Beer, & Politics in Virginia

Click the video player below to watch video excerpts of The Fix's trip to the Virginia Shad Planking . You can also subscribe to The Fix's podcast to receive future news, analysis, and Insider Interviews: Audio Podcast: XML | iTunes...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  April 25, 2006; 7:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Senate  
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A look at Leadership PACs -- The Democrats

It has become de rigueur in recent election cycles for aspiring national politicians to maintain a leadership political action committee. Leadership PACs provide a campaign bank account that a candidate can use to fund his or her relentless travel around...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 25, 2006; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Eye on 2008 , House , Senate  
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Nebraska Gov: Will a Titan Be Rebuffed?

When Rep. Tom Osborne announced almost a year ago that he would challenge Gov. Dave Heineman in Nebraska's May 9 Republican primary, most political observers -- The Fix included -- assumed the legendary coach of the University of Nebraska football...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 25, 2006; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Governors  
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Is Rudy Running?

The Fix has made no secret of its belief that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will ultimately decide not to run for president in 2008. But Giuliani's recent spate of activity across the country has us reconsidering. On...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 24, 2006; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Republican Party  
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Insider Interview: Democratic Pollster Pete Brodnitz

Everything pollster Pete Brodnitz needed to know about the 2005 Virginia governor's race he learned two years ago in Nevada. Can Democratic pollster Pete Brodnitz apply the lessons he learned in Nevada and Virginia to help the Democrats reclaim the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 24, 2006; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Insider Interview , Senate  
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