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The Fix: May 21, 2006 - May 27, 2006

The Friday Line: House Playing Field Expands for Dems

When the 2006 cycle started, talk of a Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives was dismissed by most political professionals. With Republicans sitting on a 15-seat majority, there simply didn't appear to be enough seats that would be truly...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 26, 2006; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  House , The Line  
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Obama Staff Move Prompts Renewed '08 Speculation

Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) has brought on two nationally known Democratic consultants as advisers in recent weeks, prompting renewed speculation that the freshman senator may be considering a 2008 White House run. Sen. Barack Obama (AP) Anita Dunn, a partner...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 25, 2006; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Senate  
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Democracy Alliance Follow-up: Iraq War Dust-up

The Fix can now identify the liberal campaign donor who engaged in verbal fisticuffs with former President Bill Clinton last weekend at a private gathering in Texas -- Guy T. Saperstein, a civil rights attorney from Oakland, Calif. (See this...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  May 25, 2006; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Democratic Party  
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Clinton Crashes Democracy Alliance

The behind-the-scenes group of elite Democratic donors known as the Democracy Alliance met in Austin, Texas, last weekend to discuss plans to finance the construction of a progressive political infrastructure. Former president Clinton (Reuters) The highlight of the gathering (or...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 25, 2006; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
Categories:  Democratic Party  
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The Fix Podcast: Interview With Mike Huckabee

The Fix's Chris Cillizza and chief Washington Post political reporter Dan Balz sat down with Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to talk about the governor's views on politics and faith, as well as his plans for 2008. Download/Listen to the interview...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 24, 2006; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Insider Interview  
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Club For Growth Chalks Up More Wins

May seems to be the Club For Growth's month. The Washington, D.C.-based political organization, which is dedicated to supporting laissez faire capitalism, has scored a slew of GOP primary victories so far this month. It began in Ohio on May...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 24, 2006; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  House , Republican Party , Senate  
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Parsing the Polls: 2006 -- A Bush Referendum?

It's no secret that many Republicans running for office in 2006 have been making themselves scarce when President George W. Bush comes through their states. Given the president's dismal job-approval numbers, that strategy probably makes good political sense. But slipping...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 24, 2006; 7:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors , House , Parsing the Polls , Senate  
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Chris Dodd's White House Surprise

Catching much of the political world by surprise, Sen. Chris Dodd said Monday he is taking the steps to run for president in 2008, a move that makes the Connecticut Democrat the sixth senator from his party to float a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 23, 2006; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Eye on 2008  
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Mike Huckabee: Placing Faith in a Hopeful Message

Yes, that Mike Huckabee: The Arkansas governor who went from fat to fit, from munching to marathoning, from political unknown to a man profiled by the nation's leading news organizations. Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he isn't interested in separating his...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 23, 2006; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Insider Interview , Republican Party  
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Conn. Senate: Lieberman's Primary Fight Getting More Interesting

Heading into last weekend's Democratic Party convention in Connecticut, there was little doubt among political insiders that wealthy businessman Ned Lamont would qualify for the Aug. 8 primary ballot to take on Sen. Joe Lieberman (D). But the challenger's strong...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 22, 2006; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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John Kerry's (New) Political Guru

Since losing the 2004 presidential election, John Kerry has largely kept intact the political team that guided him in that race. But a new face has emerged as an influential strategist in Kerry's universe -- Ed Reilly, a polling and...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 22, 2006; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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