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The Fix: December 10, 2006 - December 16, 2006

The Friday Senate Line: Early Look at '08

If you needed a reminder of the paper-thin nature of the Democratic Senate majority and the importance of the 2008 elections, look no further than the furor caused by news of Sen. Tim Johnson's (D-S.D.) sudden illness followed by emergency...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 15, 2006; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (243)
Categories:  The Line  
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More Good News for Edwards in Iowa

Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards held a commanding lead over Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.) in a poll of likely Iowa caucus goers released Wednesday. The poll showed Edwards with 36 percent, Clinton with 16...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 14, 2006; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Parsing the Polls: Politics Among Least Respected Professions

It's no secret that politicians crave public approval. In fact it is an essential part the job -- lose the affection of the voters and you won't spend much time in office. But aside from the job requirement, the need...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 14, 2006; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Parsing the Polls  
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Sen. Tim Johnson Out Of Surgery

UPDATE: Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) underwent emergency brain surgery last night and was in in critical condition this morning. Johnson, 59, was taken to George Washington University Hospital Wednesday afternoon after feeling ill yesterday morning, according to a statement from...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  December 14, 2006; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Senate  
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Giuliani Enters Staff Sweepstakes

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) has hired Republican National Committee political director Mike DuHaime to lead his exploratory effort for president. The news of DuHaime's hiring comes just six days before a Giuliani fundraiser in New York...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 13, 2006; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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House Democrats Extend '06 Gains to 30 Seats

House Democrats increased their 2006 election gains to 30 seats Tuesday, with former Rep. Ciro Rodriguez's (D) surprisingly convincing victory over Rep. Henry Bonilla (R) in a runoff election in Texas's massive 23rd District. With 85 percent of the vote...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 12, 2006; 11:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  House  
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Nevada Preps for Presidential Role

In preparation for its newly influential role in the 2008 presidential nominating process (due to its Jan. 19 caucus), the Nevada Democratic Party is bringing in a team of national political operatives as advisers. Jean Hessburg, who served as the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 12, 2006; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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Texas 23rd: Another Democratic Pickup?

The 2006 election breathes perhaps its last breath today as voters head to the polls to choose between Rep. Henry Bonilla (R) and former Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D) in Texas's 23rd district. The path to today's runoff began in 2002...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 12, 2006; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  House  
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Romney Lands Another GOP Hill Insider

Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) continues to pick up staff talent from Capitol Hill, hiring Joe Wall to serve as assistant political director for his all-but-certain 2008 presidential bid. Wall was Majority Whip Roy Blunt's (R-Mo.) floor assistant during the recently...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 12, 2006; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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The Obama-Daschle Connection

When former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) announced last week that he would not run for president, he was largely ignored by the national news media. But, Daschle's decision actually has major repercussions when it comes to the candidacy...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 11, 2006; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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2008 Whale List Grows

As regular Fix readers know, we're keeping a close eye on the courtship of elite GOP fundraisers by the new crop of potential 2008 Republican presidential candidates. We're particularly interested in the wooing of Bush "Pioneers and Rangers" -- the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 11, 2006; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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