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The Fix: April 22, 2007 - April 28, 2007

Frying Fish, Pressing Flesh

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- People hoisted cell phones high in the air, looking for a clear shot. Blinding lights from television cameras scoped about. The noise level went from loud to LOUD. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) had arrived at Rep. Jim...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 28, 2007; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Margolis Joins Obama's Campaign

Sen. Barack Obama has hired Jim Margolis as a senior strategist for his presidential campaign, tasking Margolis with playing a lead role in the creation and development of the Illinois Democrat's media strategy. The news, rumors of which were first...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 27, 2007; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Democratic Debate: Winners and Losers

ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- Even before the first Democratic presidential debate ended last night, the spin had begun. Advisers and allies to each of the candidates touted their guy's (or gal's) best moment while downplaying any perceived slip. Less publicly, they...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 27, 2007; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Democrats Focused Their Fire on Bush

The first Democratic presidential debate was largely a polite affair as the candidates chose to turn their rhetorical fire on President Bush rather than each other. The pointed moments were occasional and usually involved the two longest shots in the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 26, 2007; 8:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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First Direct Confrontation

With just ten minutes left in the debate, we had our first direct confrontation of the night -- between Obama and Rep. Dennis Kucinich (Ohio). Rep. Dennis Kucinich, at far left, applauds with fellow candidates Biden, Richardson and Clinton. (AP)...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 26, 2007; 8:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Clinton Talking Tough

If viewers had doubts about whether Hillary Rodham Clinton was tough enough to lead the country in a dangerous world, she sought to erase them just now. From left to right: Sens. Biden, Obama and Clinton at the Democrats' debate...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 26, 2007; 8:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Soul-Searching During the Debate

The soul-searching continues at the South Carolina Democratic presidential debate. Brian Williams asked each candidate to admit the biggest mistake they had made in the past four years. Obama's answer was the most intriguing -- citing his decision to leave...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 26, 2007; 8:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Edwards Draws Sharpest Contrasts

Edwards continues to come the closest to drawing outright contrasts with his rivals. During the debate, Edwards, at left, talked about health care to draw sharp distinctions with the other candidates. (Getty Images) Asked about health care, Edwards said he...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 26, 2007; 7:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Questions the Candidates Don't Want to Hear

After dispensing with the Iraq question (at least for the moment), NBC's Brian Williams started in on the "elephant in the room" as he called it -- the one subject that each of the candidates didn't want to talk about....

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 26, 2007; 7:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Democrats' Debate Opens on the War

The debate began at 7 p.m. ET as many people had hoped -- on the war in Iraq. The eight Democratic presidential candidates on the stage in Orangeburg, S.C. (Reuters) The first question went to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.)....

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 26, 2007; 7:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Setting the Stage: The First Democratic Presidential Debate

ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls have gathered here for their first debate of the 2008 primary campaign. The Fix is here -- live-blogging the key exchanges, best one-liners and outstanding performances. While we're still months before any actual...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 26, 2007; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (176)
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PostTalk: Sam Waterston & Angus King of Unity '08

Earlier today, I sat down with "Law and Order" star Sam Waterston and former Maine Gov. Angus King (I) as part of a new washingtonpost.com series called PostTalk, where we interview politicians, pundits and other newsmakers. VIDEO: PostTalk host Chris...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 25, 2007; 10:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Getting to 60 in the Senate

Controlling 60 seats is the holy grail in the Senate. It allows the majority party to block filibusters from the minority and truly run the chamber. The last time a party held 60 or more seats was three decades ago...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 25, 2007; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Parsing the Polls: How Much Does Corruption Count?

Remember the "culture of corruption" mantra House Democrats used against the GOP in the runup to the 2006 election? Look for it to re-appear in 2008. In the past week, two Republican Members of Congress -- Reps. John Doolittle (Calif.)...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 25, 2007; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Parsing the Polls  
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Fix Picks: Edwards and Obama Under the Microscope

In the newspaper business there are stories and then there are STORIES. Many daily pieces simply catalog an event. In political journalism that may mean covering a speech given by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) or a new energy plan laid...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 24, 2007; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McCain Campaign Replaces Finance Director

After logging a disappointing fundraising haul in the first quarter, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has decided to make a change at the top of his campaign's finance operation. Carla Eudy, a longtime fundraising consultant for McCain, has been moved out...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 24, 2007; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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John McCain, Serious Candidate

If Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is having fun in his second run for president, he sure has a strange way of showing it. John McCain on Monday addressed a Washington think tank about the issue of energy security. (Getty Images)...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 24, 2007; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
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Romney Campaign Update: Comstock Staying Put

Contrary to a report on a New Hampshire-based political blog, a top aide to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is not jumping ship in favor of Fred Thompson, the former Tennessee senator thought to be considering his own White House...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 23, 2007; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Inner Circle  
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GOP Hopes Reid's Iraq Views Will Pay Off in Key '08 Senate Races

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) loves to make mention of the fact that he is a former boxer who loves political combat. Will Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's comments about Iraq wind up hurting Sen. Mary Landrieu, above, and...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 23, 2007; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
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Global Warming Catches On

In expectation of the first Democratic presidential debate Thursday in Orangeburg, South Carolina, the League of Conservation Voters is launching an ad campaign on global warming. The ad, which began airing in the Columbia, Charleston, and Washington, D.C. markets last...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 23, 2007; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (147)
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France: It's Sarkozy vs. Royal

French voters turned out in droves for Sunday's presidential election, but the high number of voters didn't affect the expected results: Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal advanced to a second round of voting. Sarkozy, who hails from the same center-right...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 22, 2007; 6:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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