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The Fix: May 13, 2007 - May 19, 2007

Kerik on Giuliani

post.com's Ed O'Keefe filed the following: Bernard Kerik, the controversial former top police officer in New York City, made an unannounced appearance on MSNBC on Friday afternoon. Speaking from NBC's London bureau on Baltimore's proposed crime-fighting measures, Kerik admitted he...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  May 19, 2007; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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The Line: Rays of Hope for Senate Republicans?

Senate Republicans haven't had much to smile about in the 2008 election cycle. But over the last few weeks they've seen some positive developments in key contests like Colorado and Oregon that give should give GOP strategists at least some...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 18, 2007; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (214)
Categories:  Senate , The Line  
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Wag the Blog: Hillary's Iraq Headache?

While much of the political media's attention was focused on South Carolina and the second Republican presidential debate, the Democratic candidates were making a bit of news themselves. On Tuesday, Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) announced...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 17, 2007; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
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S.C.'s Sanford: So Far, Still on the Fence

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford (R) said Wednesday that there is both "room" and an "appetite" for alternative Republican presidential candidates, the result of a party demoralized by its showing in last November's midterm elections. "Part of the anxiety...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 17, 2007; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (146)
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GOP Debate: Winners and Losers

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Fix liveblogged the second Republican presidential debate, and after a good night's sleep we're back with a look at last night's winners and losers. Play Video post.com's Chris Cillizza and The Washington Post's Michael D. Shear...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 16, 2007; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (332)
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At Second Debate, a Few Sparks Fly

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- After a relatively sedate first debate earlier this month, the ten presidential candidates came out swinging against one another in their second showdown here tonight. The Republican presidential hopefuls gather on the debate stage Tuesday night at...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 15, 2007; 11:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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On The Use of Torture

Three shopping centers near major U.S. cities have been bombed by terrorists. A fourth attack has been thwarted and the suspects have been detained at Guantanamo Bay. A fifth (and larger attack) is rumored. What do you do? McCain went...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 15, 2007; 10:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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A High Note for Giuliani

Giuliani is always on his best footing when talking about the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and their aftermath. After Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) essentially insinuated that America had provoked those attacks, Giuliani leapt in. "That is an extraordinary...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 15, 2007; 10:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
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McCain Reaffirms Support for Immigration Reform

McCain seems committed tonight to standing by his support for comprehensive immigration reform and using that position as evidence of his willingness to lead and reach across the partisan aisle. "I intend to lead; I don't intend to follow," McCain...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 15, 2007; 10:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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A Pointed McCain-Romney Exchange

Finally, a back and forth between a few of the frontrunners. Romney used a question about illegal immigration to take a shot at McCain's bipartisan work on the issue as well as the Arizona senator's pet issue -- campaign finance...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 15, 2007; 10:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Giuliani and Abortion

Confronted by former Gov. Jim Gilmore (Va.) about his stance on abortion, Giuliani sought to repair the damage done by his confused responses on the issue in the first debate. Rudy Giuliani stood by his pro-choice views in Tuesday night's...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 15, 2007; 9:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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One Liners on Spending

Questions over economic concerns and tax cuts gave McCain and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee a chance to flash their wit. McCain recounted an e-mail from a "former drunken sailor" who rejected the comparison to free-spending members of Congress. That...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 15, 2007; 9:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hunter Details His Military Credentials

Rep. Duncan Hunter (Calif.), who won praise for his showing in the first Republican presidential debate, throws down the commander-in-chief gauntlet. Rep. Duncan Hunter talked tough on defense and border security in Tuesday night's GOP debate. (AP Photo) "One of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 15, 2007; 9:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Debate Leads Off With Iraq

The debate begins with Iraq. And, specifically, Sen. John McCain on Iraq. McCain, left, and Giuliani chat before the start of the GOP debate. (Getty Images) McCain essentially reiterated his stated position -- the war is "long," "hard," "tough" and...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  May 15, 2007; 9:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Liveblogging the GOP Debate: A Disclaimer

Before tonight's GOP presidential debate gets started, a quick disclaimer: We are live blogging this event in real time. The following posts are meant to provide a flavor for the proceedings but should not be treated like an official transcript....

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 15, 2007; 8:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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T-Minus Three Hours

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- And now we wait. There's about three more hours until the 10 Republicans take the stage here at the Kroger Center for the second presidential debate and the media filing center is starting to buzz. (For those...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 15, 2007; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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GOP Hopefuls Descend on Palmetto State

The Fix is on his way to South Carolina today for tonight's Republican presidential debate. Sponsored by Fox News Channel and moderated by anchor Brit Hume, the 90-minute debate is set to start at 9 p.m. ET. The same ten...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 15, 2007; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lieberman Helps Collect Cash for Collins

Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) is never going to win any popularity contests among his party's liberal base -- a fact he seems decidedly unconcerned about despite his 2006 Democratic primary loss to Ned Lamont. Democrats' 2000 vice-presidential nominee Joe Lieberman,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 14, 2007; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hagel Continues Flirtation With Independent Bid

For The Fix, watching Sen. Chuck Hagel's (R-Neb.) political hand-wringing is like looking at the sun -- you know it's bad for you but you just can't resist. Hagel drops more hints about his political future during an appearance Sunday...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 14, 2007; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Red, White and Voting Blue -- Where Dems Made Gains in '06

The Fix is a firm believer that only by understanding past elections can we hope to make accurate predictions about future contests. Third Way, a centrist Democratic group, has produced a study of the 2006 electorate that goes a long...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 14, 2007; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Democratic Party  
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