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The Fix: June 17, 2007 - June 23, 2007

The Line: Can Anyone Measure the Bloomberg Effect?

Just when you thought the 2008 presidential race couldn't get any more interesting, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg unaffiliates from the Republican Party -- further stoking speculation that he will run as an independent for president next November. Who...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 22, 2007; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (275)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , The Line  
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Wag the Blog Redux: Readers Talk Back

We asked and, as always, The Fix community answered. Nearly 300 comments were made to this week's Wag the Bog question on whether former Gov. Mitt Romney's (R-Mass.) Mormonism is a legitimate issue in the 2008 presidential campaign or not....

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 21, 2007; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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Edwards and the Electability Question

At a town hall event in Carroll, Iowa, on Sunday night, former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C) called on the audience members to take the long view when it comes to picking their next presidential nominee. Edwards, center, greets supporters Tuesday...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 21, 2007; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (239)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Wyoming Senate: And Then There Were Three

The death of Sen. Craig Thomas (R-W.Y.) has set off one of the most fascinating games of inside political baseball in recent memory. In most states governors are given almost complete authority for making appointments to fill vacancies in congressional...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 20, 2007; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Senate  
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Bloomberg Teases

Less than 24 hours after making public his decision to leave the Republican party, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a press conference ostensibly to tout the 50 millionth call made to the city's "311" customer service line. Hordes of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 20, 2007; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Parsing the Polls: Do National Surveys Matter?

Watch cable television for an hour and you're likely to hear some pundit utter the following phrase: "National polls don't matter." The pundit will usually go on to note that the presidential nominating process is a state-by-state affair, not a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 20, 2007; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  Parsing the Polls  
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Mike Bloomberg: Registered Independent

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is changing his party affiliation from "Republican" to "unaffiliated", a move certain to fuel talk that he is preparing for an independent run for president in 2008. Is today's announcement the first step toward...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 19, 2007; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Romney's New Ad: The Third Leg of the Stool

Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) is riding high at the moment with polls in places like Iowa and New Hampshire putting him at or near the top of the Republican presidential field. His quick rise is due in large part...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 19, 2007; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Wag the Blog: Romney and the Mormon Question

Over the weekend we reported that a member of Sen. Sam Brownback's (R-Kans.) Iowa campaign staff had circulated a series of anti-Mormon talking points aimed at raising questions about former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's (R) faith. On Monday Brownback called...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 19, 2007; 7:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (299)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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Obama's Higher Standard?

The kerfuffle last week over two opposition research documents sent out by Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) campaign provides a fascinating window into the challenges before the Illinois senator as he seeks his party's presidential nod. On their surface, the documents,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 18, 2007; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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PostTalk: Bob Shrum on the '08 Contenders

No political consultant is more revered or reviled in Democratic Party politics than Bob Shrum. To some, Shrum is a visionary -- helping to guide the party's agenda through election after election. To others he is a blight, the man...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 18, 2007; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Eye on 2008  
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