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The Fix: June 24, 2007 - June 30, 2007

The Line: GOP Hopes to 'ROMP' Its Way Back to House Majority

Earlier this week The Fix got his hands on the yet-to-be-released ROMP (Regain Our Majority Program) list -- a sort of insider's tip sheet to GOP House incumbents who are thought by party strategists to be at risk of losing...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 29, 2007; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House , The Line  
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Democratic Debate Roundup

Tonight's Democratic debate at Howard University was more a series of mini stump speeches than an actual give and take between the candidates. The two leading candidates -- Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.) -- nicely distinguished...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 28, 2007; 10:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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The Debate (And First Round Draft) End

The debate has ended. We'll have a roundup post up shortly. And -- almost simultaneously -- the first round of the NBA draft came to a close. The steal of the round? Jared Dudley, who was drafted 22nd by the...

By Eric Pianin  |  June 28, 2007; 10:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Clinton and Obama : Very Different Approaches

An interesting dichotomy is emerging in the responses of Clinton and Obama to the questions asked by moderator Tavis Smiley and the panel of reporters. Clinton has repeatedly emphasized what she has worked to accomplish while in the Senate. On...

By Eric Pianin  |  June 28, 2007; 10:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama Has a Nice Moment, Too

Speaking of nice moments, Obama showed his ease in the debate a few minutes ago. After Sen. Joe Biden (Del.) said that both he and Obama had been tested for AIDS, Obama jumped in to note that he had been...

By Eric Pianin  |  June 28, 2007; 10:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Clinton on AIDS

One of the last candidates asked to answer the question about the problem of HIV in the black community, Sen. Clinton just had a nice moment. She said that if AIDS was the leading cause of death among white women...

By Eric Pianin  |  June 28, 2007; 10:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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First "Paris Hilton" Reference

So far, 22 picks have been made in the draft. Nearly one third of those chosen come from either Florida (Horford, Brewer, Noah) and Ohio State (Oden, Conley, Cook) -- the two teams who played for the national title. Having...

By Eric Pianin  |  June 28, 2007; 9:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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On the Link Between Education and Poverty

On a question on the connection between education and poverty, the candidates attempted to outdo one another when it came to their commitments to the issue. Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) started the trend, noting that he had reformed education in...

By Eric Pianin  |  June 28, 2007; 9:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Candidates address issue of race

The debate opens on race and Sen. Clinton gets the first swing at the question. She referenced the progress that has been made on race by pointing out that on the stage tonight are an African American, a Latino and...

By Eric Pianin  |  June 28, 2007; 9:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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The Debate is About to Begin

We're minutes away from the start of the Democratic presidential debate even as the NBA Draft enters the middle of the first round. In the 24 hours leading up to tonight's debate, the campaigns of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.)...

By Eric Pianin  |  June 28, 2007; 8:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Debate and Draft Preview

Two of The Fix's favorite things converge tonight: politics and basketball. The NBA Draft begins at 7 pm on ESPN; the third Democratic debate of the campaign from Howard University is on PBS at 9. Needless to say, we'll be...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 28, 2007; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wag the Blog: Coulter vs Edwards

Is it appropriate for us to write about the Ann Coulter - John Edwards fight? We believe it is. Whatever you may think of the controversy, it has become a factor in Edwards's run for the presidency and dealing with...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 28, 2007; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fix Picks: A Romney Rundown

With former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) rising in polls in Iowa and New Hampshire (and claiming the number one slot on the Friday Presidential Line), it was only a matter of time before some newspaper offered up a detailed look...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 27, 2007; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fix Picks  
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Fred Thompson -- Latest Candidate in the YouTube Cross Hairs

On the eve of former Sen. Fred Thompson's (R-Tenn.) sort-of formal entry into the presidential race today, an e-mail arrived in The Fix's inbox. It was from someone calling himself "prochoicefred" and offered a link to this YouTube video: Amateurish?...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 27, 2007; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Parsing the Polls: Bloomberg's Impact?

Anyone who has picked up a newspaper or watched television in the last week is well aware of the speculation surrounding a possible presidential run by New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. After announcing his departure from the Republican Party...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 27, 2007; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Parsing the Polls  
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Edwards Looks Beyond Iowa

Former Sen. John Edwards's (D-N.C.) decision to take to the airwaves in New Hampshire is the most tangible sign yet that his campaign is seeking to change the perception that he is pinning his presidential hopes primarily on Iowa. Following...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 26, 2007; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Huckabee: Eating His Soup Quietly

For the last several months, the conventional wisdom surrounding former Gov. Mike Huckabee's (R-Ark.) presidential bid is that while the candidate is among the best, the campaign organization is among the worst. Huckabee has stood out in each of the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 26, 2007; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Obama's On the Air in Iowa

We've been wondering for a while when Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) would start spending some of the piles of money his campaign has collected. Now, we've got our answer. Obama is set to launch the first two ads of his...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 25, 2007; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Republicans' Fundraising Peril

Lost amid the focus on presidential fundraising in the final week of the second quarter was the release of financial figures for the first five months of the year by the four congressional committees. The numbers are -- frankly --...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 25, 2007; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Odds and Ends  
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Bloomberg Inner Circle

The buzz around New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's potential independent presidential candidacy continues to grow. Talk of a Bloomberg bid was rife on the Sunday talk shows, kicking off another week of speculation about his future plans. As always...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 24, 2007; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Inner Circle  
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