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The Fix: July 15, 2007 - July 21, 2007

Understanding Ames

The Ames Straw poll is now just 22 days away. This beauty contest for candidates is being viewed as a major political event, even though Rudy Giuliani and John McCain have bowed out and Fred Thompson probably won't participate. As...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 20, 2007; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Friday Senate Line

The second-quarter fundraising reports provided lots of good news for Senate Democrats who are already decidedly optimistic about their chances of expanding their majority in 2008. Democratic Reps. Mark Udall (Colo.) and Tom Allen (Me.) both raised more than $1...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 20, 2007; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (241)
Categories:  Senate , The Line  
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The Thompson Effect

Ever since former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) floated the idea of a presidential candidacy earlier this year, we've been grappling with where he fits in the field. We've talked to any number of Republican strategists -- both those working for...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 19, 2007; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McCain on the Mend?

After enduring a week of staff departures and negative news coverage, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) huddled with his supporters on Capitol Hill yesterday to ensure them that his presidential campaign remains viable. Two separate memos were distributed to help McCain...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 19, 2007; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
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Tooting Democrats' Horn

For the last few months Democratic strategists have been privately fretting that a relative dearth of legislative accomplishments over the first six months of the 110th Congress could damage their electoral prospects next November. Enter Americans United for Change, an...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 19, 2007; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  Democratic Party  
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Wag the Blog Redux: The Assault on Reason

Last week we asked the Fix community to respond to Sen. Dick Durbin's comments on the ongoing Iraq debate in Congress. Although Durbin called a troop withdrawal date "a worthy goal," he stressed that "it is not a realistic goal."...

By Washington Post editors  |  July 18, 2007; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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PostTalk: Edwards Dismisses Haircut, Hedge Fund Critics

When The Post's Dan Balz and I sat down with former Sen. John Edwards yesterday in Cleveland, the former North Carolina Senator was in the midst of a three-day poverty tour designed to re-affirm his commitment to the issue in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 18, 2007; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Edwards Takes His Poverty Tour to Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) poverty tour stopped here today for a noontime event highlighting the dangers of predatory lenders. Moriah Crenshaw, who is in the midst of a fight for ownership of a house in which...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 17, 2007; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fundraising Winners and Losers

The Fix spent much of the weekend -- yes, I know I am a political dork -- scouring hundreds of financial filings by incumbents and candidates for the House and Senate. Fundraising strength is the best early indicator of candidates'...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 17, 2007; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
Categories:  Odds and Ends  
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Cleveland Bound ... for a Date With Edwards

The Fix was up earlier than any person rightfully should be this morning to catch a flight to Cleveland, where yours truly and Washington Post national politics reporter Dan Balz will interview Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards for washingtonpost.com's PostTalk...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 17, 2007; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mitt's Many Metaphors

Former Gov. Mitt Romney's (R-Mass.) new ad portrays America's children as adrift in an ocean of vulgarity, pornography and drugs and alcohol (view the ad at our Channel '08 blog). "I'm deeply troubled about the culture that surrounds our kids...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 16, 2007; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (118)
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More Departures From McCain '08

In a widely expected move, Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) press department resigned en masse today. Communications director Brian Jones stepped down, along with deputies Matt David and Danny Diaz. Research director Brian Rogers and South Carolina McCain spokesman Adam Temple...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 16, 2007; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
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Bill Richardson: Slowly But Surely

Much of the attention today will be focused on the detailed financial reports filed by the Big Three in the Democratic field -- Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards. With the focus on the "top tier" New Mexico...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 16, 2007; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
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