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The Fix: December 30, 2007 - January 5, 2008

Democratic Debate: Edwards Backs Up Obama

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) cast off the magnanimous, above-the-fray approach she had used up until now in the campaign, aggressively challenging Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) and former Sen. John Edwards (N.C.) over which of the three...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 5, 2008; 10:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (137)
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The Democratic Debate: Clinton on the Attack

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) took the fight to Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) in the first 45 minutes of the Democratic debate here tonight over alleged inconsistencies in his record, but then watched as that effort was...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 5, 2008; 9:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Republican Debate: The Roundup

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Former governor Mitt Romney (Mass.) came under repeated assault from his rivals for the nomination in tonight's Republican debate, creating a gang-up effect that made it difficult for him to score the points he needed to make...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 5, 2008; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Republican Debate: The First Half

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Sitting in what moderator Charlie Gibson described as a "semi circular dining room table," former governors Mike Huckabee (Ark.) and Mitt Romney (Mass.) battled one another over their respective records and past public statements -- an exchange...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 5, 2008; 7:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Preview: Doubled Stakes at Tonight's Debates

UPDATE, 6:20 p.m.: Two new independent polls show that New Hampshire remains a very tight race between Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.). In the Concord Monitor/Research 2000 poll, Obama leads 34 percent to 33 percent for...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 5, 2008; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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Obama: The Movement Has Begun

NASHUA, N.H. -- The line snaked for at least a half mile from the entrance of Nashua North High School. The first people in it had arrived at 7:30 a.m. -- two-and-a-half hours before Barack Obama was scheduled to start...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 5, 2008; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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FixCam: Romney's Post-Iowa Message

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By Chris Cillizza  |  January 5, 2008; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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The Fix Does Manchester

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- The Fix landed earlier tonight in the Queen City and managed to catch an event for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney before calling it a night. To borrow a phrase from comic Yakov Smirnoff -- the best,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 4, 2008; 11:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Shattered Predictions AND T-Shirts!

Yesterday, we asked unaffiliated political operatives to offer their predictions about the first, second and third-place finishers for both Democrats and Republicans in the Iowa caucus. We also asked the political pros to give us their best guess on the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 4, 2008; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Friday Line: Next Stop New Hampshire

Iowa changes everything. Or maybe not. The meaning of the stunning -- and surprisingly large -- victories by Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) in Iowa last night are still being debated as the political world moves on...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 4, 2008; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Iowa Caucuses: The Fix's First Take

The Iowa caucuses are over. In the end, Mike Huckabee (R) and Barack Obama (D) chalked up convincing wins. Barack Obama greets diners at a food court in the Kaleidoscope Hub shopping center January 3 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Getty...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 3, 2008; 11:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (140)
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Obama Wins Iowa

Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) secured victory in the Iowa Democratic caucuses, a stunning affirmation of his message of change and a stinging setback to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) -- the long time national frontrunner. Clinton called Obama to concede....

By Washington Post editors  |  January 3, 2008; 9:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Iowa Caucuses -- Prediction Time!

After all of the waiting and anticipating, Iowa caucus day is here! The Fix will be writing a constantly updating news story throughout the late afternoon and evening on washingtonpost.com, which we will be cross-publishing in this space. (The stories...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 3, 2008; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (223)
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FixCam: Three Questions for the Caucuses

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By Chris Cillizza  |  January 2, 2008; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (139)
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McCain To Begin Advertising in Michigan

Buoyed by new poll numbers in New Hampshire that show him at the verge of victory, Sen. John McCain will take to the television airwaves in Michigan on Friday as he seeks to build his own path to the Republican...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 2, 2008; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Fix Picks: What if Iowa Changes Nothing?

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Seated in the airport today at 5:45 a.m. local time -- waiting to head back to Washington after a whirlwind tour of the state the last few days -- the Fix got caught up on some...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 2, 2008; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Mitt vs. Mike -- The Final Countdown

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- "Let's have some fun," said former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee last night from the stage of the Val Air Ballroom, a bass guitar slung over his trademark red sweater and a motley crew -- including...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 2, 2008; 7:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (206)
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Edwards Continues to Amp Up The Rhetoric

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By Chris Cillizza  |  January 1, 2008; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Clinton Pitches Her Experience; Disputes Register Poll

AMES, Iowa -- In her first event of 2008, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton drew deeply on her accomplishments both in and out of office as she sought to make the case that she alone has the requisite experience to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 1, 2008; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (113)
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Edwards's Closing Ad

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards will close his Iowa campaign with an ad featuring an emotional appeal from an unemployed Maytag employee named Doug Bishop. The 60-second commercial will run statewide during the 5:30 news...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 1, 2008; 7:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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FixCam: New Year's Edition

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By Chris Cillizza  |  December 31, 2007; 7:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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72 Hours Out: Where Things Stand

DES MOINES, Iowa -- With Iowans set to caucus roughly 72 hours from now, uncertainty remains the name of the game. The Democratic race continues to come down to Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama and former senator John...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 31, 2007; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Bill Clinton: A Preacher Against Gambling

CARLISLE, Iowa -- Former president Bill Clinton, cautioning an audience here Sunday night that the next president will almost certainly face a major, unforeseen event within the first 18 months of taking office, said his wife alone has been tested...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 31, 2007; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Rep. Wicker Is Barbour's Choice

UPDATED, 12:30 p.m. ET: Mississippi Republican Rep. Roger Wicker today was named by Gov. Haley Barbour to fill Trent Lott's Senate seat. Sources inside the state's Republican Party had leaked the news earlier today. Wicker will serve until November when...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 31, 2007; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Obama Fires Back at Edwards

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By Chris Cillizza  |  December 30, 2007; 8:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
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Edwards: A Black and White Perspective

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The Fix Makes Des Moines (Finally)

DES MOINES -- The Fix -- as regular readers know -- is a collector of facts and figures. So, here's a few from the trip from D.C. to Des Moines yesterday that we thought you might enjoy (since we certainly...

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