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The Fix: April 6, 2008 - April 12, 2008

Assessing the Fallout: Obama and 'Bitter' Pa. Voters

Barack Obama's presidential campaign continued its damage control effort Saturday afternoon, arranging a conference call for reporters to try to tamp down the uproar over the candidate's off-the-cuff remarks about working-class voters. "I don't think I would use the same...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 12, 2008; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (553)
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A Do-Over in Vegas

The Nevada presidential caucuses are now a distant memory for most political junkies. But in Clark County, which includes the city of Las Vegas, Democrats are set to gather today to try to sort out exactly what happened on Jan....

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 12, 2008; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Republicans Quickly Pounce on Obama Remarks

UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: Tonight during an appearance in Terre Haute, Indiana, Sen. Barack Obama directly addressed the growing controversy surrounding remarks he made about Pennsylvania voters. "I was in San Francisco talking to a group at a fundraiser and somebody...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 11, 2008; 9:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (703)
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Clinton Dispatches Husband's Aide to Montana

In a sign that she is planning to stay in the presidential nomination fight until the bitter end, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) has dispatched a top aide to Montana to manage her campaign in that state's June 3 primary....

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 11, 2008; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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'PostTalk' Turns One!

One year ago today, washingtonpost.com launched "PostTalk," a web video interview program with politicians, strategists and other newsmakers. Our first guest was Sen. Joseph Biden (Del.), the veteran Democrat who was mounting his very long-shot bid for his party's presidential...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 11, 2008; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Line: The Eyes of Texas Shine on House GOP

House Republicans, desperate for good news in an election cycle that appears to be going from bad to worse, won a rare victory earlier this week when Pete Olson, former chief of staff to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), crushed former...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 11, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
Categories:  House , The Line  
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Dean Rules Out Age As An Issue (Sort Of)

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Thursday that his party is unlikely to make Sen. John McCain's age an issue in the fall presidential election. The Arizona Republican will be 72 in August. "I doubt we will bring it...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 10, 2008; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
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FixCam: Elton John Raises $2.5 Million for HRC

Last night in New York City, pop icon Elton John held a concert that raised upwards of $2.5 million for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (N.Y.) presidential campaign. (Politico's Ben Smith was in attendance and offers a blow-by-blow of the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 10, 2008; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (177)
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Special Elections Present Peril for House GOP

Special elections are the least predictable of all political contests due to the vagaries of off-schedule turnout, the circumstances that caused the open seat, and the impact of the national political environment. Republicans learned that lesson the hard way last...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 10, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clinton Hits Obama on Pennsylvania Radio

UPDATE, 5:35 pm: Newly-installed Obama spokesman Hari Sevugan responded to the new Clinton ad thusly: "Just like her last tall tale about dodging sniper fire in Bosnia, Senator Clinton has misfired with her latest negative ad." Oh snap! ORIGINAL POST...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 9, 2008; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (135)
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Andrews Unfazed by N.J. 'Power Structure'

In the days since Rep. Rob Andrews announced that he would challenge Sen. Frank Lautenberg in New Jersey's Democratic Senate primary, the party establishment in the Garden State has done everything it can to make clear that the congressman should...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 9, 2008; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Senate  
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Pelosi Pooh-Poohs the 'Dream Ticket' (Again)

UPDATE, 5:30 pm: VoteBoth, an Internet-based petition campaign started by a former aide to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign to advocate for a shared ticket, released a statement vehemently disagreeing with Pelosi's comments. "I have the greatest respect for...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 9, 2008; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (245)
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Democratic Soft Money Group Ramps Up

The Fund for America, a political organization aligned with several major players in Democratic politics, has raised better than $11 million -- largely from wealthy individuals -- since its inception last November and doled out nearly half that sum to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 9, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fix Pick: Who is Michelle Obama?

Amid the non-stop coverage of the Democratic presidential race, one figure has largely been overlooked: Michelle Obama. The oversight is easy to understand. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, are larger than life figures...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 8, 2008; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Condi for Veep? Not So Fast

UPDATE, 2:15 pm: The Post's Glenn Kessler, who covers the State Department for the paper and has authored "The Confidante: Condoleezza Rice and and the Creation of the Bush Legacy", sets The Fix straight about Rice's past interest in elected...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 8, 2008; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (189)
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Obama Prepares for Fight With McCain

Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) is broadening his communications staff in order to deal with the two-front war in which he currently finds himself. The Illinois senator is caught between a lingering primary fight with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 8, 2008; 6:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
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Elizabeth Edwards Joins Center for American Progress

Former senator John Edwards (N.C.) remains on the political sidelines but that isn't stopping his wife, Elizabeth, from rejoining the fray as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Elizabeth Edwards will be dealing with health care issues...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 7, 2008; 8:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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FixCam: The Clinton Staff Shuffle

The decision by Mark Penn to step down from his post as chief strategist for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (N.Y.) campaign is a big news story sure to dominate the political coverage for at least the early part of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 7, 2008; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Penn Is Out As Clinton's Chief Strategist

UPDATE -- 9:40 p.m. While the news of chief political strategist Mark J. Penn's abrupt departure from Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign this evening took many in the Democratic political world by surprise, talk soon turned to how the move would...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 6, 2008; 7:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (185)
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SNL on Clinton Tax Returns

Saturday Night Live was back, um, live again last night. And, as they have done throughout the campaign season, the cast offered their own, unique send up of the news of the week -- in this case the fact that...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 6, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
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People's Choice for McCain's VP

As we noted last week, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) let word slip that the search for his ticket mate is underway. Given that backdrop -- and that The Fix is somewhat obsessed with the veepstakes -- a new poll done...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 6, 2008; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
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