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The Fix: May 11, 2008 - May 17, 2008

Knesset Kerfuffle Shows Obama Not Afraid to Engage

President George W. Bush's comments at the Israeli Knesset yesterday, in which he blasted as "appeasers" anyone who favors talking with rogue states like Iran or radical groups like Hamas, set off a furious back and forth between the Obama...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 16, 2008; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (270)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Friday Line: How Many Seats Will Dems Gain in the Senate?

A combination of the unending Democratic presidential race (which now appears at an end) and the special election woes of House Republicans have combined to push 2008's U.S. Senate races to the back burner. But they've not been forgotten by...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 16, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate , The Line  
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McCain's Age (Again)

Even as the debate over whether Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) age -- he will be 72 on Election Day 2008 -- is a legitimate campaign issue rages on, a group of Democratic operatives are out with a campaign jingle that...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 15, 2008; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (198)
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FixCam: McCain and the Republicans' Woes

Two interesting things have happened over the last month that threaten to drastically reshape the political landscape for the fall. First, Republicans lost their second and third special elections of the cycle in congressional districts that gave President George...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 15, 2008; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
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Democratic Media Group Ditches Ad Effort

Progressive Media USA, the group organized to be the main soft-money advertising vehicle for Democrats in the fall, will dramatically scale back its efforts in deference to the wishes of the party's presumptive nominee. "Progressive Media will not be running...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 15, 2008; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Democratic Party  
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Is Clinton Right That She's the Stronger Candidate?

"I am in this race because I believe I am the strongest candidate. ... The White House is won in the swing states and I am winning the swing states." -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) during her victory speech...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 15, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (523)
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The Edwards Endorsement: What It Means

Former Sen. John Edwards (N.C.) decision to endorse Sen.Barack Obama's (Ill.) presidential candidacy is sure to draw wall-to-wall media coverage over the next 12 hours or so. Barack Obama, right, is joined by former Democratic presidential hopeful, John Edwards, at...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 14, 2008; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Edwards to Endorse Obama

Former Sen. John Edwards (N.C.) will endorse Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) tonight in Grand Rapids, Michigan, ending a long period of neutrality for the two-time presidential candidate and giving the Illinois senator another boost of momentum as he draws ever...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 14, 2008; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Winners and Losers: Of Mountaineers and Magnolias

Another primary night is in the books. But for once, it was a House race -- a special election in Mississippi -- not the presidential contest that served to surprise. Hillary Rodham Clinton won a massive -- albeit expected --...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 14, 2008; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , House , Senate  
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What Does It Mean: Miss. Special Election

This is the first installment of a new occasional, collaborative feature between The Fix and Capitol Briefing. When interesting political news happens, we'll exchange a series of e-mails offering (we hope) trenchant analysis of "what it means" along with some...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 14, 2008; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Next Moves for Team Obama

Hillary Rodham Clinton's convincing victory over Barack Obama Tuesday in West Virginia's Democratic primary virtually ensures that she will remain in the race through the formal end of the nomination fight in June, despite her decidedly long odds of winning...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 14, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (274)
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Clinton: Not Going Anywhere Anytime Soon

Following Sen. Hillary Clinton's (N.Y.) convincing victory tonight in West Virginia she delivered a defiant speech in which she insisted that the outcome of the Democratic nomination fight remained very much in doubt. "I am more determined than ever to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 13, 2008; 11:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (209)
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Democrat Wins Mississippi Special Election

House Democrats won a conservative northern Mississippi House seat in a special election tonight, a victory certain to send shock waves through the ranks of congressional GOPers. The Associated Press called the race for Prentiss County Chancery Clerk Travis Childers...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 13, 2008; 10:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
Categories:  House  
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Clinton Wins West Va.

UPDATE, 7:35 pm: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has won a convincing victory over Sen. Barack Obama in West Virginia, a win blunted somewhat by the steady stream of superdelegates coming out in favors of the Illinois Senator over the last...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 13, 2008; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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McCain vs Obama: By the Numbers

The Democratic presidential nomination fight continues on without end, but attention is beginning to shift to the prospects of a general election battle between Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.) and John McCain (Ariz.). A new poll conducted by the Washington Post...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 13, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
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West Virginia Primary Predictions!

Down about the fact that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) remains in the Democratic presidential race despite Sen. Barack Obama's status as the presumptive nominee? Look on the bright side: the longer Clinton stays in the race, the more official...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 13, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (318)
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Fix Pick: Crowley on Why Clinton Stays

Even as pundits everywhere declare the race for the Democratic presidential nomination effectively over, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) -- and her husband, former President Bill Clinton -- continue to soldier on with packed travel schedules that belie no...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 12, 2008; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
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Obama Turns to the General Election

Although Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) continues to insist that his race against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) is not yet over, his travel schedule over the next two weeks suggests that his campaign is already in the process of pivoting...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 12, 2008; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (401)
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Week in Preview: North Mississippi All Star Race

It's been quite some time since the Democratic presidential race took a back seat to the battle for control of Congress but with Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) the presumptive nominee the focus of the political world will shift south...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 12, 2008; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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