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The Fix: June 22, 2008 - June 28, 2008

Simmons To DNC

Jamal Simmons, a regular presence on cable television, is joining the Democratic National Committee as a communications consultant -- the latest in a series of moves to install loyalists of Barack Obama within the national party organization. Simmons will be...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 28, 2008; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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FixCam: Who Won the Week?

Another week in political Washington has ended. But, don't despair! Because if it's Friday, it's time for "Who Won the Week?" -- the game where we ask Fixistas to put on their analyst hats (or helmets, if you prefer)...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 27, 2008; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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The Case Against Hillary Rodham Clinton

The unity huddle today in Unity (get it?), New Hampshire, between Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton is sure to stir talk of the so-called "Dream Ticket." Earlier this week we argued the case for Clinton to be picked as...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 27, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Veepstakes  
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The Line: Sorting Out the Presidential Playing Field

Less than five months remain before the November election and slowly but surely the outlines of the national playing field are coming into focus. var statesmap = new SWFObject("http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/interactives/campaign08/statesmap.swf", "statesmap", "290", "240", "8", "#ffffff"); statesmap.addVariable("stateList", "co,fl,ia,mi,nh,nm,nv,pa,oh,va"); statesmap.addParam("wmode","transparent"); statesmap.addParam("AllowScriptAccess", "Always"); statesmap.write("resultstatesmap");...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 27, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (113)
Categories:  The Line  
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New Senate Polls: Udall, Coleman Lead

While the focus of the new battleground polls conducted for washingtonpost.com is rightly on the presidential race, there are also interesting data in them regarding Senate races in Minnesota and Colorado. Highlights From Survey There's a bit of good news...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 26, 2008; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Senate  
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Analysis: The Politics of the Gun Decision

Today's Supreme Court decision overturning the District of Columbia's ban on handguns this morning is dominating the headlines. But does it have political consequences? Yes and no. There's little doubt that in the last few years Democrats on a national...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 26, 2008; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Battlegrounds Poll: The Bill Clinton 'Problem'

One of the most interesting findings from polls conducted in the battleground states of Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Colorado is the significant number of people -- including a surprising share of Democrats and independents -- who believe that former president...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 26, 2008; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
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Obama Leads in Four Battleground States

Barack Obama leads John McCain in four key battleground states, according to new survey conducted by Quinnipiac University for washingtonpost.com and the Wall Street Journal. Obama leads 49 percent to 44 percent in Colorado and 48 percent to 42 percent...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 26, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Battlegrounds , Eye on 2008  
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Dem-Aligned Fund For America To Close Its Doors

The Fund For America, a Democratic-aligned group organized to disburse contributions from wealthy individuals to progressive organizations, will close its doors Thursday. The announcement is expected to be made tomorrow; the decision will be attributed to the difficult environment for...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 25, 2008; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Ad Wars: Gordon Smith Throws In With Obama

An embattled incumbent tying himself to presidential nominee is nothing new in politics. But it's usually the case that the presidential nominee being latched onto is actually of the same political party. Not so in Sen. Gordon Smith's (R-Ore.) latest...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 25, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clinton: Retire My Debt!

Even as Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton plan for their first joint appearance of the general election campaign on Friday, the New York senator is beginning a formal push to erase the substantial debt accrued during the primaries. In...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 25, 2008; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Case for Hillary Clinton

There is no person on either side of the veepstakes more speculated about than Hillary Rodham Clinton. And, with Clinton and Barack Obama set to appear together twice in the next two days -- tomorrow at a D.C. fundraiser, Friday...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 25, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (406)
Categories:  Veepstakes  
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Democrats Try to Close 'God' Gap

Burns Strider, a former senior aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign, has opened his own consulting shop with the goal of bridging the gap between faith and values voters and the Democratic party. "By communicating shared values and delivering...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 24, 2008; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Democratic Party  
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Can Iraq Sink Obama?

Could positive developments on the ground in Iraq force Barack Obama to reconsider his position on the war in Iraq? And, if so, how would such a reconsideration impact the current dynamic between Obama and John McCain? A Saturday front...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 24, 2008; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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Charlie Black and the 'Terror' Card

UPDATE, 10:15 a.m.: Proving that they believe they can fight and beat Republicans on the issue of terrorism, Barack Obama's campaign held a conference call this morning featuring Richard Ben-Veniste, a member of the 9/11 Commission. On the call, Ben-Veniste...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 24, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (194)
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Race Matters (Or Does It)?

Regular Fix readers know that we have spent quite a bit of time trying to understand the degree to which Barack Obama's race is a factor in the general election campaign to come. As we noted in a recent post,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 23, 2008; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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McCain's Crucial 73 Days

The coverage of Barack Obama's decision last week to forego public financing for the general election centered on the fact that the Illinois senator is almost certain to have a considerable spending edge in the fall campaign over John McCain....

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 23, 2008; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (161)
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FixCam Week in Preview: Obama and Clinton Unite

Looking to see "Who Won the Week"? Scroll to the bottom of the post for answers. But first, the big news this week is the private and public get-togethers featuring Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The festivities start Thursday...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 23, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Broder: How Well Do Voters Know Obama?

If it's not already, David Broder's Sunday column in the Post should be required reading for anyone who calls himself a political junkie. The Dean of the political press corps, Broder has been setting conventional wisdom in campaigns for longer...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 22, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (446)
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