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The Fix: July 27, 2008 - August 2, 2008

Friday Line: Battleground States

The Fix is jetting off to exotic climes but we couldn't leave without penning our latest and greatest rankings of the 10 states most likely switch sides (from Democratic to Republican or vice versa) in the November presidential election....

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 1, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (174)
Categories:  The Line  
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FixCam: The Fix Heads to Argentina

For the first time in the three years (or so) that we have been on this incredibly exciting and rewarding journey that is writing The Fix, we are going to go totally off the grid until mid-August. Never fear....

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 31, 2008; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (148)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Obama's Veep Vetting Enters New Stage

Barack Obama's vice presidential vetting process has moved into a new stage in which a larger than previously reported group of candidates is being exposed to a "deeper dig" into their backgrounds -- in the words of a source familiar...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 31, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (151)
Categories:  Veepstakes  
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Wag the Blog Redux: Name that Veep

Earlier this week, we asked the members of the Fix community to offer their picks on who Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama would name as running mates and why. Post.com politics producer Sarah Lovenheim combed through more than 130...

By Washington Post editors  |  July 30, 2008; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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McCain's Risky Ad Strategy

UPDATE, 6:30 pm: Barack Obama's campaign has quickly turned around a response ad that bashes John McCain for practicing the "politics of the past." The key image? McCain and President Bush standing side by side while the words "John McCain:...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 30, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (179)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Obama Vice Presidential Team Staffs Up

The identity of Barack Obama's vice presidential running mate remains a closely-guarded secret but his campaign is already making preparations at the staff level to be ready when the choice is made. Kathleen McGlynn, who was former senator John Edwards...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 30, 2008; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
Categories:  Veepstakes  
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The Case Against Rob Portman

Yesterday we made the case for why John McCain should pick former Ohio Rep. Rob Portman as his vice presidential running mate. Now the case against Portman. A Bush Guy Portman has spent his entire career in the orbit of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 30, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Veepstakes  
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Fix Pick: Obama, McCain and the Troop Visit That Wasn't

Ever since the news of Barack Obama's decision to skip a visit to wounded soldiers at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany broke last week, John McCain and his campaign have been doing their darndest to keep the story alive....

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 29, 2008; 7:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (192)
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Analysis: Stevens Indicted in Alaska

UPDATE, 5:45 pm: Sen.Ted Stevens, at least for today, is pledging to continue his re-election campaign despite his indictment by a federal grand jury. The campaign is moving "full steam ahead," said spokesman Aaron Saunders. "Our office has been flooded...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 29, 2008; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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Kaine Speaks! (with video)

After an appearance on WTOP radio with Gov. Martin O'Malley (Md.) and D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine held a brief press conference in which he addressed reports that he is under "serious consideration" to be Barack Obama's...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 29, 2008; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Veepstakes  
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Wag the Blog: Name that Veep

There's no way around it: there is NO political story these days other than the speculation over who will be the vice presidential picks of Barack Obama and John McCain. Reports yesterday in Politico and the Washington Post that Virginia...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 29, 2008; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (137)
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The Case for Rob Portman

Mention the name of former Ohio Congressman Rob Portman to any Republican party insider and you are likely to get an extended riff on his tremendous skills as a politician and operative. Mention Portman's name to someone who doesn't live...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 29, 2008; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Veepstakes  
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McCain and the "Mole-Like" Skin

The news that John McCain had a small section of "mole like skin" removed from his right temple during a procedure this morning was quickly featured on blogs and cable television. Should it have been? And does it matter to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 28, 2008; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Veepstakes: Divining Obama's Thinking

UPDATE, 5:45 pm: The Tim Kaine boomlet, set off by Barack Obama's comments to Tom Brokaw over the weekend, is growing. In the last half hour Politico and the Post have posted stories detailing the fact that the Virginia governor,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 28, 2008; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
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The God Gap: The Godless West?

Regular Fix readers know that we are endlessly fascinated with the intertwining of religion and politics. Recent elections have revealed a significant gap between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to appealing to voters who attend church regularly and/or consider...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 28, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
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FixCam Week in Preview: Veepstakes Timing

There are only 11 days left before the 2008 Summer Olympics begin in Beijing and, by the time they end 16 days later, we'll be less than 24 hours away from the start of the Democratic National Convention in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 28, 2008; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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Sunday Conversation: Obama's Berlin Speech Re-examined

The immediate reaction to Barack Obama's speech in Berlin earlier this week was almost exclusively positive. The images of the Illinois Senator speaking in front of several hundred thousand people as the sun set on Germany's capital was praised as...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 27, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (189)
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