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The Fix: August 31, 2008 - September 6, 2008

Milbank, the Eastern Media Elite and a Fix Cameo

Washington Sketcher -- and all-around funny man and good guy -- Dana Milbank with the help of videographer extraordinaire Akira "Aki" Hakuta explores the inner workings of the Eastern Media Elite during the final days of the Republican National Convention...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 6, 2008; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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The Friday Line: The Best Speeches

Stemwinding their way through the conventions: Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, former president Bill Clinton, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. ST. PAUL -- After 13 straight days on the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 5, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (792)
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McCain's Speech: How Did He Do?

Republican presidential candidate John McCain accepted his party's nomination for president and delivered a speech focused on reform and patriotism. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds) ST. PAUL -- John McCain sought to reclaim the change mantle from Barack Obama in his...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 4, 2008; 11:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (907)
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McCain's Speech: What Does He Need To Do?

ST. PAUL -- For John McCain -- prisoner of war, congressman, senator and now the GOP presidential nominee -- his entire life has been building to his address tonight before the Republican National Convention. The lead-in to his address...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 4, 2008; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (365)
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Convention Cheat Sheet: Palin's Coming Out Party

ST. PAUL -- When Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin stepped onto the stage at the Republican National Convention last night, all the pieces were in place for her to perform well. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani had warmed...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 4, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (485)
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Palin Speaks: How Did She Do?

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin went on the attack tonight, going after the media and drawing sharp distinctions between John McCain and Barack Obama. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) ST. PAUL -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took to the stage...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 3, 2008; 11:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2834)
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The Fix Twitters

ST. PAUL -- The penultimate night of the Republican National Convention features former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani -- all one-time rivals of John McCain for the Republican...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 3, 2008; 7:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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Palin's Speech: What Does She Need To Do?

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has faced questions since she was named to the Republican ticket. Tonight is her chance to answer them and to help frame the campaign. (Post, Melina Mara) ST. PAUL -- When she takes the stage...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 3, 2008; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (793)
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Convention Cheat Sheet: Fred Steals The Night

ST. PAUL -- On a night when the headliners were expected to be President George W. Bush and Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman (I), it was former Sen. Fred Thompson (Tenn.) who stole the show with a stemwinder that mixed a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 3, 2008; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (147)
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VIDEO: Convention Day Two Round Up

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 3, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Joe Lieberman: The Last Straw?

Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman may find many of his former Democratic colleagues unhappy with his speech tonight. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) ST. PAUL -- It's no secret that there is little love lost on the part of Democrats...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 2, 2008; 11:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (357)
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The Fix Twitters the Republican National Convention

ST. PAUL -- After trying out Twitter last week in Denver during the Democratic National Convention, The Fix is back at it for tonight's festivities. Below you'll see our ten most recent Tweets and a link to the entire list...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 2, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
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McCain Manager: 'This Election is Not About Issues'

UPDATE, 6:18 pm: In reaction to Rick Davis' comments about the election not being about issues, Barack Obama campaign manager David Plouffe released the following statement: "We appreciate Senator McCain's campaign manager finally admitting that his campaign is not in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 2, 2008; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (612)
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The Fix and the Fair: Of Corndogs, Cotton Candy and Candidates

ST. PAUL -- As promised, The Fix made his way to the Minnesota State Fair yesterday. And, what a time we had. Washingtonpost.com videographer Jackie Refo came along and shot some of the sites and sounds of the fair...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 2, 2008; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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GOP Convention Back on Track -- With Changes

Updated, 11:34 a.m. ET The Republican National Convention will resume tonight with former Sen. Fred Thompson (Tenn.) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) scheduled to address the delegates. There also are plans for President Bush to appear via satellite, according to...

By Paul Volpe  |  September 2, 2008; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (172)
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Convention Cheat Sheet: Bristol and Gustav

ST. PAUL -The opening day of the Republican National Convention seemed certain to be a slow one. Abbreviated by the Hurricane Gustav's march toward the Gulf Coast, all but the most necessary (read: boring) tasks were canceled leaving reporters to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 2, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
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Rove: Palin Will Boost GOP Ticket By 2-3 Points Nationally

ST. PAUL -- Former White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove predicted that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin "gives [John McCain] the ability to add two or three points nationally" to his vote total, a margin that could make...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 1, 2008; 7:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (161)
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The Fix: Live From St. Paul

We're taking to the airwaves again this week from the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. Although most events have been canceled today, we'll bring you former White House political svengali Karl Rove around 4 p.m. ET. The Fix...

By Paul Volpe  |  September 1, 2008; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Assessing the Political Impact of Bristol Palin's Pregnancy

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's family at a rally in Dayton, Ohio, gust 29, 2008. Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol, is holding four-month-old Trig Palin. (Melina Mara / The Washington Post) ST. PAUL -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced moments ago that...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 1, 2008; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2491)
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Jindal's Moment

After being mentioned as a potential running mate for John McCain, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will be under a national spotlight this week as attention is focused on his state's hurricane response. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File) ST. PAUL --...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 1, 2008; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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VIDEO: The Hurricane and the Convention

ST. PAUL -- The Fix and Post senior political reporter Dan Balz discuss the abbreviated start of the Republican National Convention today, and the impact of Hurricane Gustav on the presidential election....

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 1, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Gauging Gustav's Political Impact

Republican Presidential candidate Senator John McCain (R-AZ) with his wife, Cindy and his vice presidential running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, accompanied by Jimmy and Jack McCain, visit the Mississippi Emergency Management Operations Command Center in Jackson, Mississippi August...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 31, 2008; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (240)
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The Bush-Cheney Conundrum

ST. PAUL -- The news that neither President George W. Bush nor Vice President Dick Cheney will speak on the opening night of the Republican National Convention will be greeted -- privately, of course -- with a huge sigh of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 31, 2008; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (161)
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