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The Fix: September 28, 2008 - October 4, 2008

Congressional Republicans Fret Over Potential Losses

Republican strategists closely monitoring the race for the Senate and the House are increasingly worried that they may be headed for large losses in November due to the increased focus on the economy over the last few weeks. The Fix...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 4, 2008; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (194)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , House , Senate  
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Photo of the Week

It's worth 1,000 words. Have a good weekend. Vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, right, is shown during a debate against Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, left, D-Del., at a video store in San Mateo, Calif., Thursday,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 3, 2008; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Bailout Fallout: Can Republicans Stage a Comeback?

The House vote to pass a $700 billion rescue plan for the financial industry likely brings to an end the two worst weeks of John McCain's general election campaign for the presidency. The debacle for McCain began with the collapse...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 3, 2008; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
Categories:  Economy Watch , Eye on 2008  
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Sarah Palin, St. Louis and 2012

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on the debate stage in St. Louis. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite The rapidly congealing conventional wisdom concerning last night's vice presidential debate between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden is that the Alaska governor did enough...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 3, 2008; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (289)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Veepstakes  
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VIDEO: Fix on the Debate

Here's my video breakdown of last night's debate between Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Delaware Sen. Joe Biden. It's part of a terrific new page at post.com we are calling the "Debate Decoder" that has everything you need to know...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 3, 2008; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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The Showdown in St. Louis: First Thoughts

Delaware Sen. Joe Biden and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin stayed on message and avoided any major gaffes. Will either performance move the needle? (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds) The first -- and only -- vice presidential debate between Delaware Sen. Joe...

By Paul Volpe  |  October 2, 2008; 11:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (396)
 
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Twittering the Showdown in St. Louis

Tonight's vice presidential debate between Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Delaware Sen. Joe Biden is among the most anticipated political events of a campaign that has been chock full of memorable moments. We'll be twittering the debate starting around 9...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 2, 2008; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
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Showdown in St. Louis: What to Watch For

Delaware Sen. Joe Biden and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin both know what they have to do in tonight's debate -- but it all will come down to execution. Tonight's vice presidential debate between Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Delaware...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 2, 2008; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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McCain Moves Out of Michigan: What It Means

Arizona Sen. John McCain in Des Moines, Iowa earlier this week. Photo by Charlie Neibergall -- Associated Press UPDATE, 6:12 pm: The McCain campaign held a conference call with political director Mike DuHaime and senior adviser Greg Strimple to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 2, 2008; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (168)
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FixCam: Debate Night! (And the Return of Twittering)

The Fix's experiment with twittering last week's presidential debate was such a success that the big bosses at washingtonpost.com have asked for a return engagement. And so, starting around 9 p.m. ET tonight (although we reserve the right to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 2, 2008; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , FixCam  
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The Governors Line: Three Lines in One!

Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon, Charlotte (N.C.) Mayor Pat McCrory, Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas The 2008 election has been an embarrassment of riches for political junkies. The presidential race has been...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 2, 2008; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
Categories:  Governors , The Line  
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McCain: The Angry Warrior?

Arizona Sen. John McCain flashed his sarcastic side in Iowa -- and it wasn't pretty. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) John McCain's combative interview with the Des Moines Register yesterday has raised questions anew about the Arizona senator's temperament as the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 1, 2008; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (192)
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Political Take: Bailouts, Biden and Palin -- Oh My!

The Fix and Newsweek Managing Editor Dan Klaidman rap -- not literally, that would be weird -- about the politics surrounding the bailout vote, tomorrow night's vice presidential debate and next Tuesday's second presidential debate. And all in under ten...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 1, 2008; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Independent Group Raises McCain Health Issue

In an attempt to intensify voter doubts about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's readiness for office in advance of Thursday's vice presidential debate, the California Nurses Association has launched an ad raising questions about John McCain's health. The ad went up...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 1, 2008; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
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Palin's War on the Press

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin talks with CBS News anchor Katie Couric. The McCain campaign is criticizing "gotcha journalism" of those covering the ticket. (CBS News via Associated Press Photo) In a series of recent interviews, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 1, 2008; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (392)
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Torricelli's Anniversary: A Speech for the Ages

Six years ago today, former New Jersey Sen. Bob Torricelli gave us all a speech to remember. It's been six years to the day since former New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Torricelli resigned his seat, delivering one of the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 30, 2008; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Senate  
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House Republican Ad Exploits Rangel's Ethics Problems

House Republicans have launched an ad attacking a freshman Wisconsin Democrat over his ties to embattled Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel (N.Y.), the first of a series of attempts to use Rangel's ongoing ethics woes as an anchor...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 30, 2008; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  House  
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Bailout Fallout: What Should McCain and Obama Do Next?

Barack Obama and John McCain at last week's presidential debate in Oxford, Mississippi. Photo by Scott Olson -- Getty Images Less than 24 hours after the bill to bailout the financial industry died an ignominious -- and surprising --...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 30, 2008; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (287)
Categories:  Economy Watch , Eye on 2008  
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Palin's (Conservative) Problem?

Even as Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin prepares for Thursday night's vice presidential debate against Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, an increasing number of Republicans and conservatives are expressing reservations about both her candidacy and the way in which she is being...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 30, 2008; 6:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (360)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Veepstakes  
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Fix Poll: Who's To Blame?

The blame game is already well underway in Washington as both presidential candidates and their parties seek to lay the responsibility for the House's failure to pass the bailout bill today at the other sides' feet. We want to hear...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 29, 2008; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
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Analysis: The Failure of the Bailout Bill

Troubled skies over the Capitol. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite The failure of the financial bailout bill in the House is a classic example of an old adage: all politics is local. Despite the fact that President George W. Bush...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 29, 2008; 5:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (353)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , House  
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Freedom's Watch Starts Spending

Gaming mogul Sheldon Adelson. Photo by Bobby Yip of Reuters Freedom's Watch, an outside conservative organization seen by many Republicans as their best chance of holding down major losses in the House and Senate this fall, has begun spending...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 29, 2008; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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Pick a President (Updated)

If it's Monday, it's time for our latest take on the electoral map. Scroll down for our new map -- we won't ruin the surprise -- and remember that you can make your own picks on what the electoral...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 29, 2008; 6:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , FixCam  
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SNL: Variations on a Palin Theme

The setting: Amy Poehler as Katie Couric. Tina Fey as Sarah Palin. Funny or not?...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 28, 2008; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (142)
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