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The Fix: October 5, 2008 - October 11, 2008

VIDEO: Milbank Wants To Hug It Out

Dana Milbank is funny. Really funny. (Trust us: he sits right next to The Fix in the Post newsroom.) And, his Washington Sketch is a must-read -- as Dana trains his rapier-like wit on the political culture of Washington. Milbank...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 11, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Fix Picks  
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Palin Probe Concludes

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks in Wisconsin. Photo by Joshua Lott -- Getty Images The investigation into Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's role in the firing of the Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan ended late today with a report that...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 10, 2008; 11:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (203)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Veepstakes  
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MN-Senate: Coleman Puts the Kibosh On Negative Ads

Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman has decided to pull negative ads, but is it too late to make a difference? (Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg News) The Minnesota Senate race -- already one of the most high-profile statewide contests in the country --...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 10, 2008; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Senate  
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Ad Wars: Yellow Kansas?

A new ad for former Rep. Jim Slattery, who is taking on Sen. Pat Roberts(R) in Kansas, is sure to get attention but maybe for all the wrong reasons. It speaks for itself so let's take a look: Betcha didn't...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 10, 2008; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Ad Wars , Senate  
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McCain Opens Pandora's Box

UPDATE, 3:15 pm: John McCain's campaign is pushing hard on Bill Ayers today. Following the release of an ad that seeks to tie Ayers to Barack Obama this morning, the campaign organized a conference call featuring Yonkers City Councilman, and...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 10, 2008; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (570)
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Friday Senate Line: 60 in Sight?

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) What was once only a pipe dream is starting to look like a real possibility. We speak not of Britney Spears' musical comeback but...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 10, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Categories:  Senate , The Line  
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RNC Uses Ayers in New Ads

The Republican National Committee is launching television ads tomorrow in Indiana and Wisconsin that invoke the name of former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers and detail his ties to Barack Obama, the first such ads from either the national party...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 9, 2008; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (536)
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Rothenberg Warns of GOP "Bloodbath"

The horizon looks bleak for House and Senate Republicans. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite UPDATE, 4 pm: The Cook Political Report is also amping up their predictions of Democratic gains in the House and Senate next month. In the latest...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 9, 2008; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Fix Picks , House , Senate  
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The Problems With the Ayers Attack

The McCain campaign has tapped vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin to lead the Obama-Ayers attack. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) John McCain's campaign released a nearly-two minute Web video this morning detailing the connections between Barack Obama and former Weather Underground...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 9, 2008; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (653)
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Wag the (Video) Blog: Can McCain Win?

Consider the following: • Polling nationally and in key battleground states shows John McCain falling further behind Barack Obama. • Obama is outspending McCain at a rate of three to one on television -- an advantage that many political...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 9, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
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The Political Take: Breaking Down the Nashville Debate

The Fix and Newsweek managing editor Dan Klaidman got together this morning to discuss the debate that was and what to look for out of John McCain's campaign in the next few days. The "Political Take" follows....

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 8, 2008; 7:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , FixCam  
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McCain Changes Tactics?

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, speaks as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., listens during a townhall-style presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Heading into...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 8, 2008; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (429)
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VIDEO: The Fix Breaks Down the Debate

Check out the Debate Decoder for an interactive video and transcript annotated with analysis, fact-checking and opinion....

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 8, 2008; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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The Nashville Skyline Debate: First Thoughts

Tonight's townhall debate didn't yield much news -- which is probably a good thing for the candidate ahead in the polls. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) RESOLVED: There was no game changer. Tonight's second presidential debate between Barack Obama...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 7, 2008; 11:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (304)
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The Nashville Skyline Debate: The Fix Twitters!

The Fix will be twittering tonight's debate -- LIVE from Nashville, Tenn. (the debate, not The Fix) -- beginning around 9 p.m. ET tonight. Want to follow our observations, Simpsons references and other juvenalia? You can either sign up for...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 7, 2008; 8:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
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Nashville Knockout: What To Watch For

Riggers lift scaffolding into place in front of the Curb Events event site at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, Oct. 6, 2008, as preparations continue for Tuesday's presidential debate. (AP Photo/J. David Ake) Expectation is building in advance...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 7, 2008; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
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Obama Outspending McCain Nearly 3 to 1 on Television

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., waves as he arrives for a technical walk through before a scheduled townhall-style presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Barack Obama is outspending...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 7, 2008; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (276)
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Knockout in Nashville?

John McCain and Barack Obama debate in Oxford, Mississippi on Sept. 26. Photo by Linda Davidson of The Washington Post The Fix is doing finger-stretching exercises and drinking protein shakes in expectation of our live twittering of tonight's second...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 7, 2008; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (387)
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Fix Pick: Anne Hull's Michigan Masterpiece

Pam Fleck, assistant manager of a Dollar General store in Southfield, Mich., is leaning toward Barack Obama as the working-class candidate. Photo by Michael Williamson of The Washington Post For those Fixistas who don't know the work of the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 6, 2008; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
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The Keating Fight (And Why It Matters)

John McCain in Pueblo, Colorado. By John Moore -- Getty Images Photo Responding to a pledge by John McCain's campaign to raise the issues of character and ethics over the final month of the presidential campaign, Barack Obama began...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 6, 2008; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (112)
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Without 527s, Candidates Must Carry Negative Message

In the last 72 hours, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has repeatedly referred to Barack Obama "palling" around with terrorists while Obama's campaign has sent an email to its supporters announcing the creation of a new Web site highlighting John McCain's...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 6, 2008; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (137)
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FixCam Week in Preview: New Electoral Map Puts Obama Above 300

The political impact of the bailout bill and the renewed focus it has placed on the economy in the presidential race has allowed Barack Obama to move into the lead over John McCain in a series of battleground states....

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 6, 2008; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (163)
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SNL Does the Veep Debate

It was inevitable. "Saturday Night Live" offered their take on Thursday night's vice presidential debate between Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Delaware Sen. Joe Biden -- hitting all the high notes of the back and forth between the two number...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 5, 2008; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Veepstakes  
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