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The Fix: October 12, 2008 - October 18, 2008

Why the Powell Endorsement (Could) Matter

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) The news that retired Gen. Colin Powell will appear this Sunday on "Meet the Press" has set off a frenzy of speculation that former secretary of State could throw...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 17, 2008; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (460)
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Friday House Line: House GOP Prospects Grow Dimmer

The ongoing economic crisis coupled with the aggressive assertion of Democrats' massive fundraising advantage has significantly broadened Republican vulnerabilities in the House and made a 25-plus seat pickup a very real possibility. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, sensing the once...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 17, 2008; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
Categories:  The Line  
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Friday Senate Line: Democratic Domination

UPDATE, 2:15 p.m. ET: After deciding to pull out of the Louisiana Senate race earlier this week, the National Republican Senatorial Committee has reversed itself and is buying time in Louisiana as we speak. "We have seen the race in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 17, 2008; 6:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
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Wag the Video Blog: Money, Money, Money

The advantages that Barack Obama currently enjoys over John McCain in key battleground states -- where he is almost entirely on offense with just 19 days left before the election -- are due, in large part, to a massive...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 16, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Obama's Political Jujitsu

Less than 24 hours after the third and final presidential debate of the 2008 election, Barack Obama is on television with a new ad that seeks to turn John McCain's best moment of the night into a weakness. As we...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 16, 2008; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (271)
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The Final Presidential Debate: First Thoughts and Who Won?

The final debate may not have contained any knockout punches, but it was perhaps the most spirited of the three. (CHARLES DHARAPAK/AFP/Getty Images) The debates of the 2008 presidential election are now over, brought to a close by an...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 15, 2008; 10:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (533)
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The Fix Twitters the Final Debate!

It's Twitter time! Starting around 9 pm eastern time, you can follow our riffs on the debate between John McCain and Barack Obama in this space or via The Fix feed on Twitter. Haven't signed up yet? Do it now....

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 15, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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VIDEO: "Political Take" on Tonight's Debate

Hours before Barack Obama and John McCain take the stage at Hofstra University (on Strong Island), The Fix and Newsweek head honcho Jon Meacham took to the small screen to offer our thoughts on what to look for tonight....

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 15, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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National Republicans Pull Ads in Louisiana

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008, during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee hearing on disaster recovery. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) The National Republican Senatorial Committee has decided to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 15, 2008; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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The Hofstra Hoopla: Handicapping the Final Debate

Workers walk from the site of Wednesday's scheduled presidential debate between Senators Barack Obama and John McCain at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) The Fix is busy prepping (Read: drinking an untold...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 15, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (324)
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Obama Spending Dominance Continues

Barack Obama continues to outspend John McCain on television and is forcing the Republican to put money into states once considered GOP strongholds. (Photo by Jae C. Hong of the Associated Press) Amid speculation that Barack Obama could raise...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 15, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
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Republicans Rally the Troops Against Mahoney

Less than 24 hours after ABC News reported that Florida Democratic Rep. Tim Mahoney had paid off a former mistress to keep her quiet, Republicans at the state and national level are moving -- unsurprisingly -- to take advantage. The...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 14, 2008; 6:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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VIDEO: Broder's Man on the Street Interviews

Nobody does it better than David Broder. The Dean of the political press corps, Broder could easily rest on his considerable laurels in the final weeks of this presidential campaign. Or, he could take the train up to Upper...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 14, 2008; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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What's Next for HRC?

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. speaks during a campaign rally in downtown Scranton, Pa., Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008 as Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del. left, and his wife Jill Biden listen. (AP Photo/Jimmy May) UPDATE, 1...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 14, 2008; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Q Poll: Voters Reject McCain Economic Approach

Arizona Sen. John McCain must find a way to make the economic issue his own, or risk losing "economic voters." (Gerald Herbert -- Associated Press) It's not news that the focus on the economy over the past month has...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 14, 2008; 6:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (211)
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A Florida (House) Bombshell

Two years after he won the seat held by former Rep. Mark Foley, Rep. Tim Mahoney (D-Fla.) may be on the other end of a scandal-sparked seat loss. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) The report from ABC News that Florida...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 13, 2008; 7:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Post/ABC Poll: McCain's Structural Problems

. Arizona Sen. John McCain. Photo by Mary Altaffer of the Associated Press The new Washington Post/ABC News national poll puts John McCain behind Barack Obama by 10 points -- his biggest deficit in the survey since the general...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 13, 2008; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (310)
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Obama: The $100 Million Man?

How much cash did Obama raise in September? Photo by Romeo Ranoco of Reuters Barack Obama's massive spending on television -- $21 million for the first week of October alone -- coupled with his decision to buy 30 minutes...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 13, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (299)
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The Fix Errs

Today in our "Monday Fix" column, we reported that the National Republican Senatorial Committee was going up with ads in the Maine Senate race -- a sign, we argued, that Sen. Susan Collins (R) might be in real trouble. We...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 13, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Updated Electoral Map: Obama Holds Steady at 311

It was deja vu all over again for John McCain last week. The rapid drop of the Dow Jones Industrial Average kept the economy front and center, playing into the hands of Barack Obama and Democrats up and down...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 13, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
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