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The Fix: November 9, 2008 - November 15, 2008

The Five Myths of Campaign 2008

In a piece for tomorrow's "Outlook" section, The Fix explores -- and explodes the five biggest myths of the 2008 campaign. We don't want to ruin the surprise but here's a sampling: Myth #2: A wave of black voters and...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 15, 2008; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Alaska Senate: Begich Widens Lead Slightly

Democrat Mark Begich now leads Sen. Ted Stevens (R) by just over 1,000 votes with more than 90 percent of the total ballots counted in the high-profile Alaska Senate race. The Alaska Division of Elections counted another 14,500 votes on...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 14, 2008; 8:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Senate  
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HRC for Secretary of State: Crazy or Crazy Like a Fox?

President-elect Barack Obama and his future Secretary of State? Photo by Emmanuel Dunand of AFP/Getty Images The news that Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama huddled yesterday at the president-elect's transition headquarters in Chicago has set off another round...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 14, 2008; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (169)
Categories:  Democratic Party , The Cabinet  
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Friday Senate Line: The 2010 Landscape

The day after the 2008 election ended, the 2010 cycle began for political junkies. For both parties and their political operatives this is a time filled with possibility and hope. Maybe, just maybe, that governor who has held out on...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 14, 2008; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
Categories:  The Line  
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Michael Steele to Run For RNC Chair

Michael Steele, former Lt. Gov of Maryland, speaks to the delegates during the Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday, September 3, 2008. Photo by Bonnie Jo Mount, Washington Post Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 13, 2008; 9:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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Political Take: The Transition Edition!

The election may be over but the Political Take continues! In today's edition, The Fix and Newsweek managing editor Dan Klaidman discuss the hiring of two longtime Clinton Administration operatives -- Rahm Emanuel and Ron Klain -- to senior positions...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 13, 2008; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , FixCam  
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Obama To Resign From Senate, Who's Next?

The news that President-elect Barack Obama will resign from the Senate on Sunday is sure to amp up the pressure on Gov. Rod Blagojevich to pick a replacement as well as heighten the speculation about the identity of the next...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 13, 2008; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Senate  
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The Lieberman Conundrum

Will Joe Lieberman's endorsement of John McCain cost him politically? Photo by Matt Rourke of the Associated Press Nine days after a presidential election in which he actively supported Republican John McCain, the fate of Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 13, 2008; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (286)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Senate  
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Wag the Blog: Media Bias?

It seems that every social event The Fix attends -- and that list includes plane flights, field hockey games and shopping with Mrs. Fix, among others -- there is someone who asks about bias in the media. Usually the "inquiry"...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 13, 2008; 4:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (131)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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Alaska Senate: Count the Votes!

Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska and his supporters watch vote results showing the Republican ahead of his opponent on election night. Photo by By Johnny Wagner -- Getty Images UPDATE, 8:22 pm: In a remarkable turn of events, Democrat...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 12, 2008; 8:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  Senate  
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Wag the Blog Redux: What Should Obama's First Priority Be?

Last week -- in the wake of President-elect Barack Obama's sweeping electoral victory -- we asked Fixistas to offer their thoughts on what the Illinois Senator's first piece of legislative business should be and why. Put another way -- If...

By Washington Post editors  |  November 12, 2008; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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Impossibly High Expectations on Race Relations?

Can President-elect Obama heal the racial divide? Photo by Charles Dharapak -- Associated Press Photo Much has been made -- and rightly so -- of the historic nature of Barack Obama's election as the first African-American to hold the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 12, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Chris Matthews for Senate?

In this April 2, 2008 file photo, then Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., right, waves to the crowd with "Hardball" host Chris Matthews, left during MSNBC's Hardball College Tour at West Chester University in West Chester, Pa....

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 12, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Senate  
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1,000 Words: The Winners

The current and future presidents of the United States met Monday at the White House. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) Yesterday we posted the photo above -- of the current and future president meeting at the White House -- and asked...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 11, 2008; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  White House  
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Obama Lays Out Ethics Rules

President-elect Barack Obama today released a series of ethics guidelines for those working in the transition operation, a continuation of the anti-lobbying policies adopted by the Illinois Senator during his primary and general election campaigns. The ethics rules -- no...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 11, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Eye on 2008  
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Palin-ology: The Image Reclamation Tour Begins

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin answers questions after returning to Anchorage, Alaska, Wednesday Nov. 5, 2008. Her brother Chuck Heath Jr. is in the back. (AP Photo/Al Grillo) Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is in the midst of a whirlwind media...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 11, 2008; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (230)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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The Best House Ads

We've made our picks for the best television ads run in the presidential and Senate races and today we turn our attention to the House. This category is always the hardest for us because there are SO MANY ads --...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 11, 2008; 6:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  House  
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A Thousand Words

The current and future presidents of the United States met today at the White House. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) They say a picture is worth .... The transition from President George W. Bush to President-elect Barack Obama began -- symbolically,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 10, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Dean To Step Down as DNC Chair

Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan, left, watches as Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, speaks to a journalist at the National Press Club in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) UPDATE, 4:00 pm: Two other...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 10, 2008; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
Categories:  Democratic Party  
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Jindal: Never Vetted for VP

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Photo by Pat Semansky/Getty Images Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has emerged as one of the hottest names in national Republican circles since John McCain's defeat last week, was never vetted as a vice presidential...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 10, 2008; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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FixCam Week in Preview: The Cabinet Parlor Game

Play Video VIDEO | FixCam Week in Preview: The Cabinet Parlor Game The election may be over but the silly season has begun again as speculation runs rampant about who President-elect Barack Obama will choose for his Cabinet. List...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 10, 2008; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Democratic Party  
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