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The Fix: November 30, 2008 - December 6, 2008

Bill Jefferson Loses

Scandal-tarred Louisiana Democratic Rep. Bill Jefferson was defeated in his bid for a tenth term tonight by a little known Republican named Joseph Cao. With 80 percent of precincts reporting, Cao led Jefferson 53 percent to 43 percent and the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 6, 2008; 11:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Democratic Party , House  
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Dorgan Won't Be Energy Secretary

Sen. Byron Dorgan is no longer under consideration to be secretary of energy in President-elect Barack Obama's administration, a decision based on a belief within the former Illinois Senator's inner circle that the North Dakota Democrat is more valuable to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 6, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  White House  
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1,000 Words: The Winners

Photo by Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images Earlier this week, we asked Fixistas to offer their best caption to the photo above. As expected, there were a fair share of height jokes (California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is not that tall) and...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 6, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  1,000 Words  
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NY Senate: Another Kennedy in the Senate?

Is Caroline Kennedy coming to the Senate? Photo by Brian Snyder of Reuters. Updated, 7 a.m. ET: Gov. David Paterson and Caroline Kennedy have spoken by phone about the possibility that she could be named to the seat being...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 5, 2008; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
Categories:  Senate  
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Obama's Mighty Economic Challenge

Recent economic developments underscore the tenuous situation that Obama faces when he takes office on Jan. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) The last 24 hours -- dominated by yesterday's contentious Senate hearing with the top executives of the American...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 5, 2008; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  White House  
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The Friday Line: Ranking the Cabinet Confirmation Prospects

With President-elect Barack Obama having filled roughly half of his 15 Cabinet appointments by the end of this week, we thought now would be a good time to take a closer look at the confirmation prospects for each of the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 5, 2008; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
Categories:  The Line  
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The Eyes of Texas Are On Hutchison

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's likely entry into the 2010 Texas governor's race could lead to a wild election season in the Lonestar State. (AP Photo/CSPAN) Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's (R) decision to form a gubernatorial exploratory committee and...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 4, 2008; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Governors , House , Senate  
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Jordan Signs on With Saul Shorr

Democratic strategist Jim Jordan In the first of what undoubtedly will be a slew of realignments in the consulting world, Jim Jordan, a prominent Democratic strategist, has decided to join the media firm of Shorr Johnson Magnus as a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 4, 2008; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Democratic Party  
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Barack Obama and the Cult of Competency

President-elect Obama is using his transition to emphasize how his administration will be different than that of the current president. Barack Obama won the White House last month in large part by running against George W. Bush and tapping...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 4, 2008; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (230)
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Wag the Blog: Hillary's Experience

The president-elect and his nominee for secretary of State. Photo by Jim Young of Reuters At a press conference on Monday during which President-elect Barack Obama unveiled the members of his national security team -- including his choice for...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 4, 2008; 6:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  Wag The Blog , White House  
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MN-Senate: Counting Chaos!

The Minnesota Senate race could end up being decided by a few dozen votes. (Photo -- Reuters/Eric Miller) As the manual recount in the Minnesota Senate race between Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken nears its conclusion, the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 3, 2008; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  Senate  
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FL-Senate: Jeb Considers

Will former Gov. Jeb Bush run for the open Florida Senate seat? PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images UPDATE, 5:30 pm: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's Senate candidacy received a vote of confidence this afternoon from Rep. Connie Mack IV who...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 3, 2008; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Republican Party , Senate  
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Bill Richardson Offers An Olive Branch to Clintons?

At his announcement event today, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson offered words to help heal primary campaign wounds. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) "There are some who speak of a team of rivals. But I've never seen it that way....

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 3, 2008; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
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GA-Senate Runoff: Winners and Losers

Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Senate Republicans were the big winners in yesterday's runoff. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) Senate Democrats' dreams of a 60-seat filibuster proof majority were dashed down in Georgia yesterday as Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) won a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 3, 2008; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Senate  
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1,000 Words

Photo by Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images Does it get any better than the photo above? The Governator (aka California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger), President-elect Barack Obama, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) and Iowa Gov. Chet Culver (D) all gathered at the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 2, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
Categories:  1,000 Words  
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Obama Cuts Radio Ad for Carmouche

President-elect Barack Obama has recorded a radio ad that will hit the airwaves today in support of the Democratic House candidate in a Louisiana runoff, a sign, his advisers argue, that he is using his political power to help expand...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 2, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  House , White House  
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Mel Martinez To Retire

Fla. Sen. Mel Martinez figured to be a top target for Democrats in 2010. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Florida Sen. Mel Martinez (R) has decided against seeking a second term, a decision he will formalize shortly in the Sunshine State,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 2, 2008; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  Senate  
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Palin Does Georgia: What Does It Mean?

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin used some of her star power at campaign appearances for Sen. Saxby Chambliss (right) yesterday. The Ga. Senate runoff is today. (AP Photo/Jenni Girtman) PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- As the Fix prepared to head back...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 2, 2008; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
Categories:  Republican Party , Senate  
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Obama and Clinton: Answering the Whys

Why did they do it? (Photo by Jim Young of Reuters) President-elect Barack Obama's decision to name Hillary Rodham Clinton as his secretary of State likely will be viewed as one of the defining moments in the shaping of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 1, 2008; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
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FixCam Day in Preview: Barack and Hillary Together Again!

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- At 10:40 am this morning, the (sort of) unthinkable will happen: President-elect Barack Obama will announce Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton as his choice for secretary of State. Obama is also expected to name retired Gen....

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 1, 2008; 5:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Fix Pick: Being Bobby Jindal

Is Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal the next Republican presidential nominee? Photo by Pat Semansky -- Getty Images INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Regular Fix readers know that we believe any conversation about the future faces of the Republican Party has...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 30, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Fix Picks , Republican Party  
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