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The Fix: December 7, 2008 - December 13, 2008

IL-Senate: Between Rod and a Hard Place

The resignation of John Harris, Rod Blagojevich's chief of staff, this afternoon could be presage a similar decision by the disgraced Illinois governor in the coming days. But, even if Blagojevich resigns (or is declared unfit for office), Democrats still...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 12, 2008; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Whither McCain?

Where has Sen. John McCain been in the auto bailout talks? Photo by Laura Segall/Getty Images During the presidential campaign, John McCain talked relentlessly about his involvement in efforts to pass major pieces of bipartisan legislation in the Senate...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 12, 2008; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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The Friday Line: Ranking Modern Political Scandals

The arrest of Rod Blagojevich has sparked a furious debate on the Fix about where the Illinois governor's blatant attempt to sell a U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder ranks in the annals of modern political scandals. In order...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 12, 2008; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  The Line  
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The Fix At Harvard

The Fix makes it to Harvard. Photo by Lisa Poole of the Associated Press After 32 years, The Fix will make his parents proud (we are kidding, sort of) when he graces the well-manicured (albeit soggy) lawn of Harvard...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 11, 2008; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Wag the Blog: Is the Obama Cabinet Too Conservative?

Is Obama's Cabinet too conservative? Photo by Jim Watson of AFP Earlier this week, Steve Hildebrand, one of the key field generals in President-elect Barack Obama's presidential campaign sparked a firestorm among the liberal commentariat when, in a piece...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 11, 2008; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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RNC Field Sorts Itself Out

Although Gov. Rod Blagojevich's arrest is blotting out the sun in the political world, there has been a series of developments worth noting in the race to become the next chairman of the Republican National Committee. Three new candidates joined...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 11, 2008; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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Reid Prefers Senate Appointment to Special Election

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), shown here delivering remarks at the opening ceremony for the new U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, has called on Blagojevich to resign, in order to avoid a special election. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 10, 2008; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Senate  
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Fix Poll: The Biggest Political Scandal Ever?

Ever since Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested early yesterday morning, one question has been eating away at the Fix: Is this the biggest and/or best political scandal in recent history? The wire-tapped conversations, Blagojevich's delusions of grandeur (president in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 10, 2008; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Governors  
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A Tale of Two Ads

The Fix, as regular readers know, is a lover of campaign commercials. So, as we pondered the absolutely stunning arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich yesterday on charges that he was seeking to sell the Senate seat vacated by President-elect...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 10, 2008; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Ad Wars , Governors  
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Sizing Up the (Illinois) Special

UPDATE, 12:55 p.m. ET: The special election idea received another major endorsement today -- this one from President-elect Barack Obama. Robert Gibbs, the incoming White House press secretary, said that Obama believes Gov. Rod Blagojevich should resign and that the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 10, 2008; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Senate  
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NY-Senate: Is Caroline the People's Choice?

Even as the buzz continues to grow over the possibility of Caroline Kennedy being named by New York Gov. David Paterson to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton, two new polls show the public somewhat divided on who they would like to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 9, 2008; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  Senate  
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Blagojevich Criminal Complaint: The Best of the Best

The arrest of Rod Blagojevich this morning coincided with the release of a 78-page criminal complaint by the U.S. attorney's office detailing the allegations against the Illinois governor. While the entire document is a must-read, the Fix, as always, aims...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 9, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (142)
Categories:  Democratic Party , White House  
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Blagojevich Arrest Muddies Illinois Political Waters

The arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges has far reaching political implications. (Amanda Rivkin/AFP/Getty Images) Update, 5:10 p.m. ET: A special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama appears to be growing...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 9, 2008; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (157)
Categories:  Blagojevich , Governors  
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The Rising: Jon Huntsman Jr.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman could be rivals for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination In politics, there is nothing as appealing as the Next Big Thing. The Next Big Thing is that politician who --...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 9, 2008; 6:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  The Rising  
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Obama and the Gore-acle To Meet

The news that President-elect Barack Obama will huddle with the man who used to be the next president of the United States -- Al "The Goreacle" Gore -- has set tongues a-flapping in Washington about the possibility that the former...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 8, 2008; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  White House  
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Out of the Cabinet -- Where Do They Land?

What's next for (clockwise from top) Chuck Hagel, Kathleen Sebelius, Tim Kaine and John Kerry now that a spot in the Obama Cabinet seems unlikely? The clamor among Democratic office-holders to be a part of President-elect Barack Obama's Administration...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 8, 2008; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  White House  
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Are Republicans on the March?

In the wake of an election cycle dominated by bad news for Republicans, the last five days have been a welcome relief. Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss cruised to a runoff victory last Tuesday, and House Republicans held Louisiana's 4th district...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 8, 2008; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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FixCam Week in Preview: The Politics of a Bailout

The ongoing crisis in the American auto industry and the broader struggles of the U.S. economy take center stage again this week as the triumvirate of President George W. Bush, President-elect Barack Obama and congressional Democrats continues to seek...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 8, 2008; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  FixCam , White House  
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