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The Fix: December 14, 2008 - December 20, 2008

Franken Campaign: We Will Win

Entertainer Al Franken's (D) campaign said Saturday that he will ultimately defeat Sen. Norm Coleman (R) even as the recount in the Minnesota race plods on. Marc Elias, counsel to the Democrat's campaign, asserted that Franken will lead by between...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 20, 2008; 7:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Senate  
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Blagojevich: Animated

Think you've had enough of the juicy details contained in the 70-plus page criminal complaint filed against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich last week? Think again. Check out this jib-jab-esque re-creation of "Pay-Rod" put together by post.com videographer Akira "Aki" Hakuta....

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 20, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Fix Picks , Governors  
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Blagojevich's Defiance Complicates Democratic Strategy

The decision by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to -- in his words -- "fight" charges that he was seeking to sell an appointment to the U.S. Senate badly complicates state and national Democrats' efforts to quickly dispose of the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 19, 2008; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Governors , White House  
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Senator Franken?

Entertainer Al Franken (D) now leads Sen. Norm Coleman (R) for the first time since election day in the never-ending recount process that is the Minnesota Senate race. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Franken now leads Coleman by 281...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 19, 2008; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
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Auto Bailout Winners and Losers: A Response

In the minutes after President George W. Bush announced that he would authorize $17.4 billion to help provide a bridge loan of sorts to the Big Three automakers, Post.com's Ben "Political Browser" Pershing declared President-elect Barack Obama a winner. Wrote...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 19, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  White House  
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The Friday Senate Line: Appointments A-Plenty

On its face, an appointment to the Senate seems to be about the best gift an aspiring politician could ask for. Rather than spend two years of your life running for the office -- raising the millions (or tens of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 19, 2008; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  The Line  
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1,000 Words: The Winners

A man throws a shoe at President George W. Bush during a news conference with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, in Baghdad. (AP Photo) There's something about President George W. Bush that brings out...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 18, 2008; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  1,000 Words  
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Obama and the Transparency Trap

Has President-elect Barack Obama been transparent enough? One of the most common -- and popular -- mantras during the campaign of President-elect Barack Obama was the call for more transparency in government -- an obvious rejection of the secrecy...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 18, 2008; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Wag the Blog: The Rick Warren Kerfuffle

Obama's choice of Saddleback pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his swearing in has caused an uproar among some parts of the Democratic base. President-elect Barack Obama's honeymoon with the liberal wing of his party came to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 18, 2008; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (233)
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The Denouement of Howard Dean?

Democratic National Committee Chairman, Howard Dean talks about health care reform at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center December 17, 2008 in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, the man regarded...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 18, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Wag the Blog Redux: Is the Obama Cabinet Too Conservative?

In last week's Wag the Blog, we asked you to weigh in on the question of whether President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet picks were too conservative for a candidate who ran on a progressive agenda. Earlier that week, Steve Hildebrand --...

By Washington Post editors  |  December 17, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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2010: The Year of the Dynasty?

Top L to R - Caroline Kennedy, Jeb Bush, Robin Carnahan Bottom L to R - Beau Biden, Lisa Murkowski, Rory Reid Dynastic politics are frowned upon in the United States -- why the heck did we break free...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 17, 2008; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Governors , Senate  
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DSCC Senior Staff Stays Put

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, the newly-chosen chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, has convinced the committee's top two staffers from the 2008 election to stay on for another election cycle, according to party sources familiar with the decision....

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 17, 2008; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Senate  
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TX-Senate: Dominoes Fall

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) Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison has yet to officially announce her Republican primary challenge to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 17, 2008; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Republicans Revolt on RNC's Obama-Blago Strategy

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is not happy with Republican tactics toward President-elect Barack Obama. Photo by Dayna Smith for The Washington Post As the Republican National Committee continues its attempt to tie disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich to President-elect...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 17, 2008; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (121)
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Reid Urged Paterson To Pick Kennedy

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) urged New York Gov. David Paterson to appoint Caroline Kennedy to the Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to a Democratic strategist familiar with Reid's thinking. Reid and Paterson spoke by...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 16, 2008; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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1,000 Words

A man throws a shoe at President George W. Bush during a news conference with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, in Baghdad. (AP Photo/APTN) Some moments are tailor-made for "1,000 Words". And, if you...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 16, 2008; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (107)
Categories:  1,000 Words  
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IL-Senate: A Special Or Not?

The fight over how the next senator from Illinois will be chosen has ramped up over the past 48 hours as Democrats in the state legislature put the idea of a special election on the back burner while Republicans released...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 16, 2008; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Hildebrand Returns to the Private Sector

Steve Hildebrand, one of the principal architects of President-elect Barack Obama's field operation during his successful primary and general election campaigns, will return to his consulting company rather than take a job in the White House, Hildebrand confirmed to the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 16, 2008; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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CO-Senate: Salazar Departure Creates GOP Opportunity

Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar's nomination to Interior would open up a Senate seat in a competitive state. The expectation that Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar will be nominated as Interior Secretary by President-elect Barack Obama presents Republicans with a prime...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 16, 2008; 6:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Caroline Kennedy to Seek Appointment to N.Y. Senate Seat

UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: Stefan Friedman, a spokesman for Caroline Kennedy confirmed to the Fix this evening she is seeking the Senate appointment. Kennedy made a round of calls today to influential New York Democrats, added Friedman. She spoke to, among...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 15, 2008; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (138)
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Republicans' Guilt-by-Association Gamble

Too close for comfort? National Republicans moved aggressively over the weekend to link scandal-tarred Gov. Rod Blagojevich to President-elect Barack Obama -- a guilt-by-association tactic that represents a significant gamble for a party still looking to pick itself up...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 15, 2008; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (257)
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FixCam Week in Preview: The Honorary Hot Rod Edition

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 15, 2008; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Obama Moves to Revolutionize White House Communications

In today's Post, we look at how President-elect Barack Obama is using a long-ignored medium -- the weekly radio address -- to make news. By videotaping the address and making it available on You Tube, the campaign has ensured that...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 14, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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RNC Pushing Hard on Obama-Blago Connection

The video above -- released this morning by the Republican National Committee -- is the latest in a series of attempts by GOPers to keep tie scandal-tarred Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to President-elect Barack Obama. To be clear, nothing...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 14, 2008; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
Categories:  Republican Party , White House  
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