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The Fix: January 11, 2009 - January 17, 2009

Obama Announces "Organizing for America"

President-elect Barack Obama announced the formation of a new group known as "Organizing for America" that aims to continue the grassroots advocacy that the former Illinois Senator began in his presidential campaign. "As President, I will need the help...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 17, 2009; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (129)
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1,000 Words: The Many Faces of George W. Bush

AP Photo/Gerald Herbert President George W. Bush's time in the White House is ending but we'll always have his wide variety of facial expressions to remember him by. This series of photos, taken during Bush's final press conference on...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 16, 2009; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  1,000 Words  
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Obama Refines Philosophy on Big Government

In what his aides billed as a "major" speech on the economy last week, President-elect Barack Obama made an unapologetic case for the need for government to play a large and aggressive role in turning around the faltering economy. "Only...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 16, 2009; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Axelrod Gives Up Ownership Stake in Consulting Firm

By selling his stake in the consulting firm he founded, Obama senior adviser is signaling a shift from campaign politics to the politics of governing. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) David Axelrod, perhaps the most trusted member of President-elect Barack Obama's political inner...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 16, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Friday Senate Line: Retirements Roil GOP Prospects

The GOP faces a tough 2010 as retiring Sens. Kit Bond (Mo.), Mel Martinez (Fla.), George Voinovich (Ohio) and Sam Brownback (Kan.) leave open seats in swing states that Republicans will have to defend. UPDATE, 12:05 p.m.: Florida Chief Financial...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 16, 2009; 6:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Senate , The Line  
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Obama To Hold Fiscal Responsibility Summit

President-elect Barack Obama visits the Post newsroom after a meeting with the editorial board and Washington Post Co. Chairman Don Graham, right. (Photo, The Washington Post) President-elect Barack Obama will convene a "fiscal responsibility summit" in February designed to bring...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 15, 2009; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Obama at The Post

President-elect Barack Obama has arrived at the Washington Post for an interview with the editorial board and White House team -- including The Fix! Obama is now just five days away from becoming the 44th president of the United States...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 15, 2009; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Paterson Nears A Pick

New York Gov. David Paterson is nearing an announcement on his pick to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Senate, according to multiple sources, although the identity of the next Senator from New York remains shrouded in mystery. Several Democratic...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 15, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Fix Pick: Understanding Obama or Basketball=Life

The University of North Carolina's Jack Wooten, right, pressures then-Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., during a basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) It's no secret to anyone who has paid even passing attention...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 15, 2009; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Wag the Blog: The Geithner Dilemma

Does Timothy Geithner's issue with back taxes disqualify him from serving as treasury secretary? (Chip Somodevilla/Bloomberg News) Revelations yesterday that Tim Geithner, the secretary of treasury designate for President-elect Barack Obama, had not paid Social Security or Medicare taxes for...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 14, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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Republicans' Navel Gazing and Why It Matters

Losing 54 House seats, 13 (or 14) Senate seats and the presidency over the past four years has effectively pushed Republicans into the political wilderness with no obvious guideposts to help find their way back. As expected, the collapse of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 14, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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The Fix, Kathie Lee and Hoda

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The Fix has come to Ben Smith's hometown to answer presidential inauguration trivia questions posed by "Today" show fourth hour (Mrs. Fix's favorite hour, by the way) anchors Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford. If you're...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 14, 2009; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Hillary Clinton Re-Imagined

Hillary Rodham Clinton will serve in a non-partisan role as secretary of state, which may provide her an opportunity to recast her legacy. Hillary Rodham Clinton's confirmation hearing today in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee marks a turn...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 13, 2009; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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The "Obama Effect"

Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.), Rep. Artur Davis, (D-Ala.) and former congressman Harold Ford Jr. of Tennessee are among those who are more likely to take a chance on a race because of the success of President-elect Barack Obama. The rapid...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 13, 2009; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Governors , Senate , White House  
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Senate GOP Faces Tough 2010

Here's a piece from the Fix for today's Post on the early retirement problems for Senate Republicans and what it could mean for the party's political future: A spate of retirement announcements by Senate Republicans this year have further complicated...

By Paul Volpe  |  January 13, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Plouffe on "Obama 2.0"

Even as Barack Obama completes his transition from candidate to president, the political machine he built in his successful 2008 campaign is also taking new form as an advocacy group for legislative agenda. Bits and pieces of the structure of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 12, 2009; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Voinovich Announces Retirement, GOP Problems Mount

Ohio Sen. George Voinovich is retiring in 2010, the fourth Republican to announce he is stepping aside at the end of his term. Voinovich announced his retirement this morning after a weekend filled with speculation that he was planning to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 12, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
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FixCam Week in Preview: Inauguration Time

By Paul Volpe  |  January 12, 2009; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Sunday Reading: Broder Hammers Obama

President-elect Barack Obama's popularity ratings may still be sky high but the Post's David Broder -- dean of the political press corps in Washington -- isn't happy with the performance of the former Illinois Senator in recent weeks. In a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 11, 2009; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
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SNL Takes on Burris, Blago AND Rachel Maddow

"Saturday Night Live" keeps up its political theme with a skit flaying sort of senator Roland Burris and Pay-Rod -- with a nod to Rachel Maddow....

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 11, 2009; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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