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The Fix: February 1, 2009 - February 7, 2009

Weekend Wag the Blog: Debating the Stimulus

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) insists the stimulus plan is the right move for the economy. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite As the Senate debate continues today -- in the wake of an apparent agreement last night by a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 7, 2009; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (144)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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The Friday Line: Primary Madness!

General election races may attract the most interest from the casual political observers but for true political junkies there is nothing that matches the intensity (read: nastiness) that defines primary fights. In general elections, the differences tend to be more...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 6, 2009; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  The Line  
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Mass Layoffs Hit RNC

Newly-elected RNC Chairman Michael Steele cleans house. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images) One week after Michael Steele won a hotly contested race to be the chairman of the Republican National Committee, he has cleaned house and laid off almost...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 6, 2009; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Battle Lines Are Drawn

President Barack Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner are the lead salesmen of the economic stimulus package. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) The debate over President Obama's economic stimulus plan continues today in the Senate, but the partisan battle lines over...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 6, 2009; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
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Open Thread

A baby but not Baby Fix (yet) The Fix (and Mrs. Fix) are spending the day getting ready for the arrival of the littlest Fix in less than two weeks time. So, while we try to figure out how...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 5, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Bypassing the Media Filter

President Barack Obama is using the grassroots machine built during the campaign to short-circuit the media. (Photo by Ron Charles of the Associated Press) During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama and his team learned a very important lesson that...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 5, 2009; 5:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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NJ-Gov: Can Republicans (Finally) Win?

Is Gov. Jon Corzine vulnerable this fall? AP Photo/Mel Evans New Jersey has been fool's gold -- or, in the Fix's favorite metaphor, the equivalent of Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown -- for Republicans for more than...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 4, 2009; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Governors , Republican Party  
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FixCam: Help Us Decide What's Next

It's a time of major change in Washington (Barack Obama is now the nation's chief executive) and in the Fix home with Baby Fix on the way in just a handful of days (gulp!). With that spirit of change...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 4, 2009; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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NH-Senate: A Prime Democratic Opportunity

Rep. Paul Hodes declared his candidacy for New Hampshire's Senate seat today. President Obama's decision to tap New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg (R) as his commerce secretary hands Senate Democrats a golden pickup opportunity next November. While many Democrats...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 4, 2009; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Senate  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Polling the Stimulus

Photo by Mark Wilson -- Getty Images Photo Political polling is equal parts science and art. The numbers are the numbers but what they mean is almost always open to interpretation. Take a new survey conducted by Gallup for...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 4, 2009; 6:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Cracks in the Cult of Competence?

In his campaign and during the transition Obama built a brand based in part on the people he chose for senior positions. Will recent events damage that image? The twin decisions today by former Sen. Tom Daschle and Nancy...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 3, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (184)
Categories:  The Cabinet , White House  
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Twittering the Briefing: Managing the Tax Crisis

It may only be President Obama's second full week in office but withdrawals of Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Tom Daschle and chief performance officer nominee Nancy Killefer today over tax problems have created the first real crisis in...

By Paul Volpe  |  February 3, 2009; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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How Killefer Hurts Daschle

President Obama's choice for government performance officer Nancy Killefer withdrew her name from consideration, possibly causing problems for HHS nominee Tom Daschle. (Linda Davidson / staff/ The Washington Post) UPDATE 12:48 p.m.: Tom Daschle has withdrawn from consideration as...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 3, 2009; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  The Cabinet , White House  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Daschle, Damaged

President Obama has Tom Daschle's back as tax revelations swirl around the Health and Human Services nominee. (AP Photo by Charles Dharapak) In politics as in life, context is everything. This is especially true when seeking to divine whether...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 3, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Florida Gov. Crist Considers Senate Race

Fla. Gov. Charlie Crist has made no secret of his national ambitions and may see the 2010 Senate race as the best next step. (AP Photo/Phil Coale) Florida Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is considering a run for the Sunshine State's...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 2, 2009; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Senate  
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Liberal Groups Assert Role In Stimulus Fight

Sens. Dick Lugar (Ind.) and Kit Bond (Mo.) are the targets of new ads from a handful of liberal interest groups. A cadre of liberal interest groups is ramping up its persuasion efforts on the economic stimulus package proposed...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 2, 2009; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Democratic Party , White House  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Picking Judd Gregg

Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), shown here in September 2008, seems to fit the bill at Commerce. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File) President Obama appears to have settled on New Hampshire Republican Sen. Judd Gregg as his pick to head...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 2, 2009; 5:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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