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The Fix: February 8, 2009 - February 14, 2009

1,000 Words: The Stimulus

Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images Earlier this afternoon, the House passed President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package -- without a single vote in favor of the plan from a Republican. Tonight, the Senate is expected to approve the legislation...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 13, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Friday Senate Line: Gregg Adds to GOP Pain

Incumbent Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.), Jim Bunning (R-Ky.), and Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) could all face serious challenges in 2010. The withdrawal of Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) as President Obama's commerce secretary nominee on Thursday...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 13, 2009; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
Categories:  The Line  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Bye Bye Bipartisanship

The withdrawal of Sen. Judd Gregg as President Obama's nominee for commerce secretary stunned the political world and provided yet more evidence of the challenges inherent in fulfilling the chief executive's pledge to fundamentally alter the capital's partisan calculus. In...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 13, 2009; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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Axelrod To Bush Advisers: Butt Out

David Axelrod, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, had harsh words for some of former President Bush's closest advisers during an interview with the Post's Lois Romano yesterday, dismissing as "intramural stuff" the critiques offered by the former Administration....

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 12, 2009; 7:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (195)
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Gregg Withdraws as Commerce Nominee

By Chris Cillizza, Anne E. Kornblut and Michael D. Shear New Hampshire Republican Sen. Judd Gregg has withdrawn his name from consideration as President Obama's commerce secretary, a major blow to an administration seeking to put a series of Cabinet...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 12, 2009; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (513)
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Economic Stimulus Fight: Winners and Losers

With Congress set to pass President Obama's economic stimulus package in the next 48 hours, it's worth revisiting the last few weeks to determine who emerged stronger and weaker as a result of the fight on Capitol Hill. It's clear...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 12, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (149)
Categories:  House , Senate , White House  
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White House Cheat Sheet: The Fight Is On

President Obama is now in a fight for what his stimulus package means to the American public. AP Photo/Steve Nesius President Obama's economic stimulus plan may now be on the glide path to passage in Congress but the fight...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 12, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Wag the Blog Redux: Debating the Stimulus

Over the weekend, the we asked Fixistas to weigh in on the merits of economic stimulus plan. Given that the bill seems headed for a vote on final passage in the House and Senate tomorrow, now seemed like a good...

By Washington Post editors  |  February 11, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Will Any Other Republicans Support the Stimulus Deal?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid emerged just before 3 p.m. today with a passel of senators in tow to announce that a compromise between the House and Senate on President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package had been reached. That a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 11, 2009; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (162)
Categories:  House , Senate , White House  
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Twittering the White House Presser

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Between the continued Congressional drama over President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package and the drop in the Dow after yesterday's unveiling by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner of the Administration's bank...

By Paul Volpe  |  February 11, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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CT-Sen.: Is Chris Dodd in Trouble?

Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd (D) could face a serious Republican challenge in 2010. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post) Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd has sustained serious political damage due to allegations of favorable treatment in securing a home loan, according...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 11, 2009; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Senate  
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White House Cheat Sheet: A Second Bite At the Apple?

AP Photo/Charles Dharapak As House and Senate negotiators prepared for the potentially arduous process of working out the differences between the two economic stimulus plans passed over the past week, Vice President Biden voiced optimism that some Republicans will...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 11, 2009; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Mr. Franken Comes to Washington

Entertainer Al Franken (D-Minn.) will spend the next two days in Washington readying himself to serve in the Senate, a move that comes even as the contested Minnesota Senate election plods on. Franken arrives in town tonight and will be...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 10, 2009; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Obama and the Town Hall Effect

President Obama is utilizing town halls to sell his economic stimulus package directly to the American public. (Photo by Bill O'Leary of the Washington Post) As the U.S. Senate was voting narrowly to approve President Obama's economic stimulus package...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 10, 2009; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Pawlenty's Broadening Palette

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, shown here speaking at an August event in Washington, is seen as an attractive Republican candidate for 2012. (Mark Wilson -- Getty Images) Gov. Tim Pawlenty returned yesterday from a three-day trip to Germany where...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 10, 2009; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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White House Cheat Sheet: The Hard Math of the Senate Vote

The U.S. Capitol will be front and center in the economic stimulus debate today. PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images The $827 billion economic stimulus package being pushed by President Obama is expected to be voted on and approved today by...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 10, 2009; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Obama Prime Time Presser: First Thoughts

President Obama delivered opening remarks and then took questions from reporters for about 45 minutes at his first prime time press conference. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) President Obama spent an hour pitching his economic stimulus package and answering...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 9, 2009; 9:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
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Prime Time Press Conference Twitter

Las Vegas or Washington, D.C.? (REUTERS/Steve Marcus) In Las Vegas, people say the best time to be in the city is a fight night -- folks are buzzing and everyone who is anyone is in town. A night with...

By Paul Volpe  |  February 9, 2009; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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CA-Gov: Whitman's In

Former eBay president Meg Whitman took a first step to running for California governor today. Former eBay president Meg Whitman took the first step in a run for governor of California in 2010, a move that sets up a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 9, 2009; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Democrats Launch Poll Offensive

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is pushing new poll numbers that show support for President Obama's economic stimulus plan. AP Photo/Evan Vucci UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: In a memo penned by Republican pollster Neil Newhouse, he rebuts the idea...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 9, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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White House Cheat Sheet: Sending an (Economic) Message

President Barack Obama heads to Indiana today to sell his economic plan. AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson President Obama will use today's trip to a city in the job-starved Midwest and tonight's prime-time press conference as the leading edge of the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 9, 2009; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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