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The Fix: February 15, 2009 - February 21, 2009

Friday Governors Line: The Govs Come To D.C.

A number of gubernatorial candidates (or potential candidates) could make a big splash in the 2009-2010 pool, including from left, Gavin Newsom (California), Sam Brownback (Kansas), Mary Fallin (Oklahoma), Andrew Cuomo (New York), and Terry McAuliffe (Virginia). The nation's...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 20, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Governors , The Line  
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Pressure on Burris Could Lead to Special Election

Illinois Sen. Roland Burris, appointed by disgraced former governor Rod Blagojevich, is facing increasued pressure to resign. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's blunt warning to Sen. Roland Burris that he should resign amid revelations that he did not tell the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 20, 2009; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Senate  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Obama and the Govs

The president enters the White House. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak President Obama will use this weekend's meeting of the National Governors Association to urge the chief executives to move quickly to utilize the federal money being doled out to the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 20, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  Morning Fix  
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A Fix Note: Of Baby Fix and the Future

No, this isn't the post where we announce the arrival of Baby Fix -- although we expect his/her (we really don't know!) first day on earth sometime in the very near future. With the arrival imminent, however, we are going...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 19, 2009; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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White House Cheat Sheet: To Trade or Not To Trade?

President Obama heads to Canada today, his first trip outside the country since being sworn in to office. AP Photo by Charles Dharapak President Obama's trip to Ottawa, Canada -- his first time outside the country since being sworn...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 19, 2009; 6:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
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Fix Pick: Palin's Rocky Return to Alaska

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin struggles to adjust to life back in Alaska. AP Photo/Chris Miller For any politician on the losing end of a bid for national office re-acclimating to their previous life can be a rough road. Massachusetts...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 18, 2009; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Fix Picks  
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Jindal's Money (And Why It Matters)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal raised $3.5 million in 2008, a potential sign of his strength as a national candidate. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal raised better than $3 million in his first year in office, a total that far eclipses...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 18, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Governors  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Obama Moves to Foreign Affairs

President Obama leaves the White House. AP Photo/Ron Edmonds After a first month focused almost exclusively on domestic policy, President Obama is turning to foreign affairs this week, announcing yesterday that he would send more troops to Afghanistan and...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 18, 2009; 6:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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IL-Sen: Burris Backtracks, Ethics Committee Investigates

Sen. Roland Burris's (D-Ill.) political fate appeared to be in real jeopardy late today as he continued to acknowledge gaps in his testimony to a state House panel investigating former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Senate Democrats beginning a preliminary...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 17, 2009; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
Categories:  Senate  
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RNC Goes On Air in NY-20 Special

The Republican National Committee is going up on television with ads in support of New York state Assemblyman Jim Tedisco in his special election bid in the state's 20th district, an early sign that newly elected chairman Michael Steele...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 17, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  House  
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Is Congress Getting More Popular?

The Capitol Dome Days after passing President Obama's massive economic stimulus plan, new polling numbers from Gallup show that Congress' job approval ratings have gained considerable ground over the past month -- a boost that at least raises the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 17, 2009; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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Rove Responds to Axelrod

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By Chris Cillizza  |  February 17, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
Categories:  White House  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Searching for the GOP Alternative

The White House at dusk. AP Photo by Ron Edmonds Even as President Obama signs his $787 billion economic stimulus package into law today in Denver, Colo. a handful of prominent Republicans are positioning themselves as the leading opponents...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 17, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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1,000 Words: The Winners

Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images On Friday we asked Fixistas to offer up their most creative caption to the photo above. We filed through the entries over the weekend and came up with a few of our favorites. The...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 16, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  1,000 Words  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Next Steps

President Obama will sign the economic stimulus bill that passed Congress late Friday into law tomorrow in Colorado, the first -- and perhaps most easily accomplished -- of a series of ambitious initiatives the president is set to undertake in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 16, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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