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

Friday Governors Line

The Fix is home with Charlie Cillizza today but even the little tyke knows that if it's Friday, it's time for the Friday Line. Today we tackle the ten gubernatorial races most likely to switch sides in 2009 and 2010....

By Chris Cillizza  | March 13, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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LA-Sen: Perkins Turns Down Vitter Primary Challenge

This hasn't been a very good week for Louisiana Sen. David Vitter but it's ending on a positive note: Family Research Council president Tony Perkins has decided not to challenge him in next year's Republican primary. "I am grateful for...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 13, 2009; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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White House Cheat Sheet: Five Reasons Why Steele Stays

RNC Chairman Michael Steele has taken heat of late from members of his own party. (AP Photo/ABC News, Lauren Victoria Burke) Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele made a bad situation worse on Thursday when comments he made during...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 13, 2009; 5:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
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LA-Sen: Vitter's Meltdown

How much electoral trouble will Louisiana Sen. David Vitter be in following his recent airport run in? (AP Photo by Harry Hamburg) The report in Roll Call newspaper yesterday that Sen. David Vitter had engaged in a verbal confrontation...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 12, 2009; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Steele Steps In It (Again)

Less than 24 hours after beating back rumors of a no-confidence vote in his leadership, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is on defense again over an interview he gave with GQ's Lisa DePaulo. The piece, which hit last night,...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 12, 2009; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (229)
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White House Cheat Sheet: Michelle Obama Steps Out

First Lady Michelle Obama raises her profile. Pablo Martinez Monsivais -- AP Michelle Obama will travel to Fort Bragg (N.C.) military base to meet with military families and sit for her first network television interview with ABC's Robin Roberts...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 12, 2009; 5:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Steele's Rocky Road

Michael Steele has had a rocky start to his tenure as chairman of the RNC. By Chris Cillizza and Perry Bacon Jr. The honeymoon period for Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is officially over, with many in the...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 11, 2009; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
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Polling Rush: A Problem or a Passing Fancy?

A new Democratic poll suggests that conservative talk radio show host Rush Limbaugh is an anchor around the ankles of the national Republican Party, eroding its ability to reach out to moderate and independent voters who sided heavily with President...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 11, 2009; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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Wag the Blog: Obama And Earmarks

President Barack Obama will do two seemingly contrary things today: deliver remarks about the need to reform the earmarking process in Congress and then sign an omnibus spending bill with several billions dollars of earmarks contained within it. The...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 11, 2009; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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White House Cheat Sheet: Obama Names Drug Czar

President Obama will name the Seattle, Wash. chief of police as his choice to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) President Obama will name Gil Kerlikowske as the nation's drug czar today, ending a...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 11, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Obama Creates White House Women's Council

Valerie Jarrett will head a new White House women's council. AP photo by Evan Vucci President Obama will sign an executive order tomorrow to establish a White House Council on Women and Girls, according to an administration official familiar...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 10, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Obama's Education Outreach: Will it Work?

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By Chris Cillizza  | March 10, 2009; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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CT-Sen: Dodd's Struggles Continue

Polling shows Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd (D) could be in for a tougher than expected reelection race. (Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg News) UPDATE, 2:52 p.m.: A wise Democratic strategist points out a pro-Dodd element of the Q poll we missed on...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 10, 2009; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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White House Cheat Sheet: Rumblings on the Left?

Is the President Obama losing his grip on the base? White House photo by Pete Souza President Obama has enjoyed a honeymoon of epic proportions with the liberal base of the Democratic Party but that relationship is showing early...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 10, 2009; 5:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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MN-Senate: Will It Ever End?

Norm Coleman and Al Franken, still. Photo by Eric Miller of Reuters) It's been 125 days since Minnesota voters went to the polls to choose between Norm Coleman and Al Franken as their next senator. And yet, the Minnesota...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 9, 2009; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
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Changing of the Guard at DCCC

Jon Vogel, who oversaw the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's massive independent expenditure effort in the 2008 cycle, will take over as executive director of the organization, according to sources familiar with the move. Vogel replaces Brian Wolff, a confidant of...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 9, 2009; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Democratic Party, House  
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Twittering Gibbs

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. AP Photo by Charles Dharapak White House press secretary Robert Gibbs will take the podium in the briefing room today at 1:30 p.m. and the Fix will be at the ready. We'll twitter...

By Paul Volpe  | March 9, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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White House Cheat Sheet: The Politics of Stem Cells

President Obama moves to repeal the Bush administration's ban on stem cell research. AP Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais President Obama will overturn an eight-year old policy that placed restrictions on the use of federal funds for embryonic stem...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 9, 2009; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
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