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

Friday Line: Ten Republicans To Watch

Republicans continue to search for the right spokesman (or spokeswoman) to effectively counter President Obama's message machine. As we wrote earlier this week, the lack of an obvious counter to Obama allows controversial (and divisive) figures like former vice president...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 20, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
Categories:  The Line  
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The Fix: New and Improved

With a new year, a new administration and a new member of the Fix family, we thought now would be the right time to debut the new Fix look (and we are not talking about my haircut). As you can...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 20, 2009; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Geithner's Big Weekend

This weekend is a critical one for Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. Photo by Bill O'Leary of the Washington Post Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, under fire for his handling of the bonuses paid to AIG executives, faces a critical weekend...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 20, 2009; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Wag the Blog Redux: Should Geithner Stay or Go?

Is Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's job safe? AP Photo by Ron Edmonds The fate of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner remains a hot topic of discussion in Washington as the political fallout from the AIG bonuses fiasco begins to be...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 19, 2009; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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Cuomo Emerges Amid AIG Disaster

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has emerged as a star of the AIG mess. As President Obama and his administration continue to struggle to find solutions to the brouhaha over bonuses at AIG, New York State Attorney General...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 19, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Governors  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Obama and Leno

Jay Leno will be at the center of the political world tonight. (Reuters/Danny Moloshok) President Obama's much anticipated appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" -- the first such visit by a sitting president -- comes at a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 19, 2009; 5:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (196)
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GOP Candidate Uses AIG in NY-20 Ad Campaign

Even as House members grilled AIG CEO Edward Liddy today on Capitol Hill, the bonuses paid out by the insurance giant to its executives have become an issue in a hotly contested House race in Upstate New York. In...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 18, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  House  
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RNC Releases February $ Numbers

The Republican National Committee raised just over $5 million in February and cut spending by roughly 40 percent as compared to the first month of the year, according to figures released by the committee this afternoon. The RNC collected $5.1...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 18, 2009; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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Bayh's Centrist Gambit

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh has emerged as a leading Democratic critic of President Obama. AP Photo by Alex Brandon Evan Bayh's announcement this morning on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that he and 14 other Democratic senators had begun to meet...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 18, 2009; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Senate  
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Wag the Blog: Should Geithner Stay or Go?

Is Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's job safe? AP Photo by Ron Edmonds The White House's decision to release a time line of when President Obama and his senior aides discovered that bonuses were being paid out to AIG executives...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 18, 2009; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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White House Cheat Sheet: Cleaning Up the AIG Mess

President Obama heads west amid growing controversy surrounding AIG. AP Photo/Jim R. Bounds President Obama heads to the West Coast for two days today even as his administration seeks to tamp down an increasing furor over the bonuses given...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 18, 2009; 5:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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Jon Stewart: Media Powerhouse or Rank Partisan?

Jon Stewart's influence is a point of much debate of late. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images The clash between "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart and "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer has, yet again, raised the question of just how...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 17, 2009; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (125)
 
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The Protecters of the Palin Brand

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has put together a group of "brand managers" as she prepares for 2012. (AP Photo/Al Grillo) There is no brand in Republican politics as powerful -- or as tenuous -- as that of Alaska Gov....

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 17, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (149)
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Republican Party  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Republicans' Vacuum Problem

Former vice president Dick Cheney's reemergence could hurt his party. Photo by KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images Former vice president Dick Cheney's controversial comments regarding President Obama's policies -- and the harsh response they drew from the White House -- highlight...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 17, 2009; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Wag the Blog Redux: Obama's Earmarking Approach

President Barack Obama's address on earmark reform last week prompted questions about his decision to sign a a $410 billion omnibus spending billthat included several billions of dollars of earmarks. "I am signing an imperfect omnibus bill because it is...

By Washington Post editors  |  March 16, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Twittering Gibbs

It's a new week in Washington and what better way to kick it off than to Twitter today's press briefing with White House spokesman Robert Gibbs? If you love wry commentary about politics sprinkled with Simpsons references and the Fix's...

By Paul Volpe  |  March 16, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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CT-Sen: Simmons Is In

Former Rep. Rob Simmons (R) is challenging Sen. Chris Dodd (D). AP Photo/Fred Beckham Former Rep. Rob Simmons will challenge embattled Sen. Chris Dodd next November, a recruiting success for national Republicans who believe that the Connecticut Democrat has...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 16, 2009; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Republican Party , Senate  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Organizing for America Ramps Up

The White House. Photo by Brendan Hoffman -- Getty Images Photo In today's paper, we report that President Obama and his allies at the Democratic National Committee are ramping up their efforts to convince wavering lawmakers to support his...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 15, 2009; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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