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The Fix: March 22, 2009 - March 28, 2009

Friday Senate Line: Two Old Bulls in Trouble

Sens. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) face tough 2010 reelection races. The last several weeks have not been kind to two senators -- one Democrat, one Republican -- who came to Congress together nearly three decades ago....

By Chris Cillizza  | March 27, 2009; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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White House Cheat Sheet: Obama Goes (Mostly) All In in NY

President Obama is putting his political capital on the line in a New York special election. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite President Obama is putting his political capital on the line in a New York special election, cutting an ad...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 27, 2009; 5:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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DNC Enters the Fray in NY-20

The Democratic National Committee and the Obama White House are doubling down in a New York special election with a new ad in which the president offers an endorsement of Democrat Scott Murphy. Obama himself does not appear in the...

By Paul Volpe  | March 26, 2009; 8:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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President Obama, Back on the Trail

In his online town hall today at the White House President Obama drew on the lessons he learned on the campaign trail to help move his legislative agenda forward in Congress. The event, which included questions submitted online (and via...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 26, 2009; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Wag the Blog: Obama's New Media World

President Obama took a different approach to his second prime-time press conference. (Richard Lipski / TWP) The biggest story coming out of President Obama's prime-time press conference earlier this week wasn't his defense of his economic plans or his...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 26, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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White House Cheat Sheet: The Budget Players

President Obama must find a way to convince Congress to pass his budget. AP Photo/Ron Edmonds Having concluded a week-long public relations campaign to sell the country on his budget proposal, President Obama now begins the inside game of...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 26, 2009; 6:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Limbaugh An Issue in New York Special

Democrats are seeking to use conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh to rally their base in advance of next week's special election in New York's 20th district. Scott Murphy's new campaign mailer draws Rush Limbaugh into the Ny-20 special election. View...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 25, 2009; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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Fix Chat: The Politics of Obama's Economic Vision

The Fix and the Atlantic's Megan McArdle are taking part in a live online chat -- moderated by NPR's David Gura -- today at 2:45 p.m. Thanks to some handy-dandy technology, you can follow our conversation below. If you have...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 25, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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PA-Sen: Polls Spell Trouble For Specter

Polls indicate former Rep. Pat Toomey is putting forth a strong challenge to five-term incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania. Less than 24 hours after Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) announced his opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act, two...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 25, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Republican Party, Senate  
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Obama Endorses Murphy in NY-20

President Obama is seeking to mobilize his grassroots army in support of businessman Scott Murphy's candidacy in the New York special election, a move Democrats hope will deliver them a come-from-behind victory next Tuesday. "On Tuesday....voters will have a chance...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 25, 2009; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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White House Cheat Sheet: Grading Obama's Media Blitz

President Obama has spent the last six days selling his economic plans to the country. (AP Photo by Gerald Herbert) President Obama's prime-time press conference last night concluded a whirlwind, multimedia blitz designed to quiet criticism over executive bonuses...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 25, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Obama Prime-Time Presser: First Thoughts

President Obama during tonight's live prime-time press conference. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) President Obama's second prime-time press conference since taking office is in the books. We live Twittered the proceedings but also managed to take a few notes...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 24, 2009; 9:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Twittering Obama's Primetime Presser

President Barack Obama will take to a podium in the East room of the White House to answer reporters' questions tonight at 8 p.m. eastern time and the Fix will be there -- figuratively. Literally we will be in...

By Paul Volpe  | March 24, 2009; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Specter To Oppose Employee Free Choice Act

Arlen Specter's decision to oppose the Employee Free Choice Act almost certainly could help him fend off a primary challenge in 2010. (Post Photo by Richard A. Lipski) Sen. Arlen Specter's (R-Pa.) decision to vote against the Employee Free...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 24, 2009; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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NY-20 Special: Five Things To Watch

Business Scott Murphy (D) (left) and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R) find themselves in a tight race for the NY-20 seat going into the final week of campaigning. (AP Photos) The special election in New York's 20th district is just...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 24, 2009; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Democratic Party, House, Republican Party  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Obama In Primetime

President Obama faces down reporters tonight in a prime-time press conference. AP Photo by J. Scott Applewhite President Obama will take questions from reporters during prime time tonight, the first time he has faced a group of journalists in...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 24, 2009; 5:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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Conservative Group Hammers Obama on AIG

American Issues Project, a conservative-aligned outside group, plans to spend more than $500,000 on ads that slam President Barack Obama and his Administration over the bonuses being paid out to AIG executives. "The Obama Administration says it's shocked, shocked...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 23, 2009; 5:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Republican Party, White House  
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DLC: Dead or Reborn?

Bill Clinton's presidency marked the high water mark for the Democratic Leadership Council. (AP Photo/Mike Wintroath) The recent retirement of Democratic Leadership Council chief executive Al From and the decoupling of the DLC and the Progressive Policy Institute, its...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 23, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Democratic Party  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Geithner, Take Two

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner gets a second chance to make a first impression? (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) UPDATE 11:15 a.m.: The anger on the liberal left toward Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner continues to grow -- this time in the form...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 23, 2009; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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