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The Fix: April 5, 2009 - April 11, 2009

Fix Weekend Picks

The best stories of the weekend are listed in the left rail. Check them out!...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 11, 2009; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Friday Line: Primary Colors

It's Good Friday and with the Fix parents coming to visit for Easter, we're taking it slow today as we try to spruce up the house, wedge Charlie into his Easter outfit (he's a big boy) and generally put our lives in order. But, it wouldn't be good Friday without a good Line so at this time of joy and celebration for those of the Christian faith, we thought we would highlight something that should bring joy to all political junkies around the globe: the ten best primary races in the country in 2009 and 2010.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 10, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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White House Cheat Sheet: Polling Polarization

President Obama: Polarizing or popular? AP Photo by Gerald Herbert President Obama was elected overwhelmingly last November thanks, at least in part, to a pledge to do things differently in Washington -- to break down old divisions and get...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 10, 2009; 5:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
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Wag the Blog Redux: NY-20 as Referendum

The (still) unresolved special election in New York's 20th district has lent itself to all sorts of analysis about what the vote meant and why.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 9, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Sanford Fights Back On Stimulus

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is going on offense in his prolonged battle with the Obama Administration over the economic stimulus bill, appearing in a new ad in which he seeks to explain his position to the state's voters.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 9, 2009; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Governors  
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T-Paw's Opportunity

As the never-ending Senate race between former senator Norm Coleman (R) and entertainer Al Franken (D), one politician has emerged unsullied (so far) from the messy proceedings: Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R). Pawlenty has been an increasingly frequent guest on...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 9, 2009; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Governors  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Salesman-in-Chief

President Obama arrived home in Washington early Wednesday morning. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak President Obama, fresh (or maybe a bit jet-lagged) from an eight-day trip abroad, returns to his role as the nation's economic salesman-in-chief today as he hosts a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 9, 2009; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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The Best State Political Blogs

After sifting through hundreds upon hundreds of recommendations that came in via the Fix comment section, Twitter and email, we are finally ready to unveil our list of the best political blogs in each of the 50 states.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 8, 2009; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Coleman Marches On (And On)

Norm Coleman (R) is vowing to fight on in the Minnesota Senate race. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) Former senator Norm Coleman (R) fell further behind in his race against entertainer Al Franken (D) yesterday but vowed to continue to fight...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 8, 2009; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Senate  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Is Gay Marriage Still An Issue?

Gay rights advocates celebrate yesterday's decision in Vermont. AP Photo/Toby Talbot Twin decisions in Iowa and Vermont legalizing gay marriage over the past five days have reinvigorated the debate over same sex unions and raised questions about whether the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 8, 2009; 5:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (125)
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Ill-Sen: Giannoulias Makes a Fundraising Splash

Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias raised more than $1 million for his Senate campaign. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) Illinois state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias staked his claim as the Democratic frontrunner in next year's Senate race by raising more than $1...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 7, 2009; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Senate  
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Mitt Romney's Quiet Campaign

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney doesn't agree with President Barack Obama on much. But, when he does, he's quick to note it. "He's right on somethings," said Romney of the new president. "He was right to abandon the idea of immediate withdrawal from Iraq, he was right to get tough on Afghanistan -- bring more resources there, fire more rockets from drones."

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 7, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  The Rising  
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Obama's Iraq Visit Brings War Back to the Forefront

President Obama's decision to detour from his planned trip home from Turkey today to make a brief stop in Iraq comes amid a series of polls that suggest the conflict has faded as a priority in the minds of most Americans.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 7, 2009; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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White House Cheat Sheet: What's Next?

President Obama returns to America today after eight days abroad. AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici President Obama returns stateside today, concluding a trip abroad that serves as a bookend for a breakneck first eleven weeks in office that has seen his...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 7, 2009; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Wag the Blog Redux: Obama's New Media World

We're way behind in our Wags, so wanted to play a bit of catch-up tonight. In a recent Wag the Blog, we asked you to weigh in on the media strategy President Obama used at his second prime-time conference. Traditionally,...

By Washington Post editors  |  April 6, 2009; 8:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Grading Obama's Trip

President Obama has won strong reviews for his first trip abroad. (AP Photo by Burhan Ozbilici) President Obama won't wrap up his eight-day tour of Europe until tomorrow but early reports suggest that the American public is widely approving...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 6, 2009; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
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Gillibrand's Fundraising Haul (And What It Means)

Appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) announced this morning that she raised $2.3 million for her 2010 election, a show of force aimed at discouraging potential primary opponents from challenging her.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 6, 2009; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Senate  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Obama in the Muslim World

President Obama takes question during a town hall in Strasbourg. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak UPDATE 1:15 p.m.: In his speech before the Turkish parliament today, President Obama condemned the slaughter of thousands of Armenians in the early part of the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 6, 2009; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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