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The Fix: April 19, 2009 - April 25, 2009

Murphy Wins NY-20

Venture capitalist Scott Murphy (D) won the special election in New York's 20th district today after state Assemblyman Joe Tedisco (R) conceded the contest. "Earlier today, I called and congratulated Scott Murphy on a hard-fought contest and wished him well...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 24, 2009; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  House  
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Friday Senate Line: Fading Incumbents

Incumbency in politics is a very strong thing. Holding elective office means access to skilled staff, a treasure trove of campaign cash and the sort of name identification with voters that money can't buy. And so, it's a somewhat remarkable development that the three top Senate races in this month's Line are all held by incumbent Senators.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 24, 2009; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  The Line  
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Palin, Fundraising Firm Part Ways

Campaign Solutions, a Republican consulting firm advising Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's political action committee, has parted ways with the former vice presidential nominee.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 24, 2009; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Obama's Swing-State Road Show

When President Barack Obama commemorates his 100th day in office next Wednesday with a townhall meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, it will mark the eleventh state he has visited during the early months of his presidency -- nearly every one of which is expected to be hotly contested in his 2012 re-election race.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 24, 2009; 5:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Morning Fix  
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Secession Divides Texas Republicans

n a new survey by Research 2000 for the liberal Daily Kos blog, Texas voters were asked whether the Lone Star State would be better off as an "independent nation" or as part of the United States. Overall, more than six in ten chose the latter option. (No big surprise there.) But, among Republicans, 48 percent said it would be better for Texas if the state was an independent nation -- the same number who said they would prefer the state remain a part of the United States.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 23, 2009; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Governors , Republican Party  
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Parsing the Polls: Obama on the Right Track

A new Associated Press poll that shows more Americans believe the country is headed in the right direction than is off on the wrong track for the first time in seven years lands in the political arena at just the right time for President Barack Obama.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 23, 2009; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Parsing the Polls  
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John Ensign's Unapologetic Critique

John Ensign wants to make one thing very clear: he's not sorry for saying it was "irresponsible" of President Barack Obama to be seen laughing with Venezuelan Hugo Chavez at last week's Summit of the Americas.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 23, 2009; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
Categories:  The Rising  
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White House Cheat Sheet: What Ellen Moran's Departure Means (And Doesn't)

The sudden departure of White House communications director Ellen Moran earlier this week has set off a debate among Washington insiders about what it means for a White House on the verge of cresting the 100 day barrier in office. Seeking to cut through the clutter, the Fix spoke with a number of knowledgeable people -- both inside and outside the White House -- to get the straight scoop on why Moran left and what it says about the Administration's message machine.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 23, 2009; 5:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Matt Drudge -- Nowhere Man?

Loyal Fix readers know that we follow the movements of one Matt Drudge -- and his eponymous website -- quite closely. Why? Because, despite any number of critics both on this blog and across the media sphere more generally, Drudge's link site remains a powerhouse of political news influence -- driving and influencing coverage particularly on cable television. If you doubt that statement, go back and trace where the hubbub over the handshake between Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and President Barack Obama began.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 22, 2009; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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Coach K Evaluates Obama

Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski praised President Barack Obama's "ability to inspire" but urged him to "run a fast break not hold the ball" in an interview this morning on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 22, 2009; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  White House  
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White House Cheat Sheet: The Gore-acle's Influence

Former Vice President Al Gore has emerged as a key behind-the-scenes counselor to the White House and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate on a variety of issues including his trademark push to curb global warming.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 22, 2009; 5:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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Wag the Blog Redux: Did the Tea Parties Succeed?

In last week's Wag the Blog, you were asked to weigh in on the effectiveness of the tea parties launched by conservative activists nationwide to protest the growth of government under President Barack Obama.

By Washington Post editors  |  April 21, 2009; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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Can Republicans Win Back Congress in 2010?

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) said in a recent interview that Republicans retaking the majority is not entirely out of the question in the 2010 midterm elections. "I'm very confident we will pick up seats midterm if we do the necessary work of finding good candidates," Cantor said. "I don't remove the prospect that we could take the majority back in 2010." Is this simply spin from a House Republican leader who needs to say something to keep his members and the party's grassroots base engaged? Or is there a real chance for a Republican House in 2010? The answer is it depends.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 21, 2009; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (123)
Categories:  House , Republican Party  
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Romney's Critique of the Obama Foreign Policy

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is joining the chorus of Republican critics on how President Barack Obama is handling foreign policy, penning an op-ed this morning in National Review that describes the president as a "timid" on the world stage.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 21, 2009; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (158)
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , White House  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Cheney Keeps on Swinging

Dick Cheney continued his one-man assault on President Barack Obama, issuing a broad condemnation of the White House -- from its handling of the CIA interrogation memos to the handshake with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez -- during an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity last night.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 21, 2009; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (174)
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Parsing the Polls: Big (Bad) Government?

There will -- no doubt -- be any number of national issues in play in the 2010 midterm elections but the largest, we believe, will believe the battle between growing and shrinking government.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 20, 2009; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Parsing the Polls  
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Twittering the White House Briefing

Starting at around 1:30 pm today, the Fix will be live twittering the press conference. Want to follow our observations, witticisms and arcana? Sign up for "TheHyperFix" Twitter feed or simply scroll down in this post for the ten most recent tweets.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 20, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Twitter Time  
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The Axelrod Inner Circle

As Jeff Zeleny of the New York Times first reported, Axelrod hasn't left his political life entirely behind -- convening a biweekly meeting at his apartment in Washington to hear from a core group of former campaign consultants and aides to ensure the Administration is striking the right political tone. The membership of that Axelrod inner circle has largely been kept quiet -- until now. Below you'll find the regular attendees of the Wednesday evening gatherings with the caveat that the membership is somewhat fluid and at any given time can shrink or grow depending on schedules.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 20, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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White House Cheat Sheet: Grading Obama's Cabinet

President Obama will convene his full Cabinet -- sans Health and Human Services Secretary designate Kathleen Sebelius who remains unconfirmed -- later this morning, bringing together the group for the first time since he took office in January.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 20, 2009; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Weekend Fix Picks: The WaPo Edition

Thumbing through the Post this morning -- yes, we still get the paper delivered -- we came across a bunch of great stories. If you have time today, check them out. You can also find them listed on the left...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 19, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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