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The Fix: April 26, 2009 - May 2, 2009

Is Jim Bunning Running?

The political future of Kentucky Republican Sen. Jim Bunning grows curiouser and curiouser.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 1, 2009; 6:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Republican Party , Senate  
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Friday Governors Line: The Roots of a Republican Resurgence?

If there is a bright spot for Republicans as they look to future elections, it is in governors races. There are 38 races up for grabs between now and November 2010 and Democrats currently hold 21 of the governorships including a number in Republican-friendly states like Kansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 1, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  The Line  
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Souter Retirement: Republican Opportunity or Uh-Oh?

The retirement of Supreme Court Justice David Souter comes at a time when the national Republican party finds itself in a state of flux -- caught between an establishment wing who is seeking to re-brand it to make it more attractive to independents and a conservative base that wants a return to the roots.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 1, 2009; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (128)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Souter Retirement (Further) Roils Political Landscape

The news that Supreme Court Justice David Souter is planning to retire as early as next month is likely to set off a massive campaign-style fight over the man or woman that President Obama nominates to fill the vacant slot...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 1, 2009; 12:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Morning Fix  
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Anita Dunn Heads to the White House

Anita Dunn, a democratic media consultant and adviser to President Obama during the campaign, has been named the interim communications director at the White House.

By Paul Volpe  |  April 30, 2009; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  White House  
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Obama Assertive on Auto Industry

President Barack Obama's decision to personally announce the news that Chrysler and Fiat have formed a partnership that will save an American automaker is a recognition of just how much stake -- both financially and politically -- he has in the success and survival of the Big Three.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 30, 2009; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  White House  
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Palin Likely to Be a Part of National Council

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin his one of the few "movement" conservatives mentioned as part of the new GOP branding effort. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is expected to play a role in the National Council for a New...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 30, 2009; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Republican Party  
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1,000 Words: The Winners

Yesterday we asked Fixistas to offer their best caption for the photo above -- taken early Wednesday morning at the White House featuring President Barack Obama and Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.), the newest member of the Democratic Party.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 30, 2009; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  1,000 Words  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Obama Beloved, Policies Be-Liked

President Barack Obama enters his second 100 days in office riding a wave of likability but potentially plagued by an undercurrent of dissatisfaction with the policies he has put in place.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 30, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Obama's 100 Days Presser: First Thoughts

President Barack Obama's primetime press conference to commemorate his 100th day in office is over. We live twittered the event at "TheHyperFix" but also managed to take a few notes on the broader themes that the president was hoping to push tonight. Our first thoughts on the presser are below. We reserve the right to revise and extend them once we've had a good night's sleep and more than a half a bowl of drunken noodles to eat for dinner.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 29, 2009; 9:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
Categories:  White House  
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Twittering the President's Prime-Time Presser

President Barack Obama will mark his 100th day in office with a prime-time press conference tonight and the Fix will be there! Well, not actually. We'll be ensconced within the heart (bowels?) of the Post newsroom -- eating bad food...

By Paul Volpe  |  April 29, 2009; 5:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Twitter Time  
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100 Days Winners and Losers (Continued)

The first 100 days of the Obama Administration have produced any numbers of winners and losers. We took a first crack at highlighting the winningest winners and losingest losers earlier this morning in our White House Cheat Sheet but since then the suggestions have been pouring in -- and we've thought of a few more in the interim.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 29, 2009; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Governors , House , Republican Party , Senate , White House  
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1,000 Words: Obama and Specter

Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter and President Obama at an appearance this morning. (Gerald Martineau- TWP) President Obama kicked off his 100 days celebration by appearing with party-switching Sen. Arlen Specter this morning, the day after the Pennsylvania Republican announced...

By Paul Volpe  |  April 29, 2009; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
Categories:  1,000 Words  
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White House Cheat Sheet: 100 Days Winners and Losers

On President Barack Obama's 100th day in office, it's clear he has won far more than he has lost during his short time in the White House.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 29, 2009; 5:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (113)
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Specter's Switch: Unanswered Questions

The news that Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter will switch parties and run as a Democrat in 2010 has stirred the political world in a frenzy with everyone trying to understand why he did it and what it means for President Obama's agenda and next November's midterm elections.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 28, 2009; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Republican Party , Senate  
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Specter To Switch Parties

UPDATED, 2:10 p.m. Continue following the story here. Original Post Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter will switch his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat and announced today that he will run in 2010 as a Democrat, according to a statement he...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 28, 2009; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (564)
Categories:  Senate  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Swine Flu Snafu?

With less than 24 hours before President Barack Obama celebrates his 100th day in office, the wall-to-wall coverage of the swine flu threatens to swamp efforts out of the White House to frame the president's accomplishments.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 28, 2009; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
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The Republican Shrinkage Problem

The new Washington Post/ABC news poll has all sorts of intriguing numbers in it but when you are looking for clues as to where the two parties stand politically there is only one number to remember: 21. That's the percent of people in the Post/ABC survey who identified themselves as Republicans, down from 25 percent in a late March poll and at the lowest ebb in this poll since the fall of 1983 (!).

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 27, 2009; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
Categories:  Parsing the Polls , Republican Party  
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Crist Nears a Senate Decision

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is expected to announce his decision on the Senate race by May 5 with several informed sources suggesting to the Fix that he is a near-lock to run for the seat being vacated by Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.).

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 27, 2009; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Senate  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Obama's Tough Call on Torture

President Obama finds himself in a difficult political position with regard to the harsh treatment of prisoners during the Bush administration -- stuck between his own natural inclination to look forward and focus on the struggling economy and a Democratic base that believes strongly that congressional hearings and prosecutions are a necessity.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 27, 2009; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Morning Fix  | Tags: CIA, Obma, torture  
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