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The Fix: May 3, 2009 - May 9, 2009

Twittering Nerd Prom

Tonight is the biggest annual event of the year in Washington: the White House Correspondents Dinner!

All sorts of celebrities turn out and reporters and politicians gawk at them. And, armed only with an iPhone and our wits, the Fix will be doing some twittering from tonight's dinner -- trying to give Fixistas the sights, sounds and smells (you never know) from the event the incomparable Ana Marie Cox has dubbed "Nerd Prom".

By Paul Volpe  |  May 9, 2009; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Twitter Time  
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The Fix Personality Page

It's confirmed: the Fix has a personality. A personality page, that is -- the latest creation of the tech wizards at the Post to feature tours truly.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 8, 2009; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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The Line: The Republican Influencers

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge's no-go Senate decision on Thursday robbed Republicans of a potentially appealing face to lead their party back to relevancy in 2010.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 8, 2009; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (115)
Categories:  The Line  
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The Fix Chats Live

Always wanted to give the Fix a piece of your mind? Now's your chance. We'll be chatting live online starting at 11 a.m. You can submit questions in advance or just follow the chat in real time.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 8, 2009; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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White House Cheat Sheet: Obama's Latino Courtship

Today's Spanish-language town hall meeting hosted by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is the latest evidence of the White House's active courtship of Latinos -- the nation's largest minority group and a (still) sleeping giant in electoral politics.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 8, 2009; 5:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Ridge: "We Have To Be Less Judgmental"

Fresh off his decision not to run for the Senate in 2010, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge told Philadelphia-based radio talk show host Michael Smerconish this afternoon that the GOP needs to be "less judgmental" in order to reclaim their majority status in the country.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 7, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Republican Party  
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Ridge Out, Democratic Prospects Brighten

Former Gov. Tom Ridge has removed himself out of consideration as a challenger to Sen. Arlen Specter (D) next fall, a decision that significantly brightens Democratic prospects of holding the seat.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 7, 2009; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  Senate  
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McConnell's Stealth Gitmo Campaign

As the Republican party continues to struggle to find a voice to match that of President Barack Obama, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is doing everything he can to elevate the president's decision to close the Guantanamo Bay prison facility into a winning issue for the GOP.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 7, 2009; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Republican Party , Senate  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Sifting Through the Specter Damage

A series of odd incidents that have proceeded from Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's party switch last week have raised questions about whether the newest Democrat has permanently damaged himself in the eyes of the state's voters.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 7, 2009; 5:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (270)
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Wag the Blog Redux: Do Primaries Help or Hurt?

Yesterday's announcement that former Florida state House Speaker Marco Rubio will challenge Florida governor Charlie Crist, if, as expected, Crist runs for the state's Senate seat, opened the door for discussion about the nature of political primaries.

By Washington Post editors  |  May 6, 2009; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Polling the Torture Debate

New poll data out of CNN suggests that most Americans believe the harsh interrogation techniques used by CIA interrogators was torture but are far more divided about whether or not they approve or disapprove of those techniques.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 6, 2009; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  White House  
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Arlen Specter and the Perils of Party Switching

Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's first week as a Democrat can't have gone as he had planned it.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 6, 2009; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Senate  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Republican Recruiting Recovering

Republicans, out of power in Washington and struggling badly to find new leaders to match President Barack Obama at the national level, are on the verge of a series of recruiting successes in the early days of the 2010 election that suggest their electoral prospects may be -- slowly -- improving.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 6, 2009; 5:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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Huntsman Rising, Weaver Advising

Less than 24 hours after Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman's national profile received a nice -- and unexpected -- boost from the man who managed President Obama's 2008 campaign, comes words that John Weaver is providing strategic guidance to the governor.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 5, 2009; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Republican Party  
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Wag the Blog: Do Primaries Help or Hurt?

Today's announcement by Florida state House Speaker Marco Rubio that he will challenge Gov. Charlie Crist for the Republican Senate nomination is the latest in a series of terrific primaries on tap for next year.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 5, 2009; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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Conservatives Move To Set Tone on Court Fight

With recent news reports suggesting that President Barack Obama is moving quickly to fill the vacancy created by Supreme Court Justice David Souter's retirement, a leading conservative legal group has released a memo suggesting that the process be slowed down.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 5, 2009; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
Categories:  Supreme Court  
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Rubio's Running in Florida Senate

Former state House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) will run for the open seat being vacated by Sen. Mel Martinez (R), setting up a near-certain primary fight with popular Gov. Charlie Crist next year.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 5, 2009; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Senate  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Confirmation Politics 101

The search for the man (or woman) who will replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter began in earnest Monday as President Barack Obama placed calls to Sens. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Pa.) to sound them out on the process.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 5, 2009; 7:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Palin To Be Part of National Council

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be part of the National Council for a New America, an attempt by leaders in Congress and potential 2012 presidential candidates to rebrand the struggling party.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 4, 2009; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Republican Party  
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The Rise and Fall of John Edwards

The news that former Sen. John Edwards is under federal investigation for the possibility that campaign dollars were used as hush money for his mistress is simply the latest blow to a politician who rose faster and fell harder than almost anyone in recent history.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 4, 2009; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
Categories:  Democratic Party  
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Can Specter Be Beaten?

Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's party switch last week brought endorsements and promises of support from the highest ranks of the Democratic party from President Barack Obama to Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 4, 2009; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Senate  
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Twittering Gibbs

What better way to kick off a rainy week in Washington than with the sunny White House press secretary Robert Gibbs?

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 4, 2009; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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White House Cheat Sheet: Republicans Redouble Re-Branding Efforts

National Republican leaders gathered in Northern Virginia over the weekend for the first in a series of town halls designed to begin the long process of re-making the GOP's badly tattered image.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 4, 2009; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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