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The Fix: May 10, 2009 - May 16, 2009

Huntsman to China, 2012 Aspirations Fade

The news that Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. will be the ambassador to China for President Barack Obama almost certainly forecloses the possibility that he will be a candidate for national office in 2012.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 16, 2009; 12:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , White House  
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Senate Democrats Lose Top Recruit in NC

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper announced today that he will not challenge Sen. Richard Burr (R) in 201, robbing Democrats of a top recruit in a state President Barack Obama carried in 2008.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 15, 2009; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Senate  
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Friday House Line: The Inaugural 2010 Edition!

Nearly six months into the 2010 election cycle, it's time to unveil our first House Line of the season! House races typically develop slower than do Senate and governor's contests, making handicapping who's in the hot seat more difficult in the early days of an election. But, the tipping point has now been reached and away we go.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 15, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
Categories:  The Line  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Happy Friday!

The White House at sunrise. AP Photo by Ron Edmonds The Fix is off today but no morning would be complete without a little cheating -- in the Cheat Sheet of course. The news you can use is below....

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 15, 2009; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
Categories:  Morning Fix  
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Slow-Hand Fix

The arrival of Fixmom (aka Charlie's grandmother) coupled with a few other long term Fix schemes -- planning for the unveiling of our political Hall of Fame, work on our super-secret project with Dana "D$" Milbank, and early rumblings of a Fix book (!) -- means a bit slower posting schedule for the remainder of this week

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 14, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Pelosi Fuels Fire on Interrogations

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (Calif.) assertion at a press conference this morning that the Bush Administration and the Central Intelligence Agency misled her and the Congress regarding the treatment of suspected terrorists adds further fuel to an issue that has been on a low boil for weeks.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 14, 2009; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (561)
Categories:  House , White House  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Tea Party, Part Deux

Two prominent GOP governors will host a telephonic anti-tax tea party today, an effort organized by the Republican Governors Association to capitalize politically on the outrage expressed in last month's nationwide protests.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 14, 2009; 5:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (129)
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Palin On Prejean

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin re-appeared on the national stage tonight, jumping to the defense of a beauty pageant contestant who has been at the center of a media feeding frenzy in recent days.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 13, 2009; 10:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (201)
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Republican Party  
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The Left Rises Up Against Obama

President Barack Obama's reversal on the release of detainee photos has angered the liberal left, a perceived poke in the eye that has left some questioning Obama's commitment to progressive policies.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 13, 2009; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (189)
Categories:  White House  
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SCOTUS: Does Diversity Matter?

As President Barack Obama and his team of advisers continue to mull his nominee to the Supreme Court in -- maddening -- seclusion, the chatter in Washington about who he should pick (and why) grows by the day.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 13, 2009; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
Categories:  Supreme Court  
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Ensign Extends Iowa Trip

Nevada Sen. John Ensign has added two stops to a scheduled trip to Iowa early next month, a move that will further stoke speculation that he has an eye on running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 13, 2009; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Republican Party  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Commencement Speech Controversy

President Barack Obama travels to Arizona today for the first of three college commencement addresses over the next 10 days, several of which have been marred by controversy.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 13, 2009; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (139)
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Wag the Blog: Understanding Elizabeth Edwards

The recent media tour by Elizabeth Edwards, the wife of former North Carolina Senator and two-time Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, to promote her new book, "Resilience", has stirred up quite a bit of controversy.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 12, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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Can Mitch Daniels Save the GOP?

Indiana Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels delivered a condemnation of the "Baby Boomer" and a call for generational change during a recent commencement address at Butler University, a speech drawing considerable national attention as the Republican party continues its search for fresh faces and new leaders.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 12, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Republican Party  
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White House Cheat Sheet: What Crist Means

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is set to announce his Senate candidacy today, a decision that has a number of implications at the national level from how the Republican party will rebuild to the treacherous political position for governors heading into 2010.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 12, 2009; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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Santorum on Specter: "Arlen is With Us on the Votes That Matter"

As Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) settles into life as a Democrat, an old campaign ad that features then Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) advocating for Specter is making the rounds in Washington.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 11, 2009; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Senate  
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Twittering the White House Daily Briefing

After a weekend filled with political news -- Wanda Sykes, Dick Cheney, health care (oh my!) -- today's daily White House press briefing should be a doozy.

By Paul Volpe  |  May 11, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Twitter Time  
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Madigan Reconsidering Illinois Senate Race

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan remains open to the possibility of running for the Senate in 2010, according to several sources familiar with her thinking.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 11, 2009; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Senate  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Wanda Sykes, Rush Limbaugh and the Politics of Humor

In politics, as in life, there is a fine line between stupid and clever -- to paraphrase the great philosopher (and lead vocalist) David St. Hubbins. The question percolating in Washington as a new week starts is whether comedian Wanda Sykes' shots at conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh at the White House Correspondents Dinner were the former, the latter or somewhere in between.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 11, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (478)
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SNL Does Paterson and Spitzer

What you missed while you were watching the Nerd Prom last night:

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 10, 2009; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Governors  
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