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The Fix: May 24, 2009 - May 30, 2009

Fix Pick: Gerson's Sage Advice on Sotomayor

As Senate Republicans seek to rein in the conservative commentariat regarding the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor's to the Supreme Court, they would do well to distribute Mike Gerson's piece on the subject in today's Post far and wide.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 29, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (154)
Categories:  Fix Picks , Supreme Court  
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Friday Governors Line: A Waiting Game

It's almost June but the narrative of the 2009/2010 governors races is still largely incomplete. Although there are 37 governorships up between now and next November, there are several major storylines yet to play out, developments that will be critical to which party is better positioned to make gains at the state level in 2010.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 29, 2009; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
Categories:  The Line  
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White House Cheat Sheet: An Eye on the Economic Home Front

President Barack Obama will spend most of the next week traveling abroad -- stops in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Germany are all on the schedule -- but his Administration is making sure voters know they are keeping their eye on the economic ball by dispatching a series of senior officials across the country to continue the salesmanship of the stimulus plan.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 29, 2009; 5:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
Categories:  Morning Fix  
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Sestak Speaks On Strategy

Twenty four hours after his semi-announcement that he would take on Sen. Arlen Specter in next year's Democratic primary, Rep. Joe Sestak laid out his strategy for toppling the incumbent in a conversation with the Fix today.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 28, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Senate  
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Pelosi as Political Liability?

Sensing opportunity, House Republicans have begun a campaign of television and radio ads as well as robocalls into the districts of vulnerable Democrats attempting to link them to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's allegation that the C.I.A. misled her the treatment of terrorist detainees.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 28, 2009; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  House  
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Specter's (Potential) Primary Problem

At first glance, new numbers in the Pennsylvania Senate race paint a rosy picture for new Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 28, 2009; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Senate  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Five Senators to Watch on Sotomayor

Seventy-two hours into the confirmation process of U.S. appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor, there remains little reason to think she will not ultimately be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 28, 2009; 5:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (145)
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Sestak (Likely) In Against Specter

Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak plans to run against Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter in 2010, according to a source close to the Congressman, but those familiar with his thinking caution no announcement is imminent and that he could well change his mind on the race.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 27, 2009; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Senate  
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The Gay Marriage (Polling) Conundrum

On the heels of a decision by California's Supreme Court to uphold a ban on gay marriage in the Golden State comes polling data from USA Today/Gallup that contradicts the conventional wisdom that a majority of the American public is moving closer to acceptance of same-sex unions.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 27, 2009; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (177)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Republican Party  
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Dodd on the Rebound

After enduring months of bad press over his ties to embattled corporate giants Countrywide and AIG, Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd (D) appears to have turned a corner in his uphill battle for re-election in 2010.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 27, 2009; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Senate  
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White House Cheat Sheet: GOP Weighs Strategy on Court Fight

Put aside the back and forth that followed the nomination of appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor by President Barack Obama on Tuesday and you are left with one simple fact: barring some sort of major bombshell regarding Sotomayor (and that is always possible) she is almost certain to be confirmed.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 27, 2009; 5:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (347)
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Prop. 8 Decision Could Bolster Newsom

Today's ruling by the California Supreme Court upholding the state's ban on gay marriages is rightly seen a political victory for the gubernatorial campaign of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, the highest profile supporter of gay marriage in the Golden State.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 26, 2009; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Governors  
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Sotomayor For SCOTUS: What It Means

President Obama's choice of U.S. Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be the next justice on the Supreme Court is a pick heavy with historic significance but also a sign of the confidence the president has in his political standing

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 26, 2009; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (316)
Categories:  Supreme Court  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Obama the Fundraiser

President Barack Obama's trip to Las Vegas today to raise money for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (Nev.) re-election race in 2010 -- the first such event the president has done for a single candidate -- raises questions about just how deeply he and his political team will wade into the coming midterm elections in an effort to boost Democratic Congressional majorities.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 26, 2009; 5:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Wag the Blog Redux: Obama vs Cheney

Thursday's dueling speeches on national security by President Barack Obama and former vice president Dick Cheney illustrated two sharply contrasting views on how the nation should respond to national security threats in the coming years.

By Washington Post editors  |  May 24, 2009; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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