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The Fix: May 31, 2009 - June 6, 2009

Mouthpiece Theater Debuts!

The day has arrived. Mouthpiece Theater is here!

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 5, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Mouthpiece Theater  
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The Friday Line: Ranking Republican Leaders

The tectonic plates of Republican politics are shifting steadily these days

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 5, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (118)
Categories:  The Line  
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What To Watch For: Obama at Landstuhl, Pelosi on China and Newt!

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 5, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (149)
Categories:  What To Watch For  
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Morning Fix: Schweitzer, Rendell and the Endorsement Hierarchy

Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe will receive two prominent endorsements of his Virginia gubernatorial candidacy today from Democratic Governors Association Chairman Brian Schweitzer (Mont.) and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 5, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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Schweitzer To Endorse McAuliffe

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, will endorse former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe's (Va.) gubernatorial primary bid tomorrow in northern Virginia, according to sources familiar with the move.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 4, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Governors  
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Obama's Muslim Speech: First Thoughts

President Obama speaks in Cairo this morning. Getty Images. President Obama delivered his long awaited speech in Cairo, Egypt early this morning, calling for a "new beginning" to relations between America and the Muslim world and seeking to emphasize...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 4, 2009; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (329)
Categories:  White House  
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What To Watch For: Obama's Muslim Speech, Sotomayor and the Senate, Lakers-Magic

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 4, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  What To Watch For  
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Morning Fix: Are Primaries A Good Thing?

Two Northeastern states are headed toward competitive Senate primaries in 2010, contests that will road-test the idea that intraparty squabbles do more harm than good.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 4, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Norm For Gov?

In the wake of Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's (R) decision not to seek a third term and the dearth of obvious Republican replacements for him, some operatives have floated the idea that former Sen. Norm Coleman might transition into the governor's race if he winds up losing his legal challenges in the Senate contest.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 3, 2009; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Governors , Senate  
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Should Sarah Palin Run For Reelection?

If Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin wants to be a serious contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, she should not run for a second term as chief executive of the Last Frontier.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 3, 2009; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (255)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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What To Watch For: A Video Guide to the Day in Political Washington

Need a handle on the most important things happening in politics every day? We've got you covered. Starting today, we are pulling our "What To Watch For" daily video segment out of the Morning Fix and making it a stand-alone post with three distinct events to watch each day: one in the morning, one in the afternoon and one (you guessed it!) in the evening

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 3, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  What To Watch For  
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Morning Fix: Should GOP Head Down Populist Path?

Republicans, out of power at every turn in Washington and looking for a path back to the White House, might do well to follow the populist approaches embodied by two of the party's rare success stories in recent years: Govs. Tim Pawlenty (Minn.) and Mitch Daniels (Ind.)

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 3, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (201)
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Introducing "Political Theater"

For a few months now, the Fix and Dana "Money Man" Milbank have been toiling away in a secret undisclosed location (aka the basement of the Post building) working on something so radical, so revolutionary, so righteous that we weren't sure it would ever see the light of day.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 2, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Pawlenty To Retire With An Eye on 2012

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) will not seek a third term in 2010, clearing the way for an expected bid for the 2012 presidential nomination, according to sources close to the governor.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 2, 2009; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (166)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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McHugh to Be Army Secretary, Special Election Looms

New York Rep. John McHugh is President Barack Obama's choice to be the new Secretary of the Army, a decision likely to set off an extremely competitive special election for the Republican's 23rd district House seat.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 2, 2009; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  House , White House  
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Morning Fix: GOP Faces Demographic Dilemma

Quick -- think of the three faces of the Republican party. Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich immediately come to mind. What do all men have in common? They are over 50 years old, male, white and staunchly conservative.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 2, 2009; 5:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (357)
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Coleman Campaign: 'Very Encouraged' by Supreme Court Hearing

Ben Ginsberg, lead counsel for former Sen. Norm Coleman's campaign, said he was "very encouraged" by the oral arguments of the Minnesota Republican's state Supreme Court challenge to the results of the 2008 election that appear to show Democrat Al Franken winning by 312 votes.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 1, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
Categories:  Senate  
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Romney Condemns Obama's 'Tour of Apology'

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) roundly condemned the approach President Barack Obama has taken to redefining America to the world, describing it as a "tour of apology" in a speech to the conservative Heritage Foundation today.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 1, 2009; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (406)
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Republican Party  
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Steve Israel: A Door Closes, a Window Opens?

In politics, sometimes a step back can eventually lead to two steps forward. New York Rep. Steve Israel (D) is hoping that axiom is true of his own career, which, until a few weeks ago was heading toward a challenge to appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) in 2010.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 1, 2009; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  The Rising  
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Morning Fix: Democrats Hammer GOP on Stimulus

House Democrats are launching a coordinated campaign of radio ads and phone calls into the districts of six Republican Members seeking to turn their opposition to President Obama's economic stimulus package into a major political liability.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 1, 2009; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
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