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The Fix: July 5, 2009 - July 11, 2009

Fix Weekend Poll: The Worst Political Sex Scandal?

In the last year or so, it feels like every other week a politician is admitting that he stepped-out on his wife.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 11, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (121)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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The Line: Not Just For Fridays Any More!

Love the Friday Line? (Who doesn't?) Want to know where things stand in the races for Senate, governor and House every day of the week (and the weekend)?

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 11, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Hall of Fame: The Case Against FDR

Earlier this week we made the case for Franklin Delano Roosevelt's inclusion in the Fix Political Hall of Fame. Today we argue the opposite case.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 10, 2009; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (135)
Categories:  Hall of Fame  
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Kirk Opts Out of Senate Race (Or Maybe He Doesn't)?

Illinois Rep. Mark Kirk (R) will not run for the open seat of Sen. Roland Burris (D) in 2010, a stunning reversal from just 48 hours ago when Kirk signaled to National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) that he would make the race.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 10, 2009; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Senate  
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Friday Governors Line: A Republican Rust Belt Revival?

f you're looking for a place where the Republican comeback -- if there is one -- might happen in 2010, look no further than the Rust Belt. This group of states -- Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania among others -- are among the most economically depressed in the country as the collapse of the manufacturing sector has led to skyrocketing unemployment and financial malaise.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 10, 2009; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
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Morning Fix: Political Pause for Sotomayor Week?

The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin its week-long confirmation hearings of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, an event which, although the outcome is as close to a foregone conclusion as we get in Washington, is certain to blot out the sun in the political world for the next seven days or so.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 10, 2009; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
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Burris To Retire

Illinois Sen. Roland Burris (D) will not seek a full term in 2010, according to an informed Democratic strategist, a decision that was all-but-certain given the appointed Senator's ties to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 9, 2009; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
Categories:  Blagojevich , Senate  
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

45 That's the percent of voters who believe that President Barack Obama lacks a "clear plan for solving this country's problems" in a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll. Since a February CNN poll, that number has risen nine points while those who believe Obama does have a plan to solve the nation's problems has dropped from 64 percent to 53 percent.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 9, 2009; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Ensign Acknowledges Mistress Payment

Nevada Sen. John Ensign has acknowledged that his parents paid his mistress and her family $96,000 in April 2008, according to a statement made by his attorney moment ago.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 9, 2009; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (146)
Categories:  Senate  
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Crist's Bombshell

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) raised better than $4 million in his first quarter of active fundraising for the state's open Senate seat, an eye-popping total that may well effectively end his primary fight against former state House Speaker Marco Rubio.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 9, 2009; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Senate  
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Hall of Fame: The Case for Franklin Delano Roosevelt

When we unveiled the Fix Political Hall of Fame a few weeks ago, e-mails poured in castigating us for not putting former President Franklin Roosevelt in our inaugural class. (Heck, even the Post's Dan Balz beat us up for not putting FDR in on the first ballot.) FDR is regularly ranked as one of the best president of all time -- a recent Gallup poll put him in fourth -- and he spent more time in the White House than any one before or since. So, today we aim to turn those catcalls into meows with our case for why Roosevelt deserves a spot in the hallowed halls.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 9, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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Morning Fix: The White House's Recruiting Struggles

The White House's vaunted political operation has struggled in the early months of the 2010 cycle to convince coveted candidates to make runs for the Senate and to clear out contested primaries for vulnerable incumbents.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 9, 2009; 5:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (118)
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

That's the number of independent voters who approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing, according to Gallup polling conducted over the past month.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 8, 2009; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Most Important Number  
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Fred Malek, Sarah Palin and the Case for Loyalty

Fred Malek is, by his own admission, loyal to a fault. "My strength is loyalty, my downfall is loyalty," Malek acknowledged in a recent interview with the Fix. "I'm the guy who waved goodbye to Nixon from the White House lawn." It that sense of loyalty that has led Malek, a prominent Republican rainmaker, to emerge as the leading defender of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in the wake of the 2008 election where she served as the vice presidential nominee.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 8, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Republican Party  
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Kirk Will Run For Illinois Senate

Just hours after Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan took herself out of the running for the seat held by Sen. Roland Burris (D), Rep. Mark Kirk (R) has begun telling influential folks in Washington that he will make the race.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 8, 2009; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Republican Party , Senate  
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Madigan Declines Senate, Gov Bids

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) will run for re-election to her current post in 2010, according to a Democratic source made aware of her decision, ending months of speculation about whether she might make the leap to a Senate or gubernatorial bid

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 8, 2009; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Senate  
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Morning Fix: House Republican Recruitment Shines

Six months into a world in political Washington totally controlled by Democrats, recruitment efforts for House Republicans are showing promise -- the first evidence, party strategists argue, that the hostile environment toward the GOP over the last few years is turning around.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 8, 2009; 5:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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The Palin Sympathy Effect

New polling from Gallup shows that a majority of Americans believe the media coverage of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) has been unfair, evidence of a swell of sympathy toward the former vice presidential nominee in recent weeks.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 7, 2009; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (236)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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AFL-CIO Likely to Weigh in on PA-Senate

The AFL-CIO will almost certainly weigh in on next year's Pennsylvania Democratic primary between Sen. Arlen Specter and Rep. Joe Sestak, according to the group's secretary treasurer Rich Trumka.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 7, 2009; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

That's the number of days before New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte (R) formally resigns her post and begins to prepare in earnest for a bid for the seat being vacated by Sen. Judd Gregg (R) in 2010. "I have decided to resign as Attorney General in order to explore a campaign for the United States Senate," Ayotte said in a statement today.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 7, 2009; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
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Mouthpiece Theater: Big Fish

The best of Mouthpiece Theater -- the Cillizza-less version!...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 7, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Morning Fix: Senator Al

Al Franken, comedian, satirist, talk show host, author and now Senator. Franken will be sworn in as the second Senator from Minnesota and the 60th Senator to caucus with Democrats later today -- an arrival long in the making and heavy with expectation (both good and bad).

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 7, 2009; 5:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
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The Palin Bombshell: Winners and Losers

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's decision to resign at the end of this month is one of the most surprising, perplexing and just plain fascinating moves from a national politician in recent memory.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 6, 2009; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (402)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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