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The Fix: July 12, 2009 - July 18, 2009

Remembering Walter Cronkite

The papers are chock full of wonderful obituaries remembering legendary anchor Walter Cronkite who died yesterday at the age of 92.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 18, 2009; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Bringing Out the Bully Pulpit On Health Care

The news that President Obama will hold a prime time press conference next week and an impromptu address on health care are the two latest pieces of evidence that the White House will lean heavily on the chief executive's personal popularity and magnetism to get a health care bill to his desk.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 17, 2009; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  White House  
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

That's the percentage of Michigan residents who were unemployed in June, according to statistics released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 17, 2009; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
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The Friday Line: Ranking Republican Leaders

The Republican party at present is, in the words of one smart GOP operative, a chorus of voices without a soloist. As such, certain voices rise and others fall over the course of months.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 17, 2009; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Categories:  The Line  
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Mouthpiece Theater: Ball & Chain

After a brief respite, Mouthpiece Theater is back!...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 17, 2009; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Mouthpiece Theater  | Tags: Mouthpiece Theater: Ball & Chain  
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Morning Fix: Winners and Losers, Sotomayor Day 4

And, scene! The confirmation hearings for judge Sonia Sotomayor concluded late Thursday just as the Fix was running out of ways to keep them interesting. With the hearings now at a (merciful) end, we put our heads together with Ben Pershing (of Political Browser fame) to drum up a final list of winners and losers for the final day.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 17, 2009; 5:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (165)
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Hall of Fame: The Case Against Tip O'Neill

Yesterday we made the case for the inclusion of former House Speaker Tip O'Neill in the Fix Political Hall of Fame.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 16, 2009; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Hall of Fame  
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Money Matters: Grading the Campaign Finance Reports

The Fix, as regular readers know, was something of a nerd back in our school days. We loved the work, the reading and -- especially -- the grades. Yes, the grades. Of course, we learned later in life that grades were nothing more than an arbitrary ratings of our performance by an overworked teacher who brought his or her own biases to the grading process.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 16, 2009; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Governors , House , Senate  
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

That's the percentage of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents who have a favorable opinion of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in a new Gallup survey looking at the potential 2012 Republican presidential field.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 16, 2009; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Morning Fix: Winners and Losers, Sotomayor Day Three

Are we there yet? Day three of the confirmation hearings for judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court passed relatively uneventfully as Democrats -- with one notable exception -- largely threw softball questions at the nominee and Republicans rehashed ground that had been well tilled in the previous two days.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 16, 2009; 5:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
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Fix Poll: The Best Job in Politics

Somewhere in the 50th or 60th hour of watching the confirmation hearings of judge Sonia Sotomayor, we lapsed into something of a political daydream about what is the best possible job in politics.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 15, 2009; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Hall of Fame: The Case for Tip O'Neill

Tip O'Neill, the legendary Massachusetts Democratic pol who spent a decade as Speaker of the House, is the third and final nominee for admission into the Fix Political Hall of Fame.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 15, 2009; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Hall of Fame  
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

1,440,000 That's the amount of money Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt (R) raised between April 1 and June 30 for his Senate bid, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission today.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 15, 2009; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Sanford's Implosion Turns S.C. Into 2012 Toss Up

Lost amid the salaciousness of Mark Sanford's disappearance, admission of an affair with an Argentine woman and his description of her as his soul mate (can you believe that happened?), is the fact that the political and personal implosion of the South Carolina governor has effectively thrown the Palmetto State's 2012 presidential primary wide open.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 15, 2009; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Morning Fix: Winners and Losers, Sotomayor Day 2

The second day of Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings ran late but the Fix -- with a major assist from Political Browser's own Ben Pershing -- stayed strong to bring you our winners and losers from Tuesday's proceedings.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 15, 2009; 5:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (213)
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A Bad Week for House Republicans

Twin decisions this week by Reps. Mark Kirk (Ill.) and Jim Gerlach (Pa.) to run for statewide office in 2010 have handed House Republicans a setback as they seek to build momentum heading into next November's election.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 14, 2009; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  House  
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Jim DeMint's Lonely Quest

For his first decade in Congress, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) sought to convert his colleagues to his conservative beliefs through "gentle persuasion" and the sort of go- along-to-get-along collegiality that dominates Capitol Hill.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 14, 2009; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  The Rising  
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

33 That's the percentage of Republicans who said that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has the ability to be an "effective" president in a new CBS News survey in the field earlier this month.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 14, 2009; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Morning Fix: Winners and Losers, Sotomayor Day 1

The confirmation hearings for judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, predictably, blotted out the sun in the political world on Monday -- as it will for as long as the questioning and answering goes on.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 14, 2009; 5:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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Palin's PAC Raises $700,000+

Sarah PAC, the political action committee formed by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin earlier this year to maintain her national profile, raised $733,000 in the first six months of the year, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission today.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 13, 2009; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (174)
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Republican Party  
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IL-Sen: McKenna Clears Way for Kirk

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna said today that he will step aside if Rep. Mark Kirk runs for the Senate, clearing the way for Congressman to claim the GOP nomination.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 13, 2009; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Senate  
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

54 That's the percentage of people who couldn't name a single Supreme Court justice in a recent C-SPAN poll conducted by Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 13, 2009; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Morning Fix: Five Senators to Watch on Sotomayor

The confirmation hearings for judge Sonia Sotomayor's ascension to the Supreme Court begin today at 10 am and, although the drama has largely been drained from the question of will she or won't she be confirmed (barring some disaster she will be on the Court), there is still considerable drama in the proceedings.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 13, 2009; 5:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (149)
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