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The Fix: July 19, 2009 - July 25, 2009

Hall of Fame: FDR in a Landslide!

In a landslide reminiscent of his defeat of Alf Landon in the 1936 presidential election, Franklin Delano Roosevelt crushed the competition to become the first inductee of the Fix Political Hall of Fame voted in by the people.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 24, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  Hall of Fame  
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

76 That's the percentage of conservative Republican voters who have a favorable opinion of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 24, 2009; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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Friday Senate Line: Democrats' Demographic Edge

The last month has been kind to Senate Republicans. Top tier candidates in Illinois and New Hampshire have decided to run on the Republican and primaries have grown clearer -- or at least less messy -- in Missouri and Florida.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 24, 2009; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  The Line  
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Mouthpiece Theater: Little Blue Pill

President Barack Obama on the blue pill and the red pill, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) at Waterloo and the tales of two Steves.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 24, 2009; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Morning Fix: A One-Month Sprint on Health Care

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's decision to postpone a final vote on President Barack Obama's health care proposal until September sets up a one-month campaign sprint between allies and opponents of the legislation over Congress' August recess.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 24, 2009; 5:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
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Gates-gate: Controversy Grows

A seemingly innocuous answer by President Barack Obama in response to a question at last night's press conference regarding the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. has spawned a national controversy that threatens to overshadow the chief executive's messaging on the urgency of health care reform.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 23, 2009; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (321)
Categories:  White House  
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Wag the Blog: What Does 2009 Mean for 2010?

With just over 100 days left before voters in New Jersey and Virginia head to the polls to pick their governors, Republicans have a legitimate chance of picking up both of the seats.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 23, 2009; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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DeMint To Face a Democratic Challenge?

On the same day that President Barack Obama used Sen. Jim DeMint's now infamous "Waterloo" comment to castigate those who play politics with health care reform, a top official at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee was sitting down with a possible challenge to the Republican in 2010.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 23, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Senate  
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

That's the percentage of Connecticut voters who believe Sen. Chris Dodd (D) is "honest and trustworthy", according to new poll data in the Nutmeg State released today by Quinnipiac University.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 23, 2009; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Morning Fix: All Obama Press Conference, All the Time

President Barack Obama talks about the state of American health-care reform at a news conference in the East Room of the White House. Photo by Marvin Joseph of the Washington Post The Fix spent last night tweeting and analyzing...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 23, 2009; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Obama Press Conference: First Thoughts

President Barack Obama used a prime time press conference tonight to issue a facts and figures-filled defense of his policies on health care and the economy, policies that have drawn significant criticism from Republicans, and even some Democrats, in recent weeks.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 22, 2009; 9:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
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Live Tweeting Tonight's Presser

President Barack Obama will hold the fourth prime time press conference of his presidency this evening at 8 p.m., taking the podium at a critical time for his Administration with questions over the efficacy of his approach on health care and the economy being raised in earnest for the first time.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 22, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

20 That's the number of Democrats who backed an amendment offered by Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) that would have allowed gun owners to carry guns across state lines as long as the state's laws allowed weapons to be concealed and carried.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 22, 2009; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Can Pat Toomey Win?

For months, the prevailing wisdom among smart strategists has been that former Pennsylvania Rep. Pat Toomey (R) can't win the Senate seat in 2010 regardless of whether Sen. Arlen Specter or Rep. Joe Sestak is the Democratic nominee.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 22, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Senate  
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Morning Fix: Thune Enters Stage Right

South Dakota Sen. John Thune will step into the national spotlight today when the Senate votes on his controversial measure to allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 22, 2009; 5:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
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Report: Palin Misused Legal Defense Fund

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) may have misused a legal defense fund, according to a report obtained by the Associated Press.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 21, 2009; 6:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Republican Party  
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Corzine's (Almost) Failing Grade

New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine received a "C-" for his performance over the first three plus years on the job in a new Monmouth University poll, the latest evidence of just how much trouble the incumbent is in as he seeks a second term this fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 21, 2009; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Governors  
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

40 That's the percentage of conservatives who believe the Senate should not confirm judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to new data in the Washington Post-ABC News poll.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 21, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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Malek Assesses the Republican Field

Fred Malek, longtime Republican operative and one of the leading money men in the party, has posted his response to the the Fix's most recent Friday Line in which we ranked the ten most influential Republican leaders.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 21, 2009; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , The Line  
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FL-Senate: Rubio's Running (Still)

Former Florida state House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) will not exit the state's open seat Senate race despite facing long odds and a cash deficit against Gov. Charlie Crist (R), according to sources familiar with his decision.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 21, 2009; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Republican Party , Senate  
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Mouthpiece Theater: Pay to Play

The latest installment from the Fix and Mr. Milbank....

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 21, 2009; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Morning Fix: Specter vs. Sestak Heats Up

Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter has ended his silence in his Democratic primary fight against Rep. Joe Sestak, repeatedly ripping the challenger for his spotty voting record as a private citizen and a series of missed votes in Congress.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 21, 2009; 5:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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The Vote: Fix Political Hall of Fame

It's here! After three weeks of making the cases for and against Richard Nixon, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Tip O'Neill as the next inductee into the Fix Political Hall of Fame, the day of reckoning has arrived.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 20, 2009; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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Michael Steele, the Health Care "Experiment" and Anxiety Politics

Experiment, reckless and risky. Read Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele's speech on health care this morning and those three words come up in nearly every sentence.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 20, 2009; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (117)
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Republican Party , White House  
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

That's the percentage of independent voters who approve of the way President Barack Obama is handling health care reform as compared to 49 percent who disapprove of his performance, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News survey.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 20, 2009; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Morning Fix: Jindal Rises Again

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) will wade into the national debate over health care this week by penning op-eds in Politico and the Wall Street Journal and appearing on a series of cable chat shows today and tomorrow.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 20, 2009; 5:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (131)
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Sanford Apologizes (Again)

Seeking to set some sort of record for mea culpas, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has penned an op-ed once again apologizing for his disappearance from the state last month and his admission of an extramarital affair.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 19, 2009; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Governors  
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