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The Fix: July 26, 2009 - August 1, 2009

"The Battle for America 2008"

The Fix had a chance to sit down recently with the Post's senior political reporter Dan Balz and former Post reporter Haynes Johnson to discuss their new book: "The Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election".

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 1, 2009; 12:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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The Fix Live!

Earlier today we held our first official Fix chat.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 31, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Friday House Line: Democrats' Firewall

The old axiom that one man's trash is another man's treasure holds true in the world of politics as well.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 31, 2009; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (133)
Categories:  The Line  
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Mouthpiece Theater: Beerastroika

The suds summit -- examined.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 31, 2009; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Morning Fix: House Democrats Play Offense on Health Care

Hoping to regain momentum in the health care fight, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is planning an August offensive against more than two dozen Republican House members that aims to paint them as roadblocks to reform.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 31, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
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Chatting the Day Away

The Powers-That-Be at the Post have seen fit to reward the Fix with a weekly live online chat beginning tomorrow. We are calling it, creatively, "The Live Fix".

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 30, 2009; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Pawlenty's Blue-State Appeal

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will introduce himself to member of the Republican National Committee gathered in San Diego as a GOPer who has cracked the code on wooing independents and Democrats to his cause, according to excerpts of his speech provided to the Fix.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 30, 2009; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Republican Party  
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

That's the percentage of people in the NBC/Wall Street Journal who saw disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is handling health care as compared to 41 percent who approve of his handling of the issue.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 30, 2009; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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The Generic Ballot, 2010, and a Republican Resurgence?

A slew of new national polls released over the last 24 hours show Republicans narrowing what had been a wide gap on the generic ballot question -- "do you plan to vote for the Democratic candidate or the Republican candidate in 2010" -- over the past two elections, results that suggest the GOP may be on its road to recovery on the Congressional level. Let's first look at the data.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 30, 2009; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  House  
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Morning Fix: Obama's Slipup (And Its Political Cost)

President Barack Obama will sit down for a photo op, er, beer today with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge police officer James Crowley in hopes of putting his comments -- and the firestorm they provoked -- about the incident between the two men in his political rear view mirror.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 30, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (249)
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A Comment on Comments

Over the past few weeks, a number of regular Fix readers have reached out to discuss the comments section for this blog.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 29, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
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TX-Senate: Hutchison To Resign in the Fall

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's (R-Texas) announcement that she will resign her seat this fall sets off a rare Senate special election next spring.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 29, 2009; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Senate  
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

80 That's the number of Democratic-held House seats that Republicans will target in 2010, according to National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R).

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 29, 2009; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Morning Fix: The Conundrum of Colin

Former Gen. Colin Powell, the best known and most popular man Republican in the country, spent an hour last night with Larry King dissecting -- among other things -- the problems with the GOP and how to solve them.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 29, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (144)
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Madame President, Revisited

Our post yesterday on the dearth of women in elected office (or running for elected office) who could be considered potential presidential candidates down the line sparked a series of suggestions regarding female politicians who we missed.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 28, 2009; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

That's the number of Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee who voted for the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court today. (Thanks to C-SPAN for the video above.)

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 28, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
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Dodd's Troubles Continue

A report in the Associated Press that a former Countrywide official has told House and Senate investigators that Sen. Chris Dodd knew that he was part of the company's VIP loan program further complicates the Connecticut Democrat's re-election effort.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 28, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Senate  
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Line Change!

Now that we have the Friday Lines constantly displayed on the right hand side of the page, we also have the chance to update them whenever we like. Today we make our first major Line change -- dropping the Kentucky Senate race from the second slot to the fourth spot on the Line

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 28, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  The Line  
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Mouthpiece Theater: Memories

An homage to the late, great governor of Alaska....

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 28, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Morning Fix: Mike Huckabee as Rodney Dangerfield

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is the Rodney Dangerfield of the Republic party: he gets no respect.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 28, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
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KY-Senate: Bunning Retires (Finally)

Kentucky Republican Sen. Jim Bunning bowed to political reality today, announcing that he would not seek a third term in 2010 -- a move that drastically increases Republicans' chances of holding the seat next fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 27, 2009; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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A Woman in the White House?

Asked about the prospect of a woman winning the presidency during an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responded: "I'm not going to pretend that running for president as a woman is not daunting....and it is....probably a path that doesn't appeal to a lot of women even in elective office because it is so difficult."

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 27, 2009; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

49 That's the number of House Democrats who sit in districts carried by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the 2008 election.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 27, 2009; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Tpaw Steps Up

The Republican Governors Association announced this morning that Tim Pawlenty will serve as the organization's vice chair, the latest indication that the Minnesota governor is stepping up his national profile in advance of a likely presidential run in 2012.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 27, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (113)
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Republican Party  
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Morning Fix: What's Next for Palin?

Sarah Palin entered the next stage of a political career that has been defined by its unpredictability on Sunday as she formally stepped down as the governor of Alaska after roughly two and a half years on the job.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 27, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
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