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The Fix: August 9, 2009 - August 15, 2009

The Live Fix!

Every Friday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., we take your questions. We call it The Live Fix -- creative, no? -- and the best of the best are excerpted below.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 14, 2009; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Morning Fix: Polling the Town Halls

The protests that have dominated town halls -- and news coverage -- for the first two weeks of this month are being closely followed by much of the country and are largely regarded as appropriate, according to several surveys on the events released in the last forty eight hours.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 14, 2009; 5:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (352)
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Morning Fix: Arlen Specter and What Lebanon Meant

The back and forth between Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter and several attendees of a town hall in Lebanon, Pennsylvania earlier this week may well become the lasting political symbol of the summer of 2009: a politician and a constituent standing inches away from one another as they angrily debate the merits (or lack thereof) of President Barack Obama's health care reform plan.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 13, 2009; 5:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (354)
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Morning Fix: Nelson Strikes Back

Criticized by two liberal groups about his approach to President Barack Obama's health care reform proposal, Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson is hitting back, evidence of the issue's potential political peril for the 13 Senate Democrats who represent states carried by Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) in 2008.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 12, 2009; 5:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (260)
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NV-Sen: Heller Won't Run

Nevada Rep. Dean Heller has decided not to run against Harry Reid (D-Nev.), robbing Republicans of their top recruit against the Majority Senate Leader in 2010, according to an informed source.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 11, 2009; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Morning Fix: Republicans Go After Democratic Base in N.J.

National Republicans are going up with television and radio ads targeting two pillars of the Democratic base -- Hispanics and environmentally-minded voters -- in the New Jersey governor's race, a sign of their increasing confidence that they will beat Gov. Jon Corzine (D-N.J.) this fall and evidence of their attempts to broaden the party heading into the 2010 midterm elections.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 11, 2009; 6:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (189)
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August Break!

With Congress out of session and most candidates taking it easy before the year-long spring to the 2010 midterm elections, now seemed as good a time as any to get caught up on the many things that we let go by the wayside in service of the Fix.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 10, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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FL-Senate: Breaking Down the Crist Pick

Florida Sen. Mel Martinez's (R-Fla.) surprise resignation announcement on Friday has put Gov. Charlie Crist (R) in the hot seat as he must pick a replacement to fill out the remainder of Martinez's term.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 10, 2009; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
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Morning Fix: Dodd Rises Again (Or Not)

Friday's ruling by the Senate Ethics Committee that Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd (D) had broken no rules in his dealings with the mortgage giant Countrywide left Democrats touting the judgment as the start of the incumbent's political comeback and Republicans insisting that Dodd remained as vulnerable as ever.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 10, 2009; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
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