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The Fix: September 6, 2009 - September 12, 2009

MA-Senate: Markey Out, Field Solidified

As my colleague Paul Kane is reporting, Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Ed Markey has decided against running in the special election for the seat of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 11, 2009; 7:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
Categories:  Senate  
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The Live Fix!

Earlier today, we chatted live online for an hour -- just like we do every Friday between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. It's the "Live Fix"! Destination viewing!

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 11, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

49 That's the percentage of Americans who said that the Republican party was better able to keep the country safe from "international terrorism and military threats", according to newly released Gallup poll data.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 11, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
Categories:  Most Important Number  
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Friday Governors Line: The First 15!

With 39 governors races up between now and November 2010, a Friday Line that only ranked the top ten races just wasn't enough.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 11, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  The Line  
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Morning Fix: Joe Wilson and the Laws of Political Chaos

South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson's (R) outburst on the House floor during President Obama's address on health care serves as a useful reminder of the power of unpredicted and unplanned events in politics.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 11, 2009; 5:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (229)
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Assessing the Wilson Fallout: A Re-Energized Democratic Base

While judging just how much political damage Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) did to himself -- and his party -- last night remains a work in progress, his now-infamous "You lie!" line has had one clear effect: re-energizing the Democratic base.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 10, 2009; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
Categories:  House  
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Ron Paul's Heirs or Will the Revolution Be Televised in 2010?

The 2008 campaign may be over but the lasting self-professed "revolution" spawned by Rep. Ron Paul's (R-Texas) candidacy continues to echo throughout the political world.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 10, 2009; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (136)
Categories:  Senate  
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

That's the percentage of the vote the two parties are knotted at in a general ballot test in a national poll conducted by the Republican National Committee and obtained exclusively by the Fix.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 10, 2009; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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Morning Fix: First (and Second) Thoughts on Obama Address

The Fix was up late -- for us -- last night as we twittered President Barack Obama's health care address to a joint session of Congress and then offered our first thoughts on the proceedings.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 10, 2009; 5:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (193)
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The Obama Health Care Address: First Thoughts

President Barack Obama has just delivered a 50-minute address to a joint session of Congress, a speech he and his Administration saw as perhaps their last chance to regain the offensive on the health care debate.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 9, 2009; 9:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
Categories:  White House  
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Tweeting the Obama Address

Starting at 8 p.m. tonight, the Fix will be providing running commentary -- via Twitter! -- of President Barack Obama's health care address to a joint session of Congress.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 9, 2009; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Twitter Time , White House  
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Kerry Pledges Support For Mass.-Senate Appointee

Massachusetts Sen. John Kerrytestified in favor of a temporary appointment to fill the vacancy created by the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy today -- a move that may well help shepherd passage of the required change in state law.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 9, 2009; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Senate  
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

8 That's the number of states (and territories) Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) will have visited between mid-August and the end of this month -- a testament to the leg work he is putting in as he begins the long preparation for a presidential bid in 2012

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 9, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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The Rising: Josh Penry's Case in Colorado

If Republicans are going to begin re-building their party, Colorado in 2010 is a good place to look for the foundational bricks to be laid.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 9, 2009; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  The Rising  
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The Hyper-Localism of VA and NJ

The gubernatorial races this fall in Virginia and New Jersey -- long cast as national referendum on the early days of Barack Obama's presidency -- are instead turning on the most local of issues as each contest enters the final stretch

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 9, 2009; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  Governors  
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Morning Fix: What Obama Should Say

President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress is widely being cast as a seminal moment not only in the fight over the right way to reform health care but also in rating the relative success or failure of his first year in office.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 9, 2009; 5:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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Hildebrand Speaks Out

A former senior adviser to President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign criticized a lack of boldness in the nation's chief executive today, the latest sign of unrest among some who worked to elect the Illinois Senator to the nation's highest office.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 8, 2009; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  White House  
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Cook, Rothenberg See Political Environment Shift

Charlie Cook and Stu Rothenberg, the two most influential political handicappers in Washington, have both written in recent days of a shift toward Republicans in the national political environment as both parties gear up for the 2010 midterm elections.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 8, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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Twittering Gibbs

What better way to jump back into the political fray after a few weeks off than a live twitter of White House press secretary Robert Gibbs press briefing today at 2 p.m.?

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 8, 2009; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Twitter Time  
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

In new Gallup polling on health care, roughly two thirds of all Americans say that how their Member of Congress votes on President Barack Obama's attempt to overhaul the health care system will be a "major factor" in their vote in next year's midterm elections.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 8, 2009; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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Morning Fix: No-Go Joe in Massachusetts Special

Former Rep. Joe Kennedy's decision not to seek the seat held by his uncle -- the late Sen. Ted Kennedy -- opens up the field significantly with a number of Congressman expected to take a shot at the world's greatest deliberative body.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 8, 2009; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (118)
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