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The Fix: November 15, 2009 - November 21, 2009

Live Fix Chat: Palin, health care and Bill Simmons!

We chatted live on Friday with Fixistas from around the country about politics, the universe and everything.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 20, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
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Friday Line: Ranking Republican leaders

The Republican Governors Association held its annual meeting earlier this week in Austin, Texas, a gathering where -- for the first time in recent memory -- the GOP had something to celebrate: the twin victories of Govs.-elect Chris Christie (N.J.) and Bob McDonnell (Va.)

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 20, 2009; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (144)
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Morning Fix: GOP leaders hesitate to embrace Palin

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's (R) repeated refusal to say that Sarah Palin is "qualified" to be president of the United States during an interview Thursday night with "Hardball" host Chris Matthews is illustrative of the problems the former Alaskan governor can -- and likely will -- cause the party.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 20, 2009; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (184)
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Senator Giuliani?

After months of quiet on the political future of former mayor Rudy Giuliani (R), the New York newspapers have exploded this afternoon with reports that not only has he decided not to run for governor in 2010 but that he plans to enter the Senate race against Kirsten Gillibrand instead.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 19, 2009; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Governors , Senate  
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The most important number in politics today

10 That's the number of points separating Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and former state House Speaker Marco Rubio in their primary fight for the seat of retiring Sen. Mel Martinez (R), according to a new survey conducted by Research 2000 for the liberal Daily Kos blog.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 19, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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The "Going Rogue" tour -- by the numbers

With so much attention being paid to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's book tour, we decided to put our political nerd cap on -- ok, fine, we always wear it -- and go inside the numbers of where she's stopping and why.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 19, 2009; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (172)
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Republican Party  
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Morning Fix: Stupak as Democratic anti-hero

Michigan Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak, the author of an amendment to the House health care bill that would ban federal funding from being used for abortions, has become a whipping boy of fellow Democrats on the campaign trail of late.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 19, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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The most important number in politics today

That's President Barack Obama's job approval rating in the latest Quinnipiac University poll, the first time he has dipped below the critical 50 percent in a national survey since taking office in January.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 18, 2009; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Who's the best member of Congress ever?

West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd (D) became the longest serving member of Congress ever today -- marking 51 years in the chamber. That astonishing record got us to thinking about the long history of those who have served in the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 18, 2009; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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Short Takes: Jindal stockpiling cash for '11

Eyebrows in Washington were arched --if not fully raised -- from a story in the New Orleans Times-Picayune earlier this week that detailed Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) aggressive fundraising schedule in advance of his 2011 re-election race.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 18, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Governors , Short Takes  
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Morning Fix: The sticky wicket of Afghanistan

1. The sticky policy and political wicket that is Afghanistan is highlighted in two national polls released over the last 24 hours . The two surveys -- one by the Washington Post/ABC and the other by CBS/New York Times --...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 18, 2009; 5:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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IL-Sen: Alexi the unelectable?

Illinois state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias is "deeply flawed" as a candidate against Rep. Mark Kirk (R) in next year's Senate race and "his nomination would put Barack Obama's former Senate seat in extreme jeopardy for the Democrats," according to pollster Geoff Garin.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 17, 2009; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Senate  
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The most important number in politics today

1 That's the number of issue areas where a majority of political independents approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News national survey.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 17, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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The discovery of John Thune

For months -- if not years -- the Republican/conservative smart set has been looking for a fresh face on which to hang their hopes and dreams. South Dakota Sen. John Thune may be that person. Witness a conventional-wisdom setting column penned over the weekend by the New York Times' David Brooks -- the Fix's favorite conservative commenter -- that touts Thune as the Next Big Thing.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 17, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Morning Fix: The Palin index

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's "Going Rogue" didn't come with an index -- a no-no in political Washington -- but thanks to the Post's Paul "PV" Volpe, we bring you an (abbreviated) index of the bold-faced names mentioned by the 2008 vice presidential nominee in her memoir. (We left out the much publicized comments on Katie Couric, Nicolle Wallace and Steve Schmidt since unless you aren't paying attention you already know about them. Bono/Beatty, Warren: "Interested folks with good intentions who wanted to share ideas and insights, and I was happy to hear from them."Clinton, Bill: Palin says she sensed in her meetings with Clinton "an unspoken mutual disappointment with the media's serial unfairness to some presidential candidates in the 2008 race." Clinton, Hillary: Palin says her "hat is off" to the former First Lady's performance on the campaign trail. Gibson, Charlie: Alaskans "seemed not to recognize" the ABC News anchor when he traveled to the Last Frontier to interview Palin. Hasselbeck, Elizabeth: Palin refers to the conservative voice on "The VIew" as "bold and talented". Lieberman, Joe: The Connecticut Senator is described as a "bright spot" in the campaign, telling her not to "let these people try to change you." Salter, Mark: "One of the few people who could change John's [McCain] mind." Warren, Rick: Palin spoke with (and prayed with) the renowned pastor over the phone while taking a shower. (Not kidding.) Wright, Rev. Jeremiah: Palin wanted to raise the issue of Obama's ties to Wright more often and more forcefully -- "I will forever question the campaign for prohibiting discussion of such associations."

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 17, 2009; 5:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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Malek on Palin: "She's obviously touching a need"

Fred Malek, a major Republican donor and personal friend to Sarah Palin, defended the score-settling elements of the former Alaska governor's soon-to-be-released memoir as a justified response to a series of inaccurate leaks about her conduct in the wake of the campaign. "The leaks were lacking in truth, honor and chivalry," said Malek in an interview with the Fix. "If there was some score-settling, isn't that unusual for this town," he added sarcastically.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 16, 2009; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Republican Party  
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Short Takes: Culver in deep trouble in Iowa

In another sign of the dangerously strong anti-incumbent current in the country, Iowa Gov. Chet Culver (D) appears to be in political free fall and trails his strongest Republican opponent by more than 20 points in new independent polling in the Hawkeye State.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 16, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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The most important number in (Palin) politics today

That's the percentage of people who had a strongly favorable (20 percent) or strongly unfavorable (34 percent) view of Sarah Palin in a new Washington Post poll, the latest piece of data that suggests the intensity that the former Alaska governor engenders in the general public.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 16, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
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Morning Fix: Biden as fundraiser in chief

1. Vice President Biden will be in Phoenix, Ariz. this morning to raise money for targeted Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick and Harry Mitchell just one day after he was in Las Vegas to raise cash for Nevada Rep. Dina Titus. All...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 16, 2009; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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