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The Fix: November 22, 2009 - November 28, 2009

Turkey Time!

The Fix is still recovering from last night's State dinner -- wait, we weren't invited. But, we are up early this morning with Mrs. Fix and Fix Jr, headed out for a few days of rest, relaxation and, most importantly, jellied cranberry in a can.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 25, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
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The most important number in politics today

148.5 That's the number of dollars -- in millions! -- that has been spent this year on ads by the outside interest groups advocating for and against President Barack Obama's health care plan, according to a comprehensive document detailing the air wars over the legislation.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 24, 2009; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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CT-Sen: Foley reconsiders, weighs gov bid

Former Ambassador Tom Foley (R) released a statement this afternoon making clear that he is re-evaluating his candidacy for the Senate and may well jump into the now-open Connecticut governor's race.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 24, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Senate  
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Obama's Afghanistan dilemma

Politicians publicly pooh-pooh polling -- the only poll that matters, after all, is on election day! -- but every elected official privately pays close attention to the tides of public opinion. Which is why President Barack Obama's announcement next Tuesday on troop levels in Afghanistan is so fraught with political peril.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 24, 2009; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Morning Fix: More RNC troubles to come?

The resignation of Republican National Committee communications director Trevor Francis on Monday is a sign of significant unrest within the ranks of the committee, according to several party sources.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 24, 2009; 5:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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RNC loses communications director, Castellanos signs on

Alex Castellanos, a Republican media consultant, will take over as a senior communications adviser to RNC Chairman Michael Steele, according to a source familiar with the move. The announcement of Castellanos' role comes hours after communications director Trevor Francis announced he was leaving the committee. But, Castellanos is taking on the strategic role on a permanent -- not interim -- basis, according to the source.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 23, 2009; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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The most important number in politics today

That's the gap in former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's favorability numbers between self-described conservatives (60 percent) and moderates (23 percent), according to a new independent poll conducted in the politically critical state of Iowa.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 23, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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The Rising: Mike Beebe, Reluctant Star

In a world filled with mediocre politicians with outsized ambitions, Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe is the exact opposite.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 23, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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TX-Gov: Schieffer Out, White (Likely) In

Former Ambassador Tom Schieffer's (D) decision to leave the Texas governor's race leaves a gaping hole for an establishment candidate, a space many people expect Houston Mayor Bill White to fill.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 23, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Governors  
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Dennis Moore retires

Kansas Democratic Rep. Dennis Moore will leave the House in 2010, according to the Kansas City Star's Steve Kraske, a decision that hands Republicans a golden opportunity for a pickup next year

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 23, 2009; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  House  
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Morning Fix: Obama convenes the Cabinet

Cabinet meetings have become more photo-op than serious policy discussion in recent years but the gathering of the Obama braintrust -- the first since Sept. 10 -- is sure to set off discussion of the series of challenges facing the administration in the coming months.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 23, 2009; 5:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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