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The Fix: December 13, 2009 - December 19, 2009

Health care winners and losers?

Who won and who lost in the health care debate?

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 19, 2009; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (170)
Categories:  White House  
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Democratic incumbents beware!

The national political environment could make it difficult for as many as five Democratic Senators to win re-election in 2010.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 18, 2009; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
Categories:  The Line  
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Obama to make 'robust effort' on climate change in 2010

President Barack Obama travels to climate talks in Copenhagen today and pans to make a "robust effort" to pass his climate change bill through the Senate next year.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 18, 2009; 6:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (280)
Categories:  Morning Fix  
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The political dangers of passing a health care bill

The White House is dead set on passing health care legislation that polling suggests the American public believes is a bad idea.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 17, 2009; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (170)
Categories:  White House  
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Creigh Deeds: The worst campaign of 2009

Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds campaign for governor is judged to be the worst run campaign of 2009

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 17, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Governors  
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Howard Dean, health care reform spoiler?

Former Governor Howard Dean has emerged as a leading critic of President Obama's health care plan.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 17, 2009; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (188)
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Why health care will pass (and what it means)

President Obama's senior advisers believe that passing a health care bill is absolutely necessary to the political success of Democrats in next year's election.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 16, 2009; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (196)
Categories:  White House  
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Bob McDonnell: Campaign of the Year

Virginia Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell ran the best political campaign of 2009

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 16, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  Fix Poll , Governors  
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Polling shows Democrats losing health care PR fight

A new Washington Post poll shows Democrats losing the public relations fight over health care.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 16, 2009; 5:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
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David Paterson's political comeback?

Two recent polls suggest new York Gov. David Paterson's political standing is improving.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 15, 2009; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Most Important Number  
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Chet Edwards: Not retiring

Texas Rep. Chet Edwards announces he will run for re-election in 2010

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 15, 2009; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  House  
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The 10 best Senate races of the decade (cont.)

A live online chat about the best Senate races of the past decade.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 15, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Why Joe Lieberman (still) rules the political world

Joe Lieberman remains an influential player on health care despite his many breaks from Democratic party orthodoxy.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 15, 2009; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
Categories:  Senate  
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Retirements worry House Democrats for 2010 midterms

Recent retirements have House Democrats worried about their electoral prospects in the 2010 midterm elections.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 15, 2009; 6:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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The 10 best Senate races of the decade

As we near the end of the first decade of the 21st century (!), it got us to thinking about all of great Senate races of the last ten years. And, because we are obsessed with rankings -- the Georgetown Hoyas are number 13 (and rising) in the ESPN/USA Today poll thanks for asking -- came up with our list of the ten best races of the decade that was.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 14, 2009; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Senate  
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The most important number in politics today

That's the voter registration advantage that Democrats (780,338) hold over Republicans (427,110) in Connecticut, a massive edge that makes Sen. Joe Lieberman's (I) announced opposition to a health care compromise all the more baffling from a political perspective.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 14, 2009; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
Categories:  Most Important Number  
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Bart Gordon to retire

Tennessee Rep. Bart Gordon will not seek re-election in 2010, according to a source familiar with his decision. Gordon is the fourth Democrat sitting in a swing district to retire in the last several weeks.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 14, 2009; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
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Morning Fix: Obama's tough love for bankers

President Obama will sit down today with the chief executives of the nation's biggest banks -- see full list below -- to give them a bit of tough love. Asked what the president's message will be, one senior Administration official pointed to comments made by Larry Summers, the president's chief economic adviser, in an interview Sunday with ABC's George Stephanapoulos. The heads of the big banks "need to recognize that they've got obligations to the country after all that's been done for them, and there is a lot more they can do, and President Obama is going to be talking with them about what they can do to support enhanced lending to customers across the country," Summers said. He added: "We were there for them. And the banks need to do everything they can to be sure they're there for customers across this country." Remember that TARP -- the program that helped keep many of the nation's largest banks solvent -- is deeply unpopular with the American people who viewed it as an example of rewarding bad behavior. The president and his Administration know they must change the perception of TARP; they must show that the money given to banks came with string attached, strings that now require these financial institutions to do everything they can to help the average American. That's the symbolism meant to be sent in today's meeting.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 14, 2009; 5:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
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