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The Fix: January 24, 2010 - January 30, 2010

Sarah Palin's PAC raised $1.4 million in final six months of 2009

Sarah PAC, the political action committee of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, collected $1.4 million over the final six months of 2009, a solid -- if not spectacular -- total that demonstrates her fundraising capacity as she mulls a bid...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 30, 2010; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (318)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Samuel Alito's and "not true", Senate race handicapping and more in the "Live Fix" chat

We spent an hour earlier today answering questions -- political and not -- from Fixistas from across the country. Our favorite moments from the "Live Fix" chat are below and remember to check our our chat every Friday from 11...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 29, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (268)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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President Obama takes on House Republicans (VIDEO)

In an unusually frank discussion, President Barack Obama challenged House Republicans during an address at their retreat in Baltimore, Maryland. Here's (some) of the video (and a full transcript): Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames....

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 29, 2010; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  White House  
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Senate landscape shifts, Republicans primed for gains

The last 30 days (or so) have been the most momentous to date in the battle for the Senate. It all began back on Jan. 5 when Sen. Byron Dorgan stunned the political world by announcing he would retire from...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 29, 2010; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
Categories:  The Line  
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Steve Buyer to retire in Indiana

Indiana Rep. Steve Buyer will announce his retirement today, becoming the 15th Republican planning to retire or seek higher office at the end of the 111th Congress. "Today, I am announcing my retirement from the U.S. Army Reserve this summer...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 29, 2010; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  House  
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Steve Israel polls in NY-Senate; rules out challenge to Gillibrand (again)

New York Rep. Steve Israel (D) has come under increased pressure from donors and activists to reconsider his decision not to run for the Senate in 2010 and has conducted a poll in recent weeks to test his viability in a primary race against appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 29, 2010; 5:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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The best political books ever

Over the past few weeks in our "Live Fix" chats, we've been engaged in an ongoing debate with Fixistas over the best works of political fiction and non-fiction of all time. Our nominees are below but we want to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 28, 2010; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Obama sends a message to Congressional Dems: Stand and fight

In a state of the Union speech notable for its conciliatory tone and generally centrist policy focus, President Barack Obama saved his harshest words for the members of his own party. "After last week, it is clear that campaign fever...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 28, 2010; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
Categories:  House , Senate , White House  
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Breaking down President Obama's state of the union speech (VIDEO)

The Fix and Post senior political reporter Dan Balz sat down following President Barack Obama's state of the union speech to analyze what he said, what he didn't and what it all means. Our conversation is below. Your Browser DoesNot...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 28, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Analyzing President Obama's state of the union address

President Obama delivered the first state of the union address of his presidency, a 71-minute speech that ranked as the sixth longest in presidential history.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 28, 2010; 7:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (160)
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First thoughts on President Obama's state of the union address

President Obama's first state of the union address is in the books. But, the analysis has only just begun.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 27, 2010; 10:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (114)
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Twittering President Obama's state of the union address

Update, 6:15 pm: Twitter appears to be experiencing some troubles due to the overwhelming volume of people trying to follow our live tweeting of the state of the union speech. (Either that or the release of the Apple iPad.)...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 27, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
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State of the union viewer's guide

President Obama addresses a joint session of Congress in February 2009. President Obama won't begin his state of the union speech for another nine hours or so but, just like the Super Bowl, the commentary about what he will...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 27, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (185)
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Commemorating Bobby Jindal's 2009 Republican response (VIDEO)

The most memorable speech delivered on February 24, 2009 -- Fix Jr.'s birthday! -- wasn't President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress but rather Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's Republican response. Jindal, widely regarded as Republicans' brightest rising star,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 27, 2010; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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High stakes, serious challenges for Obama's State of the Union speech

1. The political world turns to Capitol Hill tonight at 9 p.m. ET as President Obama delivers his first State of the Union address. (Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell -- a future member of the 2012 veepstakes for Republicans -- will...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 27, 2010; 5:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
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"Funny or Die" on the true impact of the Citizens United decision

"Funny or Die" has come up with a novel way to illustrate what they believe the effect of last week's Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United campaign finance case will mean. Check it out: Don't Sell Out, America! from...

By washingtonpost.com  |  January 26, 2010; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Supreme Court  
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The importance of independents

In the wake of Sen.-elect Scott Brown's (R) victory over state Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) in last week's Senate special election, a debate has been raging over independents. The conventional wisdom -- as argued in this blog and many...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 26, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
Categories:  House , Senate , White House  
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Mike Pence says "no" in Indiana as Senate GOPers try to widen playing field

Indiana Rep. Mike Pence (R) has decided against challenging Sen. Evan Bayh (D) this fall, robbing Republicans of a top-tier recruit who would have made the Hoosier State instantly competitive had he run. "After much prayer and deliberation, I have...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 26, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
Categories:  Senate  
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Stephen Colbert on Harold Ford (and a new New York Senate poll)

Stephen Colbert hammers Harold Ford for his Senate candidacy in New York.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 26, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Senate  
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Poll shows Democrats slipping, Obama dismisses impact

New poll numbers suggest Americans like the idea of divided government.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 26, 2010; 5:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
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Analyzing the David Plouffe addition and State of the Union (VIDEO)

We chatted about the impact of David Plouffe's stepped-up role and what to expect from President Obama's state of the union address with Slate's John Dickerson and CBS' Mark Knoller -- both prolific Twitterers -- earlier today. Here's the result:...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 25, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Harry Reid's dismal poll numbers (and why he will be the Democratic nominee)

New polling suggests Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is in deep trouble as he faces re-election this fall. Photo by Joshua Roberts of REUTERS A new independent poll commissioned by the liberal Daily Kos blog shows Senate Majority Leader...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 25, 2010; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
Categories:  Senate  
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Beau Biden will not run for father's former Senate seat

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden will not run for his father's former Senate seat, he announced via email to supporters this morning.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 25, 2010; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (128)
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What David Plouffe can do (and what he can't)

The news that 2008 campaign manager David Plouffe would expand his role within the Obama administration's political team created headlines over the weekend with the White House trying to sell it as a long-planned move.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 25, 2010; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Arkansas Rep. Marion Berry to retire

Arkansas Rep. Marion Berry is expected to announce his retirement tomorrow morning, according to three sources briefed on the decision. Berry will become the sixth Democrat in a competitive seat to leave in the last two months but the first...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 24, 2010; 7:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Vice President says son doesn't want to run for Senate

Vice President Joe Biden told a Delaware columnist that his son, state Attorney General Beau Biden, doesn't want to run for the Senate, a startling admission and one, if correct, that could hand his former seat to Republicans in the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 24, 2010; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Senate  
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