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The Fix: February 14, 2010 - February 20, 2010

Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll

Texas Rep. Ron Paul won the 2010 CPAC straw poll tonight, a victory that will further energize his already enthusiastic supporters but will have little effect on the coming presidential contest. Paul, who ran for president in 2008, took 31...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 20, 2010; 5:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (211)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Bayh's out, Ellsworth's In (and other political news)

For an hour earlier today, we fielded questions from Fixistas about the emerging developments in the Indiana Senate race, who else might retire and, of course, our ongoing search for a sponsor for our "Live Fix" chat.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 19, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Volatile environment endangers more governors

It's hard out there for a governor. The national economic slowdown has forced the hand of almost every governor in the country -- forcing them to make a politically unsavory choice between raising taxes and cutting services to keep their budgets in balance.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 19, 2010; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  The Line  
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Ellsworth to run for Indiana Senate

Indiana Rep. Brad Ellsworth has decided to seek the seat being vacated by Sen. Evan Bayh and will announce his intentions in a statement to be released in the next few hours, according to a source briefed on the matter.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 19, 2010; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Senate  
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Tim Pawlenty looks to make his conservative mark at CPAC

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will address the conservative CPAC conference today at 10 am, a coming-out-party of sorts for the little known governor who has his eye on a presidential bid in 2012.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 19, 2010; 5:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Mitt Romney: President Obama has 'failed' the American people

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney derided President Barack Obama for having "failed" to deliver on the promises of his Administration and sought to paint Republican obstruction as a beneficial thing for the country in a speech delivered today at a gathering of conservatives in Washington.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 18, 2010; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (724)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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The best political movies

A few weeks back, we asked Fixistas for their suggestions for the best political books ever written. And, after sorting through literally hundreds of suggestions, we published our list. But, in the midst of compiling the best of the best in political books, a number of Fixistas suggested we build a similar list of the top political movies of all time.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 18, 2010; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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Democrats' Indiana problem

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh's surprise retirement earlier this week appears set to create a domino effect in the state's Democratic politics that is exposing age-old tensions between House and Senate party strategists

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 18, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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Obama to campaign for Sen. Michael Bennet in Colorado today

President Barack Obama will travel to Denver, Colorado later today to raise money for appointed Sen. Michael Bennet. Obama will participate in a $25 per person fundraiser at the Fillmore Auditorium (roughly 3,000 are expected to attend) and then a $1,000 per plate event at the Sheraton.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 18, 2010; 6:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
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The politics of the stimulus and the rash of retirements (VIDEO)

The Fix chatted with the folks at "The Rundown" -- the Newhour's blog -- earlier today about the one-year anniversary of the economic stimulus package and about what Sen. Evan Bayh's (D-Ind.) retirement means for the political landscape.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 17, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  White House  
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Evan Bayh for President?

In the immediate aftermath of Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh's surprise retirement on Monday, speculation about his political future (if any) has run rampant with most commentators focusing on a single remark on his speech.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 17, 2010; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (127)
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Senate  
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The GOP national security gap (and the 2012 presidential race)

The prominence of former Vice President Dick Cheney (again) in the debate over terrorism and national security speaks to a remarkable void of authoritative voices on those issues among the aspiring 2012 Republican presidential field. The likely field is currently dominated by former governors (Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin) and a current governor (Tim Pawlenty) who have next-to-no experience with matters of national security and terrorism, having served only as chief executives of their states.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 17, 2010; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
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Biden, Republicans battle over economic stimulus anniversary

Today marks one year since President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka the economic stimulus package) and the fight over whether it was necessary or effective rages on

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 17, 2010; 5:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (135)
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The danger of political prognostication

Every day in this space we seek to look into the political future -- sometimes successfully and sometimes not. (Hopefully more the former than the latter!) New polling out of CNN/Opinion Research Corporation highlights the difficulty in doing just that.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 16, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
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Winners and losers from Evan Bayh's retirement

Indiana Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh's decision not to run for re-election is a massive shock to the political system, the full ramifications of which won't be fully known for weeks or months.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 16, 2010; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
Categories:  Senate  
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Predicting the 2010 midterm election outcome

With Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh's (D) announcement Monday that he will not seek a third term in 2010, there is real talk of the Senate majority now being in play in this fall's election.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 16, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Fix Poll  
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Democrats scramble to replace retiring Bayh

National Democrats -- stunned by Sen. Evan Bayh's (D) retirement on Monday -- continued to mull their options to replace the popular two-term incumbent.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 16, 2010; 5:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
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Evan Bayh won't seek re-election, Senate majority in play?

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh will not seek re-election this year, he said Monday, a decision that hands Republicans a prime pickup opportunity in the middle of the country.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 15, 2010; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (567)
Categories:  Senate  
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Dick Cheney vs. Joe Biden (and why it's good for Democrats)

The twin appearances by current Vice President Joe Biden and former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday talk shows was highly anticipated by political junkies and by and large delivered.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 15, 2010; 6:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
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Dick Cheney unloads on Obama Administration, Joe Biden hits back

Former Vice President Dick Cheney took after the Obama Administration on several fronts -- most notably for its approach to national security matters -- in an interview with ABC's Jon Karl this morning. Cheney took umbrage with the President's initial...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 14, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (232)
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