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The Fix: February 21, 2010 - February 27, 2010

Ranking Republican leaders

The recently-concluded Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington amounted to a sort of tryout for those Republican elected officials hoping to exert influence on the future direction of the party.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 26, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (468)
Categories:  The Line  
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New York Gov. David Paterson won't run this fall

Embattled New York Gov. David Paterson (D) will not seek re-election this fall, a bow to the inevitable given his low poll numbers and a recent controversy surrounding one of his top aides.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 26, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
Categories:  Governors  
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Spinning the health care summit

The health care summit now in the books, the political spin show has taken over as to what it meant -- and who won

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 26, 2010; 6:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (295)
Categories:  Morning Fix  
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Winners and losers from the health care summit

After spending our day watching the high-stakes or, at the very least high-profile, health care summit at Blair House, we came up with a list of winners and losers from the proceedings.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 25, 2010; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (397)
Categories:  White House  
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Tweeting the health care summit

Starting at around 10 am this morning and lasting for as long as our fingers can take it, we'll be live tweeting the much-hyped bipartisan health care summit at Blair House.

By Paul Volpe  |  February 25, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (149)
Categories:  White House  
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Obama's health care summit: What to watch for

With the bipartisan health care summit today at the White House blotting out the political sun, we are dedicating the entire "Morning Fix" to the five things you should watch for at today's meeting.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 25, 2010; 12:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (136)
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Top Republican challengers support Contract with America

A group of touted Republican House candidates expressed support for a 1994-style "Contract with America" in advance of the coming midterms elections during a sitdown with reporters today in Washington.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 24, 2010; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
Categories:  House  
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Senior Palin aide Meghan Stapleton resigns, re-shapes inner circle

Meghan Stapleton, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's most prominent political adviser, is resigning her post to spend more time with her family, she said today.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 24, 2010; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Choose your own House race!

As a kid -- ok, even now -- we were obsessed with the "choose your own adventure" books. Should I pick up the keys? Take the rocky path or the one by the ocean? Head for home? Oh, the choices! So, as we got to thinking about the best way to cover the dozens (and dozens) of competitive House races in the country this fall -- aside from the Friday Line, of course -- the idea of borrowing the choose your own adventure model seemed to make sense.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 24, 2010; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  House  
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Bob Menendez goes on offense

After weeks of taking incoming in the form of a series of surprising retirements and the loss of a special election race in Massachusetts, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (N.J.) is playing a little bit of offense this morning with an appearance at the Monitor Breakfast -- an almost-daily gathering of national political reporters.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 24, 2010; 6:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Mitt Romney, John McCain and the Fix endorsement hierarchy

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney endorsed Sen. John McCain today, the latest in a series of high-profile endorsements for the Arizona Senator as he seeks to beat back a primary challenge from former Rep. J.D. Hayworth.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 23, 2010; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (146)
Categories:  Fix Endorsement Hierarchy  
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What happened to Kay Bailey Hutchison?

With just seven days left in what was expected to be the marquee primary fight of the 2010 election, Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) remains stuck behind Gov. Rick Perry (R) in a campaign that even her most ardent supporters acknowledge has been decidedly disappointing.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 23, 2010; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
Categories:  Governors  
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Obama job approval numbers hover around 50 percent

Heading into Thursday's health care summit, President Obama's job approval numbers are steady if unspectacular in the latest data out of Gallup.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 23, 2010; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (140)
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Charlie Cook: "Very hard" to see how Democrats keep House

Political handicapper Charlie Cook said that it was "very hard to come up with a scenario where Democrats don't lose the House" in an interview with National Journal late last week.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 22, 2010; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (136)
Categories:  House  
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Republicans weigh the political implications of the Bush legacy

The (un)official kickoff of the 2012 Republican presidential primary fight over the past week has brought one issue clearly to the fore: what to do about former President George W. Bush?

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 22, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (113)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Republicans, White House draw battle lines in advance of health care summit

The political positioning for Thursday's televised health care showdown -- er, summit -- began in earnest on the Sunday talk shows as Republicans sought to stake out their rhetorical ground and set expectations for what is surely the most anticipated health care event in modern memory

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 22, 2010; 5:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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