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The Fix: March 7, 2010 - March 13, 2010

The Massa mishigas, health care politics and the Fix's cupcake rankings

t an hour this morning fielding your questions on topics as wide ranging as the impact of former Rep. Eric Massa's resignation to why former President (and Georgetown grad) was praising Syracuse during yesterday's Big East tournament. And, of course, our rankings of the best cupcake places in D.C. and New York City.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 12, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (243)
Categories:  Live Fix  
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Five days in May

Five days in May -- from the 18th to the 22nd -- could tell us much about just how bad the political environment is, and will be, for House Democrats this fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 12, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
Categories:  The Line  
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Health care ad spending grows; will it matter?

The air wars over health care, which have already seen more than $200 million spent on both sides of the issue, are in full swing again.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 12, 2010; 6:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
Categories:  Morning Fix  
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The Fix takes Manhattan!

Posting has been -- and will continue to be -- slow today as the Fix is in the Big Apple for meetings (read: buying Magnolia cupcakes for Mrs. Fix and Fix-in-laws).

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 11, 2010; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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White House memo argues health care support is increasing

A new polling memo from Joel Benenson, the White House's pollster of choice, argues that support for President Obama's health care plan has been building in the wake of his State of the Union speech in late January.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 11, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (197)
Categories:  White House  
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Organizing for America's big test

Organizing for America, the organization built within the Democratic National Committee meant to capture the energy of President Obama's 2008 campaign to advocate for his legislative agenda, is ramping up its efforts to pass the health care bill before the White House's March 18 deadline

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 11, 2010; 5:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (195)
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What Marco Rubio's TV ad tells us about 2010

Former Florida state House Speaker Marco Rubio is set to air his first television commercial in the Senate primary fight against Gov. Charlie Crist, an ad that tells us much about the political environment in which races -- primaries and general elections -- will be run this year.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 10, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
Categories:  Senate  
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Meg Whitman's odd press strategy

Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman has faced a steady drumbeat of criticism from her primary opponent -- state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner -- for ducking debates and non-choreographed media appearances.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 10, 2010; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Governors  
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House Democrats try to stay on offense heading into 2010 midterms

Faced with a difficult national political environment and daunting historical trends heading into the 2010 midterm elections, House Democratic strategists have long subscribed to the age-old cliche: a best defense is a good offense.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 10, 2010; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
Categories:  House  
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Assessing the Eric Massa impact (or lack thereof)

Former Rep. Eric Massa's twin appearances on Fox News Channel's "Glenn Beck Show" and CNN's "Larry King Live" Tuesday night made for some of the most watchable political television in recent memory.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 10, 2010; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (159)
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Eric Massa on Glenn Beck: The best/worst televised political implosion ever?

If you missed former New York Rep. Eric Massa's hour-long appearance with Fox News Channel's Glenn Beck earlier today, you missed a landmark moment in the annals of televised political implosions.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 9, 2010; 6:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Fix Poll , House  
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Republican National Committee targets Dem ethics in new ad

The Republican National Committee will launch an ad tomorrow aimed at capitalizing on a series of ethics hits Democrats have taken in recent weeks.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 9, 2010; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (133)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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Charlie Crist, Independent?

In a radio interview this morning with the Washington Times, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) seemed to rule out the possibility of running for the Senate this fall as an independent.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 9, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
Categories:  Senate  
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New poll shows Democrats losing ground on national security

After closing the so-called "national security gap" in the 2006 and 2008 elections, congressional Democrats are losing ground on the issue, according to a new poll done by the Democratic firm of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 9, 2010; 5:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (133)
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"Politics and Pints" is tonight!!!

The Fix is taking today off to prepare for tonight's "Politics and Pints" -- our monthly night of trivia and general merriment.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 8, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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The health care campaign begins (again)

With President Barack Obama's March 18 deadline to pass health care reform through Congress rapidly approaching, the American Future Fund, a conservative outside group, is spending $900,000 on television ads in 18 Democratic-held districts calling on members to scrap the current plan.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 8, 2010; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (310)
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