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

Health care, health care and more health care

The "Live Fix" chat today was dominated by health care -- not surprising given the blot-out-the-sun nature of the story as the House vote on President Barack Obama's health care bill approaches a final vote this weekend.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 19, 2010; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (519)
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The battle for the big state governorships

While 37 states will cast votes for governor this November, a handful of those states matter more. That list includes Pennsylvania, New York, California, Texas, Illinois, Ohio and Florida -- some of the largest states in the country that also are expected to either gain or lose congressional seats in the 2011 redistricting process.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 19, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  The Line  
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The House health care undecideds: By the numbers

With the House vote on health care now less roughly 72 hours away, the spotlight is growing brighter (and hotter) for the Democratic members who remain on the fence about the bill.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 19, 2010; 6:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (292)
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Five myths about health care

As the House prepares for the final, last, we-really-mean-it-this-time vote on President Obama's health care proposal this weekend, we spent some time analyzing some of the biggest myths that have developed over the course of this year-long debate.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 18, 2010; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (134)
Categories:  Health Care  
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And we're off....

The Fix is off today -- traveling up and back from Philadelphia to give a talk to impressionable college kids at the University of Pennsylvania.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 18, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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President Obama sits down with Fox News Channel

resident Barack Obama sat for a rare interview with Fox News Channel Wednesday night as a critical House vote on his health care program drew ever closer.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 18, 2010; 5:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (244)
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President Obama makes his NCAA Tournament picks (and the Fix does too!)

President Barack Obama unveiled his picks for the NCAA tournament today -- in a segment with ESPN college basketball analyst -- and Twitter addict -- Andy Katz.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 17, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  White House  
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Colorado caucuses: An early incumbent warning system?

The results of Tuesday's Colorado caucuses -- where underdog candidates upset establishment favorites in the Democratic and Republican races for Senate -- has some people pointing to them as the latest sign of the anti-politician/anti-Washington/anti-incumbent afoot in the country.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 17, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Senate  
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A move toward divided goverment?

Republicans have taken considerable flack -- mostly from their Democratic rivals -- for being the "party of no", blocking President Obama's major agenda items but offering few big picture solutions to the problems of the day.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 17, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (241)
Categories:  House , White House  
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Republican lawyers warn Democrats of "deem and pass" consequences

Less than 24 hours after House Democratic leaders floated the idea of using a parliamentary procedure to avoid a recorded vote on the Senate health care bill, a group of Republican lawyers -- including the legal counsels for the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee as well as high profile campaign attorney like Ben Ginsberg of Patton Boggs and Cleta Mitchell of Foley & Lardner -- penned an open letter making clear that such a tactic would not make Democrats immune from attacks on the bill in the fall campaign.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 17, 2010; 6:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (241)
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Michael Bennet launches TV ads in Colorado Senate race

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet (D) is up with the first ad of his 2010 Senate campaign -- a telling ad about how targeted Democrats are positioning themselves vis a vis an angry electorate.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 16, 2010; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Senate  
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Tommy Thompson "50-50" on challenge to Sen. Russ Feingold

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) is "50-50" on whether or not to challenge Sen. Russ Feingold (D) this fall and will almost certainly make a decision before the May 20 state party convention, according to a source familiar with his thinking.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 16, 2010; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Senate  
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The politics of health care passage

Even as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) scrambles for the 216 "yes" votes she needs to pass President Obama's health care reform bill later this week, strategists on both sides of the partisan divide have begun to debate the political impact of what passage will mean.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 16, 2010; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (299)
Categories:  Health Care , House  
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Five House Democrats to watch on health care

There is only one thing that matters this week in the political world: whether or not House Democrats can find the 216 votes they need to pass the health care bill before President Barack Obama's heads out of the country on Sunday.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 16, 2010; 5:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (236)
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"Saturday Night Live" takes on Eric Massa

Even as former Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) was conducting his political self-immolation with Glenn Beck and Larry King last week, we were wondering what "Saturday Night Live" would do with it.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 15, 2010; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  House  
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The Boxer blimp, the Demon Sheep and Fred Davis

At this weekend's Republican convention in California, former Hewlett Packard Executive Carly Fiorina unveiled a nearly eight-minute video portraying Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) as a blimp.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 15, 2010; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Senate  
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Raising Arizona: Gabrielle Giffords and the race for the 8th district

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) and former state Sen. Jonathan Paton (R) have known one another for almost half of their lives. They even dated -- briefly.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 15, 2010; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  House  
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Health care vote: The final countdown

In six days time, President Obama's health care bill will almost certainly have either passed or failed -- although which of those two options is better for Democrats politically this fall remains an open question.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 15, 2010; 6:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (217)
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