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The Fix: March 28, 2010 - April 3, 2010

Easter break!

The Fix is taking today and tomorrow off as we seek to fight off a cold that Fix Jr. is trying to pass on and prepare for the little man's second Easter. (And, yes, to begin plotting how we can...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 1, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (403)
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Tim Pawlenty rolls out 2010 endorsements

Hours before his planned Facebook town hall tonight, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is rolling out his first slate of candidate endorsements for the 2010 midterms.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 31, 2010; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (170)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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The Five Most Important Senate Fundraising Reports

At midnight tonight, the first fundraising quarter of the year comes to a close -- a make or break three months for many federal candidates around the country. A surprisingly strong quarter can turn what looked like a longshot into the next big thing. A disappointing last three months can spell the beginning of the end (or the end of the end) for a candidate.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 31, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Senate  
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Kay Bailey Hutchison to stay in the Senate

Texas Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison will go back on her pledge to resign her seat and instead serve out the remaining two years of her term, according to a source familiar with her decision.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 31, 2010; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
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Bump or no bump for Obama on health care?

A feverish debate is under way in political Washington this week about whether or not the White House can legitimately claim that the passage of the health care bill created a real bump in poll numbers both for the legislation itself and for the Democratic party who championed it.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 31, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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Assessing John Thune's 2012 chances

Today's filing deadline for candidates for office in South Dakota marks the start of serious talk about Sen. John Thune's potential presidential campaign in 2012. The Thune forces have been loathe to discuss his potential 2012 candidacy while there was still a possibility -- albeit it a VERY slim one -- that he could draw a serious Democratic challenge.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 30, 2010; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Trey Grayson, Rand Paul and the politics of Sept. 11, 2001

Six weeks out from the Kentucky Republican primary for Senate, Secretary of State Trey Grayson and ophthalmologist Rand Paul are in a heated television war over that most touchy of political subjects: the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 30, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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RNC spending controversy: What it means for Michael Steele and the Republican Party

The controversy over a series of expenditures by the Republican National Committee in January -- including one for nearly $2,000 at a topless night club in California -- has triggered a whole host of questions about the potential political impact of the revelations on RNC Chairman Michael Steele and on the party more broadly.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 30, 2010; 5:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (163)
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Fix Poll: What should the next Senate primary debate be?

Like all political junkies, we were entranced by the Florida Senate debate between Gov. Charlie Crist (R) and former state House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) on "Fox News Sunday".

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 29, 2010; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Bill Halter hits Blanche Lincoln on TARP

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter is going after Sen. Blanche Lincoln on her 2008 vote in favor of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in a new ad in their Democratic primary race.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 29, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Can Kendrick Meek win the Florida Senate race?

The nationally televised debate between Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and former state House Speaker Marco Rubio on Sunday made clear that the Republican Senate primary is going to be a knockdown, drag-out brawl between now and, gulp, August 24.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 29, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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Democratic group targets tea party candidates

Craig Varoga, a longtime Democratic political operative, has formed a group -- known as Patriot Majority PAC -- with the specific goal of keeping Tea Party candidates out of office. "Americans need to confront the dangerous ideas of the tea party movement head on, without any fear, before they gain any additional traction in the legislative process or the 2010 elections," said Varoga, who managed former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack's 2008 presidential race.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 29, 2010; 5:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (166)
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