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The Fix: May 23, 2010 - May 29, 2010

Harry Reid: Comeback Kid?

For the first time in the better part of the last year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has reason for optimism as he looks toward his re-election prospects this fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 28, 2010; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (319)
Categories:  Senate  
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Angry voters look to vulnerable governors

New USA Today/ Gallup poll numbers released this morning show that two-thirds of Americans describe themselves as "angry" about the state of the country.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 28, 2010; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  The Line  
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How the Sestak job offer became a big deal

The White House admission that it tasked Bill Clinton to try to get Joe Sestak out of the Pennsylvania Senate race ends a public relations disaster for the Administration.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 28, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (900)
Categories:  White House  
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Can Bill Clinton save Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas?

Former President Bill Clinton, who spent much of the 1980s as the governor of Arkansas, will stump for embattled Sen. Blanche Lincoln today in the Razorback State -- a visit that the incumbent and her opponent Lt. Gov. Bill Halter are casting as a critical moment in advance of the June 8 Democratic runoff.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 28, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
Categories:  Morning Fix  
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Republicans play wait-and-see on unorthodox nominees

The toppling of a big-name GOP recruit in Idaho has left Republicans with an unknown nominee with some unusual issue positions. The question, which is becoming familiar to the GOP, is: What do we do now?

By The Fix  |  May 27, 2010; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  House  
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First thoughts on President Obama's oil spill press conference

President Barack Obama spent nearly an hour answering questions on the policy and the politics of the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf Coast -- among other topics -- as his Administration sought to seize back control of the politics of the disaster.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 27, 2010; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (200)
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Terrence Wall drops WI-Senate bid

Developer Terrence Wall (R) is expected to end his Wisconsin Senate bid by week's end, throwing his support businessman Ron Johnson (R) in the race to face Sen. Russ Feingold (D).

By The Fix  |  May 27, 2010; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Senate  
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Tweeting the Obama press conference

President Barack Obama will hold his first press conference in more than 10 months today at 12:45 pm and we will be there!

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 27, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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Dick Blumenthal survives Vietnam allegations in CT-Senate

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows that Connecticut Attorney General Dick Blumenthal's (D) admission of a series of misstatements regarding the depth of his Vietnam service have bent but not come close to breaking his frontrunning candidacy for the seat of retiring Sen. Chris Dodd (D) this fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 27, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
Categories:  Senate  
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Gresham Barrett and the politics of TARP

South Carolina Rep. Gresham Barrett (R), who is running in the June 8 Republican gubernatorial race has launched a 60-second ad seeking to explain his 2008 vote for the Troubled Asset Relief Program -- yet more evidence that the vote to bail out the financial sector is the central issue in the minds of many GOP primary voters.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 27, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Who won the May 18 primary prediction contest?

The winner of the Fix's May 18 primary prediction contest revealed!

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 26, 2010; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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"Worst Week in Washington": The Nominations

We've reached the middle of another week in Washington and between the growing criticism of the Obama Administration's handling of the oil spill in the Gulf, the defeat of establishment Republican favorite Vaughn Ward in an Idaho Republican primary and Vice President Joe Biden's latest comment about Connecticut Attorney General Dick Blumenthal there are already plenty of potential nominees for our "Worst Week in Washington."

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 26, 2010; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
Categories:  Worst Week in Washington  
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Republicans continue to press White House on Sestak job offer

For the better part of the last week, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) has been under a sustained attack from national Republicans about whether or not he was offered a job in the Obama Administration in exchange for ending his primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 26, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (208)
Categories:  Senate  
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Dino Rossi officially kicks off Washington Senate bid

Former state Sen. Dino Rossi (R) made his long-awaited entry into the Washington Senate race this morning in a Web video officially announcing his bid.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  May 26, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Ad wars in Arkansas heat up in advance of June 8 runoff

Less than two weeks before Arkansas voters head back to the polls to choose between Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) and Lt. Gov. Bill Halter (D), both sides launched ads aimed at defining the incumbent.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 26, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Top GOP recruit Vaughn Ward loses in Idaho primary

Top national GOP recruit Vaughn Ward on Tuesday lost his primary after a series of missteps by his campaign, throwing the GOP's chances in doubt against top-targeted Rep. Walt Minnick (D-Idaho).

By The Fix  |  May 26, 2010; 2:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
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Idaho primary day: Vaughn Ward makes the finish line (barely)

Idaho's primary is today with national attention focused on the Republican fight in the 1st district.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 25, 2010; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Early voting in Nevada could boost Sharron Angle

Former Nevada state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle (R) has the momentum on her side in the June 8 GOP primary to face Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid -- a surge that appears likely to be maximized by a unique aspect of Nevada's elections system: the early voting proce

By The Fix  |  May 25, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Do Republicans need a new "Contract with America"?

House Republican leaders gathered this morning to unveil the first step of their plan to build a ground-up set of policy proposals for GOP candidates running for office this fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 25, 2010; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
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Tim Pawlenty seeks to cement conservative credentials

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) may be leaving his current post at the end of this year but he's hoping to take with him a pastel of accomplishments to fuel his courtship of conservatives in the runup to the 2012 presidential race.

By The Fix  |  May 25, 2010; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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President Obama raises cash for Boxer in California

President Barack Obama will be in San Francisco later today to raise money for Sen. Barbara Boxer and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, his second trip in the last two months in support of the California Democrat.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 25, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Dino Rossi set to challenge Sen. Patty Murray

Former Washington state Sen. Dino Rossi (R) will run against Sen. Patty Murray (D) this year, giving Senate Republicans a top-tier recruit in one of a handful of potential targets left on the campaign map.

By The Fix  |  May 24, 2010; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Meg Whitman makes the insider case in CA-Gov.

Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, who has spent months making running for the Republican gubernatorial nod in California as an outsider to the political process, has launched a new ad featuring endorsements from a handful of party insiders.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 24, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Governors  
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Dick Blumenthal apologizes (again)

A week after initially expressing "regret" for exaggerations about his Vietnam service, Connecticut state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) issued another apology for his past statements.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 24, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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Nikki Haley denies affair allegation

South Carolina state Sen. Nikki Haley denied an allegation by a conservative blogger that the two had engaged in an affair several years ago, insisting that the charge was aimed at derailing her rapidly-rising campaign for governor

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 24, 2010; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (107)
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House Republicans win in Hawaii but does it matter?

Rep.-elect Charles Djou's (R) victory in a Saturday special election in Hawaii's 1st district should have been a big deal.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 24, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
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