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The Fix: June 13, 2010 - June 19, 2010

Democrats on Joe Barton's oil spill comments: "It's not the end of this"

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Chris Van Hollen said today that Rep. Joe Barton's (R-Texas) apology yesterday to BP CEO Tony Hayward for the administration's $20 billion "shakedown" will continue to haunt Republicans in this fall's races.

By The Fix  |  June 18, 2010; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (414)
Categories:  Democratic Party  
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Arizona, Colorado primaries are last, best tests of anti-Washington sentiment

Upcoming Senate primaries in Colorado and Arizona will be good indicators of just how anti-Washington voters are heading into the fall election.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 18, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  The Line  
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"Worst Week in Washington": And the winner is....Joe Barton!

Texas Rep. Joe Barton (R) provided a perfect example of snatching defeat from the jaws of political victory on Thursday -- and, in so doing, engineered a come-from-behind victory for the Fix's "Worst Week in Washington" award.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 18, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Worst Week in Washington  
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Tim Pawlenty endorses Kasich, Renacci in Ohio

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will back former Ohio Rep. John Kasich's bid for governor and the Jim Renacci's challenge to Ohio Rep. John Boccieri today, the latest in a series of Midwestern endorsements from the all-but-certain 2012 presidential candidate.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 18, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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S.C. Democrats refuse to oust Alvin Greene as Senate nominee

Members of the South Carolina Democratic Party's executive committee voted overwhelmingly tonight against holding a new Senate primary, upholding last week's controversial win by unemployed veteran Alvin Greene (D) over former state Rep. Vic Rawl (D).

By The Fix  |  June 17, 2010; 9:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
Categories:  Senate  
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Menendez: "If the allegations are true," Alvin Greene should be replaced

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chairman Robert Menendez said today that he might like to see another Democrat replace Alvin Greene after last week's controversial South Carolina Democratic primary but reiterated that the national party isn't heavily invested in the seat.

By The Fix  |  June 17, 2010; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (107)
Categories:  Senate  
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The run of Democratic House retirements that wasn't -- and what it means

When Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) beat state Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) in the special election to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy in January, Democratic strategists openly fretted that the shockwaves caused by that election would lead to a cavalcade of retirements in their already-nervous ranks.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 17, 2010; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
Categories:  House  
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Dale Peterson returns, gives a rip

Dale Peterson is back.

By The Fix  |  June 17, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Odds and Ends  
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Is Colorado's Ken Buck the next Sharron Angle?

Colorado Senate candidate Ken Buck's (R) recent wave of momentum has positioned him as the next grassroots outsider who could potentially win in a Republican primary -- following in the footsteps of Nevada Senate nominee Sharron Angle (R) and Kentucky Senate nominee Rand Paul (R).

By The Fix  |  June 17, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Senate  
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American Crossroads announces 11 Senate targets

American Crossroads, the conservative independent organization promising to spend upwards of $50 million on races this fall, has settled on 11 targeted Senate contests, according to sources briefed on the group's plans.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 17, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Morning Fix  | Tags: Alvin Greene, American Crossroads, California governor's race, Harry Reid, Meg Whitman, Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Democratic primary  
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Rob Simmons' covert Senate campaign?

Former Rep. Rob Simmons (R-Conn.) knows something about covert operations, but is the former CIA officer running a secret campaign?

By The Fix  |  June 16, 2010; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Senate  
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Thune: Obama's oil spill address "should have happened a lot earlier"

South Dakota Sen. John Thune, a potential contender for the GOP presidential nod in 2012, took aim at President Obama in an ABC/Washington Post "Top Line" interview today over the Administration's response to the oil spill off the Gulf Coast.

By The Fix  |  June 16, 2010; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Blaming Bush -- and its limits

President Barack Obama and his Democratic colleagues have taken to blaming former President George W. Bush for many of the woes facing the country. That political strategy has its limits, according to two new polls.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 16, 2010; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (134)
Categories:  White House  
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"Worst Week in Washington": The Nominees

Who had the "Worst Week in Washington"? Cast your vote or make your nomination now.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 16, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Worst Week in Washington  
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Charlie Crist gambles on the left

In the days and weeks following Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's decision to switch his party affiliation from Republican to Independent to run for Senate this year, the central question was where he would try to align himself ideologically.

By The Fix  |  June 16, 2010; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Senate  
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Obama hammers BP in Oval Office speech

President Barack Obama sought to seize control of the ongoing political problem caused by the Gulf Coast oil spill in an Oval Office address last night that was greeted with mixed reactions from the chattering clas

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 16, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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President Obama's Oval Office Address: First Thoughts

President Barack Obama delivered his first Oval Office address tonight, speaking for just under 20 minutes about the work his Administration has done and will continue to do to solve what he described as the "worst environment disaster America has ever faced."

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 15, 2010; 8:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
Categories:  White House  
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Tweeting the Obama Oval Office address

President Barack Obama will address the country tonight on his Administration's ongoing attempt to contain the oil spill in the Gulf Coast, an important moment from a policy and political perspective as he seeks to pivot from the defense he has largely played on the issue to date.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 15, 2010; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Twitter Time  
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Democrats' message problem

A new National Public Radio poll conducted by Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg and Republican pollster Glen Bolger suggests that Democrats have a major messaging problem heading into the fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 15, 2010; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  House  
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The sound of Sharron Angle's silence

Former Nevada state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle (R) made her Washington debut today following her Senate primary victory last week, a largely muted -- literally -- appearance that offered few clues about the woman who will challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this

By The Fix  |  June 15, 2010; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (162)
Categories:  Senate  
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Bob Etheridge and the political power (or lack thereof) of a gaffe

North Carolina Rep. Bob Etheridge's confrontation on a Washington street with someone trying to videotape him immediately led to speculation that the Democratic incumbent had badly jeopardized his chances of winning re-election this November.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 15, 2010; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (164)
Categories:  House  
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Obama to Nevada for Harry Reid in July

President Barack Obama will head back to Nevada to appear with Harry Reid (Nev.) early next month, a sign that the Senate Majority Leader believes more harm than good will come out of a visit from the chief executive in one of the swingiest of states.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 15, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Utah Rep. Jim Matheson spends big to fend off primary challenger, anti-establishment fever

Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) is spending real big money as he faces the first primary of his 10-year congressional career next Tuesday, as he aims to avoid becoming the latest victim of an anti-establishment environment.

By The Fix  |  June 14, 2010; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  House  
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The lesson of Bob Etheridge

North Carolina Rep. Bob Etheridge's confrontation with someone -- the identity and affiliation of the questioner has yet to be determined -- on a sidewalk in Washington should serve as a reminder to all politicians: you are always on tape.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 14, 2010; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (196)
Categories:  House  
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Incumbents Beware! (Or Not)

Is 2010 an anti-incumbent year? Or is Jon Stewart right?

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 14, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
Categories:  House  
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American Crossroads attacks Harry Reid in new ads

American Crossroads, a conservative outside organization, is launching television ads today that take Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to task for the economic stimulus package passed by Congress last year.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 14, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (147)
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