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The Fix: August 8, 2010 - August 14, 2010

"Live Fix" chat: What Tuesday night meant (and didn't), Linda McMahon AND pro wrestling

Earlier today, we fielded question from Fixistas across the country about what Tuesday's primaries meant, some of the top governor's races in the country and, yes, our six favorite finishing moves in professional wrestling.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 13, 2010; 6:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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"Worst Week in Washington" Winner: Charlie Rangel

Just as we were debating who should win "Worst Week in Washington" this week, a video of embattled New York Rep. Charlie Rangel (D) dancing onstage at his 80th birthday party this week surfaced. Case closed.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 13, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Worst Week in Washington  
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Daily Fix Poll: Assessing David Vitter's "serious sin"

What effect will Louisiana Sen. David Vitter's admission of involvement in a prostitution ring have on his re-election race this fall?

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 13, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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President Obama, the 50 percent mark and the battle for the House

The Fix ranks the top 30 House races most likely to switch parties this fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 13, 2010; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Line  
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Social Security heats up as midterm issue

Former Nevada Assemblywoman Sharron Angle is up with a new television ad pledging to "save" Social Security and accusing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) of "raiding" the retirement trust fund.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 13, 2010; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fix Primary prediction contest: We have a winner!

The Fix picks a winner for our Colorado primary prediction contest.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 12, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Beyond the gaffes, candidates diverge in wooing Nevada's Hispanic vote

There have been gaffes galore in the Silver State over the past week or two as candidates for Senate and governor have been wooing Hispanic voters. But will these campaign-trail stumbles have an impact in November?

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 12, 2010; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors , Senate  
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Updated Senate and Governor rankings!

The Fix offers our updated Senate and gubernatorial rating for 2010 races.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 12, 2010; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fix Daily Poll: The volatile midterm electorate

The new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll confirmed what most campaign-watchers have known for months -- voters are angry, dissatisfied, unhappy and fed up. But there are as many objects of their rage as there are words to describe it.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 12, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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"Worst Week in Washington": The Nominations!

Who had the "Worst Week in Washington"? Offer your nominees!

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 12, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pessimism reigns with American public

The American public is deeply dissatisfied with Congress, the two political parties and the broad direction of the country, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, a pessimism that suggests wholesale change is a distinct possibility at the ballot box this fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 12, 2010; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Can Linda McMahon learn from Al Franken?

Is a comparison between Linda McMahon and Al Franken warranted? And is it instructive?

By Aaron Blake  |  August 11, 2010; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Winners and losers from the Aug. 10 primaries

The Fix breaks down the winners and losers from the Aug. 10 primaries in Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia and Minnesota.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 11, 2010; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Winners and Losers  
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Anna Burger to leave SEIU, Change to Win

Anna Burger, one of the most powerful figures in the organized labor, will step aside from her current posts as secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union and chairman of the labor collective Change to Win to pursue an effort to build an long-term progressive organization.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 11, 2010; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Democratic Party  
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Handel concedes to Deal in Georgia GOP governor primary

Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel has conceded the state's GOP governor primary to former Rep. Nathan Deal, averting what could have been a lengthy recount of Tuesday's results.

By Aaron Blake  |  August 11, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fix Daily Poll: Will WWE help or hurt Linda McMahon?

Will Linda McMahon's time as WWE CEO be an asset or a liability in November?

By Aaron Blake  |  August 11, 2010; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mixed results for party establishment in Colorado Senate primaries

Appointed Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet's solid primary victory over former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff provided a much-needed piece of good news for the Democratic establishment in Washington who had lined up heavily behind the incumbent.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 11, 2010; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Michael Bennet wins Colorado Senate primary

Appointed Sen. Michael Bennet held a narrow lead over former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff in the Colorado Democratic Senate primary, the marquee event of a night in which four states are slated to pick candidates for the fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 11, 2010; 2:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Fix covers the Aug. 10 primaries live!

The Fix covers tonight's primaries live!

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 10, 2010; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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House Democrat distances from Obama, Pelosi in TV ad

A House Democrat in Indiana is using images of President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a new ad separating himself from his party's leaders.

By Aaron Blake  |  August 10, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fix Daily Poll: Robert Gibbs and the "professional left"

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs' comments expressing frustration with what he termed the "professional left" the latest example of tensions between the administration and the Democratic Party's left flank bubbling over.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 10, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Charlie Rangel vows to stay and fight

New York Rep. Charlie Rangel's decision to take to the House floor today to defend himself against ethics charges further complicated Democrats' ability to drive their preferred economic message while handing Republicans a cudgel with which they immediately began to use to beat up on endangered incumbents.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 10, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fix primary prediction contest comes to Colorado!

Make your prediction of the order of finish in today's Colorado Democratic Senate primary between Michael Bennet and Andrew Romanoff!

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 10, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Haley Barbour's Inner Circle

A look at Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's political inner circle.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 10, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Can Michael Bennet eke out a win in Colorado?

Appointed Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet faces voters for the first time today in a primary fight against state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff that has become a nip and tuck affair over the last week or so.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 10, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rep. Chet Edwards' seat in Texas emerging as must-win for GOP

If Republicans are to retake the House this year, they're probably going to have to do something they haven't been able to do for 20 years: beat Rep. Chet Edwards (R-Texas).

By Aaron Blake  |  August 9, 2010; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fix Daily Poll: Which self-funder has the best shot at winning?

It's been a banner year for self-funders, or so we're being led to believe. The real question is: in addition to making some lucky consultants rich, will some of these wealthy candidates actually win elective office?

By Aaron Blake  |  August 9, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bill Clinton versus Obama on the campaign trail

A little while back, we wrote about how new Gallup data indicated that former President Bill Clinton might prove to be a more effective surrogate for candidates this fall than President Barack Obama. Now, it appears that those numbers are bearing out on the campaign trail.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 9, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Connecticut governor primaries tight; Linda McMahon coasting in Senate primary

Connecticut is set to provide plenty of drama on primary day Tuesday, but it won't be in the restarted GOP Senate primary between Linda McMahon and former Rep. Rob Simmons, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

By Aaron Blake  |  August 9, 2010; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Republicans, Democrats and the George W. Bush factor

His memoir isn't due to hit the shelves for another three months, but already, George W. Bush is well on his way to returning to the national spotlight.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 9, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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