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

"Fast Fix": 60 seconds of political prognostication

The "Fast Fix" answers your Twitter and Facebook questions in 60 seconds!

By Chris Cillizza  | November 19, 2010; 7:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: House GOP's gain is now 61 as Etheridge concedes; Israel is new DCCC chairman; Waters ethics trial in limbo

Republicans have now gained 62 seats in this year's election, after Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.) conceded Friday to Rep.-elect Renee Ellmers (R).

By Aaron Blake  | November 19, 2010; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Is Michael Steele edging toward a reelection bid?

In a memo distributed to the Republican National Committee members today, Chairman Michael Steele pushed back against a growing din of criticism over his two years in office, arguing that his time in the post has been defined by a series of electoral, fundraising and grassroots successes.

By Chris Cillizza  | November 19, 2010; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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North Carolina, Indiana host marquee governors races in 2012

A look at the five most competitive governors races on the ballot in 2011 and 2012

By Chris Cillizza  | November 19, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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White House, Harry Reid court Patty Murray for DSCC chair

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and other senior Democratic senators are courting Washington State Sen. Patty Murray to take the chairmanship of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and she huddled with White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina on Thursday to discuss the possibility, according to a senior Democratic source.

By Chris Cillizza  | November 19, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: House GOP backs earmark ban; censure recommended for Rangel; DSCC chairman decision delayed until Christmas

House Republicans unanimously adopted an earmark ban today, joining Senate Republicans in doing so. Meanwhile, the House GOP killed a three-month extension of unemployment benefits, citing the lack of spending cuts to pay for the extension.

By Aaron Blake  | November 18, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The best campaign ads of 2010

The Fix hands on the awards for the best positive and negative campaign commercials of the 2010 midterm elections.

By Chris Cillizza  | November 18, 2010; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fast Fix: Bye-partisanship?

Today's Fast Fix video takes on bipartisanship -- is it even possible in politics these days?

By Chris Cillizza  | November 18, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Maria Cino takes steps toward run at RNC chairmanship

Former Republican National Committee official Mario Cino is dipping her toe in the water for a run at the RNC chairmanship, forming a working group to explore a bid and registering a campaign website.

By Aaron Blake  | November 18, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mapping the Future: GOP will draw map in Texas, but gaining seats difficult

A look at Republicans edge in the redistricting process in Texas and what it might mean for members of the U.S. House in 2012.

By Aaron Blake  | November 18, 2010; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mapping the Future, Redistricting  
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Sarah Palin leans forward on 2012 bid

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gave her strongest indication to date that she is seriously considering a run for president in an interview with the New York Times, a move that could freeze an already slow-starting race.

By Chris Cillizza  | November 18, 2010; 7:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Pelosi easily wins minority leader post; Boehner unanimous GOP choice for speaker; AP calls it for Murkowski

Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been elected minority leader by her fellow House Democrats, easily turning aside a nominal challenge from Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) by a margin of 150 votes to 43 votes. Meanwhile, Republicans unanimously chose Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) as their nominee for speaker, and the AP has called the Alaska Senate race for Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R).

By Aaron Blake  | November 17, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski wins write-in bid

Lisa Murkowski wins reelection with write-in candidacy to defeat tea party candidate Joe Miller.

By Aaron Blake  | November 17, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The best candidate of 2010

Florida Sen.-elect Marco Rubio is the Fix's choice for the best candidate of 2010.

By Chris Cillizza  | November 17, 2010; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fast Fix: Five things you might not know about John Boehner

Today's "Fast Fix" video tells you five things you probably don't know about John Boehner.

By Chris Cillizza  | November 17, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A 2012 field without a frontrunner

A new Gallup poll shows no 2012 Republican candidate winning more than 20 percent of the vote, a muddle from top to bottom that virtually ensures a large field and a wide-open race for the right to take on President Obama.

By Chris Cillizza  | November 17, 2010; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Rangel convicted of breaking 11 rules; RNC political director weighs run against Steele; Bush says Cheney was the 'right pick'

Afternoon Fix: Rangel convicted of breaking 11 rules; RNC political director weighs run against Steele; Bush says Cheney was the 'right pick'

By Chris Cillizza  | November 16, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gentry Collins weighing RNC Chairmanship bid

Republican National Committee political director Gentry Collins is actively considering whether to run for the chairmanship of the party's national committee, according to three sources familiar with his thinking, a bid that would come hard on the heels of his resignation from the RNC Tuesday.

By Chris Cillizza  | November 16, 2010; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Did the "Pledge to America" work?

Two weeks removed from an election that saw their party gain at least 60 seats and recapture control of the House, Republicans are engaged in an active debate over whether their much-hyped "Pledge to America" deserves credit for the victory.

By Chris Cillizza  | November 16, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairmanship still undecided

Washington State Sen. Patty Murray deflected questions about whether she will be the next head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee as the search to fill the position seemed certain to extend beyond today.

By Felicia Sonmez  | November 16, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fast Fix: A one term president?

Today's "Fast Fix" video examines whether President Obama would be better off not running for a second term.

By Chris Cillizza  | November 16, 2010; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Teamsters poll shows Rahm Emanuel with wide lead in Chicago mayoral race

A new survey of likely voters shows former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (D) is the early frontrunner in the race to succeed outgoing Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley (D).

By Felicia Sonmez  | November 16, 2010; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lisa Murkowski takes shots at Sarah Palin, tea party

Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski had some harsh criticism for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) during an interview Monday night with CBS' Katie Couric.

By Chris Cillizza  | November 16, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Lugar to run for reelection; McConnell flips to supporting earmark ban; Rangel trial begins and ends, minus Rangel

Afternoon Fix: Lugar to run for reelection; McConnell flips to supporting earmark ban; Rangel trial begins and ends, minus Rangel

By Chris Cillizza  | November 15, 2010; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The best campaign of the 2010 election

Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada wins the Fix's award for the best campaign of the 2010 election.

By Chris Cillizza  | November 15, 2010; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fast Fix: Will the lame duck Congress be lame?

The lame-duck session of the 111th Congress arrives back in Washington today with a full plate of business from debating what to do with the Bush era tax cuts for wealthy Americans to a fight over whether or not to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on gays in the military.

By Chris Cillizza  | November 15, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kay Bailey Hutchison weighs reelection, could face real primary

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison could be the first primary casualty of 2012. The Texas Republican, after two years of back and forth over whether she will or won't retire, will have to make a decision soon about 2012. Waiting in the wings are a slate of Republicans who have already spent two years eyeing the race, including some who are prepared to run against her even if she seeks reelection.

By Aaron Blake  | November 15, 2010; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jeb Bush rules out presidential run -- for now

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush knocked down speculation -- again -- that he might consider a run for president in 2012 but left the door open to a national bid down the line in a Sunday night interview with CNN's Candy Crowley.

By Chris Cillizza  | November 15, 2010; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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