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The Fix: December 12, 2010 - December 18, 2010

The Fix Weekly Face-Offs!

Ever wanted to be the judge AND the jury? Us too. So we came up with the idea of the Fix Weekly Face-Offs where you, dear reader provide the matchup and we decide the answer. On anything. (You can watch...

By Chris Cillizza  | December 18, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fix Weekly Face-Offs  
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The Fix's Presidential Primary Debate Calendar

There are no major candidates in the race yet, but boy do we have some debates! TV networks this week announced six new debates that will lead up to the 2012 GOP presidential nominating process, and The Fix is here to help you sort through the clutter. Not all the details are available, so we're providing what we've got right now. We will continue to populate this list as details warrant, so check back in the future.

By Aaron Blake  | December 17, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Afternoon Fix: Mike Duncan won't seek RNC chair; Lieberman says he would likely run as an independent; Palin will wait to announce intentions

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan announced Friday that he will not seek his old job. Duncan, who participated in a candidates debate recently, said "changes in my family, business and outside responsibilities make it impossible for me to devote the time needed to effectively lead the RNC over the next two years." Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Friday that, if he runs for reelection, it's likely to be as an independent candidate. Lieberman, a former Democrat who still caucuses with the party, has previously suggested he could run in either the GOP or Democratic primaries.

By Chris Cillizza  | December 17, 2010; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Illinois: Democrats' lone redistricting prize is a big one

When it comes to redistricting, Illinois is Democrats' prize pig. And it might be the biggest prize on the map for either party. The Democrats control the drawing of the map in only seven states this year. But none of them compare to the Land of Lincoln. In fact, in the other six - Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, Arkansas, West Virginia and Rhode Island - the Democrats already control 25 of 32 congressional seats. That doesn't leave much room for expanding the map. Illinois is another story. Republicans just took four seats from Democrats and now hold an 11-to-8 edge in the state's congressional delegation. That means lots of room for gains.

By Aaron Blake  | December 17, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mapping the Future, Redistricting  
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The Ames Straw Poll: To compete or not to compete

The latest Fix handicapping of the 2012 Republican presidential field.

By Chris Cillizza  | December 17, 2010; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama's Mr. Fix-It (VIDEO)

Today's "Fast Fix" video tells you everything you need to know about President Obama's Mr. Fix-It: David Plouffe.

By Chris Cillizza  | December 17, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Why Sarah Palin could struggle in 2012

Sarah Palin has been making the rounds with more traditional media of late, a development that has people rightly wagering that she may be inching toward a presidential run.

By Chris Cillizza  | December 17, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: House tax cut vote delayed as liberals revolt; Jordan unlikely to challenge Sherrod Brown; Simmons blames NRSC

A House vote on President Obama's tax cut compromise has been delayed amidst a liberal revolt, but the vote is still expected later today. The package passed in the Senate on Wednesday. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who was thought to be one of the more likely challengers to Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in 2012, told Real Clear Politics that he is leaning "heavily against" running for Senate.

By Chris Cillizza  | December 16, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Could "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" save Joe Lieberman?

The momentum that appears to be gathering behind Senate passage of a repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding gays in the military could hand Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman (I) a major legislative victory. But, could it save him in his reelection bid in 2012?

By Chris Cillizza  | December 16, 2010; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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Everyone hates Congress: Does it matter? (VIDEO)

Congress is deeply unpopular. Does it matter? Today's "Fast Fix" episode answers that question.

By Chris Cillizza  | December 16, 2010; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Party-switchers beware: it ain't easy

Texas state Rep. Aaron Pena's switch from Democrat to Republican this week made him the 20th state legislator since Nov. 2 to make the switch to the GOP. The switches have largely been relegated to the south, but switchers have also made the leap in Maine and South Dakota, signifying the GOP's resurgence and a desire for members to further their political goals. Unfortunately for them, it doesn't always turn out like that. Recent party-switchers (think Sen. Arlen Specter, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Rep. Parker Griffith this year) have an awful history of winning their next elections.

By Aaron Blake  | December 16, 2010; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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America the pessimistic

Americans are deeply pessimistic about the state of the country and its future, according to a series of new national polls, a negativity that puts politicians in a difficult place as they try to woo voters and keep hold on office.

By Chris Cillizza  | December 16, 2010; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Senate passes tax cut bill; more presidential debates set for New Hampshire and South Carolina; Coleman won't back Steele

The Senate passed President Obama's tax cut compromise today, 81-19. The House, where passage should prove much tougher, is expected to take it up on Thursday. More 2012 GOP presidential primary debates have been set. ABC News will air a debate from New Hampshire on an undetermined date (CNN on Tuesday announced a June 7 debate), and Fox News will host two debates in South Carolina - one on May 5 and one in 2012 before the primary.

By Chris Cillizza  | December 15, 2010; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Congress' record unpopularity

A record low of 13 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, the lowest rating in Gallup Poll history and an indication that Americans remain largely dissatisfied with lawmakers even after the GOP's sweeping wins in last month's midterm election.

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 15, 2010; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House, Senate  
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Will health care hurt President Obama? (VIDEO)

Today's "Fast Fix" episode examines the legal and political wrangling over President Obama's health care law.

By Chris Cillizza  | December 15, 2010; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The political problem with the deficit

None of the nine most-mentioned options for solving -- or at least addressing -- the nation's long-term debt issues garner majority support in a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, data that suggests the tremendous political problems inherent in trying to address the country's fiscal health.

By Chris Cillizza  | December 15, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Obama says people don't think he has changed Washington; Romney opposes tax cut package; Franken says Obama 'punted on first down'; Sherrod Brown to switch vote

President Obama told a Colorado TV station: "I don't think there's a sense that I've been successful" at changing the way Washington does business. Potential GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has come out in opposition to President Obama's tax cut compromise. Meanwhile another potential candidate, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), appears to be criticizing Romney. Thune voted for the package.

By Chris Cillizza  | December 14, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Republican candidates flood Senate primaries

Just more than one month into the 2012 election cycle, the surge in contested Republican primaries shows no signs of abating. Already, primaries are forming for many of the GOP's most targeted Senate seats, including in Florida, Missouri, Nebraska and Virginia. Republican momentum in 2010 led to lots of contested primaries, many which turned out to hurt the GOP's chances of taking the Senate. Whether this year's primaries will prove as harmful won't be known for a long time. Increasingly, though, it looks like the potential is there for some damaging nominating contests.

By Aaron Blake  | December 14, 2010; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Republican Party, Senate  
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Can Michael Steele win?

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele stunned the GOP political world Monday, announcing that he will for a second term. But, can he win?

By Chris Cillizza  | December 14, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tax cut "no" votes run the ideological spectrum in Senate

The Senate's vote yesterday to end debate on the tax-cut deal between President Obama and congressional Republicans represented a major bipartisan accomplishment, with the plan winning support even from the half-dozen Democrats who had railed against it earlier this month.

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 14, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The billion dollar man (VIDEO)

Today's "Fast Fix" breaks down how President Obama could raise $1 billion for his reelection race in 2012 -- and what it would mean if he did.

By Chris Cillizza  | December 14, 2010; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The unpredictable Michael Steele

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele's announcement Monday that he will seek a second term as chairman of the committee came as a surprise to many

By Chris Cillizza  | December 14, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Michael Steele to run for second term at RNC

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele announced Monday that he will seek another term as chairman of the committee.

By Aaron Blake  | December 13, 2010; 8:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Tax cut deal clears hurdle in Senate; Virginia judge strikes down health care bill's 'individual mandate'; reapportionment numbers due out on Dec. 21

The Senate voted to move forward with a vote on President Obama's tax cut compromise package on Monday. The bill is expected to pass in the Senate on Tuesday, at which time all eyes will be on the House.

By Chris Cillizza  | December 13, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The future of Ken Cuccinelli

The decision today by a federal judge in Virginia that a provision of President Obama's health care law is unconstitutional thrusts state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli into the national spotlig

By Chris Cillizza  | December 13, 2010; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Health Care  
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The Fix Weekly Matchups

The Fix "Weekly Matchups" rules on Bill Clinton vs Hillary Clinton and much, much more.

By Chris Cillizza  | December 13, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Why the tax compromise will pass

For all of the complaints coming from the liberal left about the tax deal cut by President Obama last week, the compromise plan is almost certain to pass Congress in the next few days for one simple reason: it's popular.

By Chris Cillizza  | December 13, 2010; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Why Mike Bloomberg won't run for president (VIDEO)

Today's Fast Fix breaks down why New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg won't run for president in 2012.

By Chris Cillizza  | December 13, 2010; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Fix's top 10 political moments of 2010

As the lame duck session winds to an end and Congress prepares for the 112th Congress, we thought it appropriate to look back on the 2010 election and pick out 10 moments from the past year -- moments that defined the election, will have lasting effects, or were just plan interesting.

By Aaron Blake  | December 13, 2010; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Fix Weekly Matchups

The Fix debuts a new interactive feature: The Fix Weekly Matchups. Tune in at 11 am today.

By Chris Cillizza  | December 13, 2010; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Decision Day for Michael Steele at RNC?

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is set to announce whether he will seek another term tonight.

By Chris Cillizza  | December 13, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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