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The Fix: January 2, 2011 - January 8, 2011

Gabrielle Giffords shot at public event in Tucson

Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head by a gunman at a public event earlier today and remains in critical condition following surgery. The Fix profiled Giffords -- and her very competitive House race -- last year....

By Chris Cillizza  | January 8, 2011; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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"Worst Week in Washington": Nancy Pelosi

The first "winner" of our first"Worst Week in Washington" award of 2011 is Nancy Pelosi, the woman who went from speaker of the House to minority leader this week. But, the handover of power wasn't that simple. As we write...

By Chris Cillizza  | January 8, 2011; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Worst Week in Washington  
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Afternoon Fix: Obama taps Gene Sperling to lead National Economic Council; Kent Conrad airs first radio ad

All the political news you need from the day that was.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 7, 2011; 5:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Uncertainty reigns in 2012 House handicapping

The Fix offers the 10 House Members in the most electoral peril heading into the 2012 election.

By Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake  | January 7, 2011; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Line  
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Fast Fix: The White House Shuffle (VIDEO)

Today's episode of "Fast Fix" breaks down what the staff shuffle at the White House means for President Obama.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 7, 2011; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pawlenty's defense of Palin

Tim Pawlenty takes aim at critics of Sarah Palin in his new book, which is set to released Tuesday. And in doing so, the former Minnesota governor seems to be saying something about his own blue-collar appeal as he weighs a run - perhaps against Palin - for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

By Aaron Blake  | January 7, 2011; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Outside groups begin advertising in North Dakota Senate race

Outside groups aligned with both parties are already advertising in North Dakota, an early sign of the competitiveness of the state's Senate race and of the likely heavy spending by third party groups on contests around the country in 2012.

By Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake  | January 7, 2011; 7:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Obama taps William Daley as chief of staff; Pawlenty on potential Bachmann White House run: "It's a free country"

All the political news you need from the day that was.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 6, 2011; 6:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Who had the "Worst Week in Washington"?

The Fix is on the lookout for the person, place or thing that has the "Worst Week in Washington". Nominate away!

By Chris Cillizza  | January 6, 2011; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What the Bill Daley hire tells us about the White House

Bill Daley is the new White House chief of staff. What does his hiring tell us about the White House?

By Chris Cillizza  | January 6, 2011; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Health care repeal: Democrats' dilemma or GOP overreach?

With the House set to vote on a repeal of the health care bill next week, the drama is in the details. The bill is 100 percent symbolic; it will not pass in the Democratic-led Senate, and even if it did, Republicans could expect a lightning-fast veto from President Obama (this is his major legislative initiative, after all). Strategists on both sides of the issue acknowledge that this is pure theater, aimed at fulfilling a Republican campaign promise to hold the vote and, hopefully, having the helpful side effect of pushing a few Democrats into another tough vote on the health care bill. But how tough is the vote, really?

By Aaron Blake  | January 6, 2011; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fast Fix: Constitutional Stunt? (VIDEO)

House Republicans are reading the Constitution on the House floor today. Is a stunt or symbolically important?

By Chris Cillizza  | January 6, 2011; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Democrats' defection from Pelosi is historic

With 19 Democrats withholding support from Nancy Pelosi for House speaker on Wednesday, it represented the largest defection from a party's speaker nominee in nearly a century.

By Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza  | January 6, 2011; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Nancy Pelosi vs John Boehner: Whose speech was better?

Who gave the better speech today: Nancy Pelosi or John Boehner? Vote now!

By Chris Cillizza  | January 5, 2011; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: John Boehner elected speaker of the House; William Daley visits the White House

All the political news you need from the day that was.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 5, 2011; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Members likely to be pitted against each other with Ohio losing two seats

Ohio is losing two congressional seats, which means 2012 could feature two Democratic members running against each other and two Republican members running against each other. With Republicans in charge of the redistricting process in the state, two Cleveland-area Democrats are sure to be drawn into the same district. The remaining question is where else does the GOP nix a seat. And it may well come at the expense of a Republican.

By Aaron Blake  | January 5, 2011; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mapping the Future, Redistricting  
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Triangulation, Republican-style

Republicans with an eye on the 2012 presidential nomination may well distance themselves from the party's Washington wing to bolster their outsider credentials.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 5, 2011; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Who will be the next Robert Gibbs?

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has resigned. Who will take his job?

By Chris Cillizza  | January 5, 2011; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ten members to watch in the 112th Congress

The Fix highlights ten Members of Congress to watch in the 112th Congress.

By Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake  | January 5, 2011; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: President Obama mulls major staff shuffle; Boehner makes calls on behalf of Maria Cino

All the political news you need from the day that was.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 4, 2011; 8:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What Robert Gibbs' departure could mean

The news -- first reported by the Post's Anne Kornblut and Scott Wilson -- that White House press secretary Robert Gibbs is weighing the possibility of leaving his current job to pursue an outside consulting gig is proof that the 2012 presidential race could be gearing up sooner rather than later.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 4, 2011; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Democrats' tough road back to a House majority

Just exactly how difficult is the Democrats' path back to the majority? It might be tougher than you think. A look at how Obama-Republican districts in 2012 are different than McCain-Democrat districts were in 2010.

By Aaron Blake  | January 4, 2011; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Obama bump: A moment in time or real movement?

President Obama's job approval ratings are rising. Is it a temporary blip or a longer term trend?

By Chris Cillizza  | January 4, 2011; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Rising returns!

One of our favorite regular features on the Fix is "The Rising" (with apologies to Bruce Springsteen) -- where we spotlight lesser-known politicians who have "star" written all over them.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 4, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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An open slot in the 2012 Republican field

A look at the absence of an obvious 2012 Republican presidential candidate who can appeal to tea party supporters who are focused on economic issues.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 4, 2011; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Waiting for Ron Johnson

Two months after the Wisconsin businessman rode his way into the Senate and became the Republican Party's Case Study No. 1 for the type of candidates it would like to recruit, we're still waiting for Case Study No. 2.

By Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza  | January 4, 2011; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: House health care repeal vote set for Jan. 12; Michael Steele faces off against challengers at RNC debate

All the political news you need from the day that was.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 3, 2011; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fix Weekly Face-off: John Boehner vs. Harry Reid, Jim Webb vs. Tim Kaine, Coke vs. Pepsi

The Fix breaks down everything from John Boehner and Harry Reid to the endless Coke vs Pepsi debate.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 3, 2011; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The best (and the worst) of the RNC chair debate

The Fix analyzes who won -- and lost -- in the Republican National Committee Chairman's debate.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 3, 2011; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Steele: No 'alarm bells' at RNC

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele stood up to the criticism being lodged against him at Monday's RNC chairman debate, standing behind his record over the last two years as four opponents noted the committee's troubles. He shrugged at the idea that the committee was in crisis and said there are no "alarm bells" going off.

By Aaron Blake  | January 3, 2011; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Fix Weekly Face-Offs!

Welcome to 2011, Fix-style! At 11 a.m., we'll take a handful of user-submitted face-offs and provide a ruling. Politics is the focus but we will take all-comers. Gaga or Bieber? Lakers or Spurs? We have your answers! Make sure to...

By Chris Cillizza  | January 3, 2011; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Michael Steele faces down his rivals

Today's Republican National Committee chairmanship debate will be the first time Michael Steele has faced his critics in months.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 3, 2011; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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