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The Fix: January 9, 2011 - January 15, 2011

Afternoon Fix: Reince Priebus elected Republican National Committee chairman; Chris Christie to headline NRCC fundraising dinner

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

By Felicia Sonmez  | January 14, 2011; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Reince Priebus wins RNC Chairmanship

Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus won a protracted fight for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee, replacing his one-time ally Michael Steele at the helm of the committee

By Chris Cillizza  | January 14, 2011; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Michael Steele bows out of RNC Chair race, endorses Maria Cino

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele bowed out of his longshot bid for a second term, bringing an ignominious end to a two-year tenure more defined by gaffes than the electoral victories his party wracked up.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 14, 2011; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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Liveblogging the Republican National Committee Chair race!

The Fix liveblogs the Republican National Committee chairman's election.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 14, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The 10 best races of 2011

The start of the new year means a whole new set of races to watch and, as importantly, to mine for clues about the political atmosphere in which the 2012 presidential race -- as well as a slew of House, Senate and gubernatorial contests -- will take place. While the focus for most political junkies will be on governor's race in Kentucky and Mississippi -- not to mention a race for Chicago mayor featuring former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel -- there are a slew of other contests worth watching. Our top 10 races of 2011.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 14, 2011; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Line  
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Four things to watch at the Republican National Committee Chair election

The 168 members of the Republican National Committee will gather today in Maryland to pick their chairman for the next two years. The drama is not whether current chair Michael Steele can win a second term -- he can't -- but who will step into the leadership void for a party beginning the herculean task of defeating President Obama in 2012. Here are four things to watch at today's chair vote.

By Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake  | January 14, 2011; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: David Dewhurst leaning toward bid to succeed Kay Bailey Hutchison; Tim Pawlenty says Sarah Palin was "falsely accused"

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By Chris Cillizza  | January 13, 2011; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mixed seating at the State of the Union: Just a stunt?

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) is taking the idea of toning down partisanship one step further -- he wants Republicans and Democrats to sit together at this year's State of the Union.

By Rachel Weiner  | January 13, 2011; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House, Senate  
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Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison won't seek reelection

Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison announced today she will not seek a fourth term, the first incumbent up for reelection in 2012 to retire. "I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for re-election in 2012," Hutchison said in a statement released this afternoon. "That should give the people of Texas ample time to consider who my successor will be."

By Chris Cillizza  | January 13, 2011; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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The political perils of California's redistricting process

Predicting how a state will draw its new congressional districts is often a fool's errand. But nowhere is that the case more than in California. That's because the drawing and approval of the state's 53 districts this year is in the hands of 14 people. No, they're not all men, but they are mostly amateurs, and they're not supposed to have any regard for incumbents, which means they could do just about anything. And if you're a member of Congress from California, that's a very scary proposition.

By Aaron Blake  | January 13, 2011; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mapping the Future, Redistricting  
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Who had the "Worst Week in Washington"?

Who had the "Worst Week in Washington"?Tweet your nominations to #worstweek

By Chris Cillizza  | January 13, 2011; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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John Sununu endorses Reince Priebus for RNC Chair

New Hampshire Republican party chairman John Sununu will endorse Reince Priebus for Republican National Committee Chairman today, providing a potentially critical last minute boost for the frontrunner heading into tomorrow's vote.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 13, 2011; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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First thoughts on President Obama's Tucson speech

President Obama delivered a stirring address Wednesday night at a memorial service for the victims of the Tucson shooting, calling on the country to collectively gather itself and move forward together in hopes of living up to the ideals represented by those who lost their lives.

By Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake  | January 13, 2011; 7:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: John Boehner endorses Maria Cino for RNC chair; Bob Menendez could face tough 2012 race

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By Chris Cillizza  | January 12, 2011; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fast Fix: Sarah Palin responds (VIDEO)

In today's episode of the "Fast Fix", we break down the how and why of Sarah Palin's Facebook statement on the Tucson shooting.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 12, 2011; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Handicapping the Republican National Committee chair race: The Final Edition

Less than two days before the vote to select a new chairman of the Republican National Committee takes place -- the Fix will be their live-blogging the proceedings! -- uncertainty still reigns in a race more defined by who won't win than who will.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 12, 2011; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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Sarah Palin as provocateur

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's statement that the media was committing "blood libel" against her is creating considerable controversy.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 12, 2011; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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It's Go Time for Pawlenty

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's book tour launches Thursday, and it's do or die time for the potential 2012 presidential hopeful. Fighting low name ID, the governor needs a successful rollout to be taken seriously.

By Aaron Blake  | January 12, 2011; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Why John Ensign has it harder than David Vitter did

Sen. John Ensign just saw a Republican colleague overcome a prostitution scandal to win reelection. And he's got to be asking himself about now, 'If David Vitter can do it; why not me?' Unfortunately for Ensign, who is still dealing with the fallout of his affair with a former staffer, his situation is shaping up much differently than Vitter's did. And 17 months before the 2012 primary, the Nevada Republican has got much bigger electoral problems than Vitter ever did.

By Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza  | January 12, 2011; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Barbour, Daniels deliver "state of the state" addresses; Ensign would lose to Heller in primary match-up

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By Chris Cillizza  | January 11, 2011; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What President Obama should say in Tucson (and how he should say it)

What should President Obama say in Tucson tomorrow. A look at three speeches by past presidents faced with national tragedies provides some clues

By Chris Cillizza  | January 11, 2011; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fast Fix: Tougher Gun Laws? (VIDEO)

Will the shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords lead to tougher gun laws? Probably not. We explain why in today's episode of the "Fast Fix".

By Chris Cillizza  | January 11, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Southern Democrats in dire straits; 2011 looms large

The Southern Democrat is hurting, and it's only getting worse as the days progress. But just how bad a state are Southern Democrats really in right now? And can they make a comeback. The elections of 2011 will have a lot to say about that.

By Aaron Blake  | January 11, 2011; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Democratic Party  
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The "Haves" and the "Have Nots" of the 2012 GOP presidential race

The 2012 Republican presidential race is a contest between the "haves" and the "have nots".

By Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake  | January 11, 2011; 7:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jared Lee Loughner was a registered independent, didn't vote in 2010 election

Suspected Arizona gunman Jarod Lee Loughner was registered to vote as an independent and did not participate in the 2010 election, according to the Secretary of State's office.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 10, 2011; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Gabrielle Giffords doctor: "We're not out of the woods yet"; Tom DeLay sentenced to three years in prison

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

By Chris Cillizza  | January 10, 2011; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tom DeLay sentenced to three-year prison term

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was sentenced to a three year jail term for illegally funneling corporate money into Texas state House races, a ruling that ends a near-decade long legal and political battle.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 10, 2011; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Fix Weekly Faceoffs: Bill Daley vs Joe Biden, Jim DeMint vs Terry Branstad and more!

The Fix Weekly Face-Offs!

By Chris Cillizza  | January 10, 2011; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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When politics stops (and how it never really does)

How politics never stops -- even in moments of national tragedy.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 10, 2011; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Why the Giffords shooting isn't likely to change nation's gun laws

There will likely be some talk of tightening gun laws in the wake of the Giffords shooting. But, if history is a guide, there won't be any major changes.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 10, 2011; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The tea party: movement or moment?

The tea party has certainly made its mark on the politics. But does it have a future? It's a question that political observers have been asking ever since the tea party came along -- whether it's here to stay or is simply a flash in the pan. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) weighed in on that very question this weekend. During an interview that aired Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," Reid suggested the tea party is a fleeting sensation.

By Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza  | January 10, 2011; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Fix Weekly Face-Offs

Pick two things -- ANY two things -- and the Fix will offer a ruling. It's the Fix Weekly Face-Off!

By Chris Cillizza  | January 9, 2011; 6:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gabrielle Giffords' 2010 campaign was costly, close, and contentious

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By Chris Cillizza and Paul Kane  | January 9, 2011; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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