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The Fix: January 16, 2011 - January 22, 2011

Mitt Romney tops New Hampshire presidential straw poll; tea-party favorite Jack Kimball elected state GOP chair

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) took the top spot in a presidential straw poll of the 493 members of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee today while tea-party-backed businessman Jack Kimball bested an establishment candidate to become the state party's new chair.

By Felicia Sonmez  | January 22, 2011; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2012, Republican Party, White House  
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Hu Jintao wins the "Worst Week in Washington"

Chinese President Hu Jintao wins the Fix's "Worst Week in Washington" award.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 22, 2011; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Paul Ryan to deliver State of the Union response; Evan Bayh joins private equity firm

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By Chris Cillizza  | January 21, 2011; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Odds good for Democrats as Nevada adds a seat

Explosive growth in the Las Vegas area means Nevada will gain a congressional seat in 2012. And Democrats are likely to benefit. A Democratic-controlled legislature and a Republican governor mean the redistricting process will be split. But whether state legislators work out a deal or the courts wind up drawing the map, Democrats should have an opportunity to even the score in the state, where Republicans currently hold two of three seats.

By Aaron Blake  | January 21, 2011; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mapping the Future, Redistricting  
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Fast Fix: Obama Rising (VIDEO)

President Obama's job approval ratings are soaring. Can he maintain his newfound popularity?

By Chris Cillizza  | January 21, 2011; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Senate Republicans' primary challenge

A look at the 10 most competitive Senate races in the country heading into 2012.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 21, 2011; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Line  
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Mike Huckabee's mixed messages

Mike Huckabee would start the 2012 GOP president in a small group of early frontrunners -- a far better position than four years ago. That much we know. What we don't know is whether he'll actually run.

By Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza  | January 21, 2011; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: President Obama shifts political staff ahead of spring re-elect launch; Sarah Palin tests Iowa waters

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By Chris Cillizza  | January 20, 2011; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Patrick Dillon to leave White House

Amid a series of personnel changes aimed at ramping up President Obama's 2012 reelection effort, deputy White House political director Patrick Dillon is leaving his post to take a job with a prominent Democratic consulting firm.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 20, 2011; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama shifts political staff, will launch campaign in March or April

With the biggest moves in his staff reshuffling behind him, President Obama has approved some more moves that will launch his re-election campaign, shifting his political director to the Democratic National Committee and sending two key operatives to the headquarters in Chicago.

By Anne E. Kornblut and Aaron Blake  | January 20, 2011; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Fast Fix: Is health care in peril? (VIDEO)

House Republicans have passed legislation to repeal health care. What now?

By Chris Cillizza  | January 20, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Who had the "Worst Week in Washington"?

What person place or thing had the "Worst Week in Washington"?

By Chris Cillizza  | January 20, 2011; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rep. Chris Murphy to join Bysiewicz in race for Lieberman's seat

Rep. Chris Murphy is set to announce his candidacy for Senate today, becoming the second Democrat to run for retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman's seat and setting up the first of what are expected to be many high-profile Senate primaries in 2012.

By Aaron Blake  | January 20, 2011; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A three-way pileup atop 2012 GOP presidential race

Former Govs. Mike Huckabee (Ark.), Sarah Palin (Alaska) and Mitt Romney (Mass.) make up the top tier of the 2012 Republican presidential field, according to a new poll from the Washington Post and ABC News.

By Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake  | January 20, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Bill Nelson will run for a third term in 2012; Joe Lieberman makes his retirement official

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By Chris Cillizza  | January 19, 2011; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The art of the political takedown

Today's Oregonian features a brutal accounting of the odd antics of Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.), who "has lost at least six staffers," along with nearly his entire political team, "amid complaints about his public behavior." That got us thinking -- what other articles have so thoroughly hammered a politician? Here are some of our favorite newspaper takedowns. Tell us yours, and we'll compile a top ten list.

By Rachel Weiner  | January 19, 2011; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A run of Senate retirements or business as usual?

Are the recent retirements by Sens. Joe Lieberman and Kent Conrad a sign of things to come?

By Chris Cillizza  | January 19, 2011; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lieberman on his exit: Politics changed, I didn't

Sen. Joe Lieberman announced Wednesday that he would not seek reelection in 2012, saying his politics don't fit in today's political spectrum. In announcing his impending exit, the former Democratic vice presidential nominee who became an independent five years ago defended his record by saying that he was doing what he thought was right, regardless of party. He blamed his problems with the Democratic base on the changing politics of the day rather than his own changing politics, pointing to himself as a John F. Kennedy kind of Democrat.

By Aaron Blake  | January 19, 2011; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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President Obama's rising popularity, examined

Three new polls today show President Obama's approval rating taking a turn for the better. The reason: voters still want to like Obama, and they're finding a reason to do just that.

By Aaron Blake  | January 19, 2011; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fast Fix: State of the seating chart (VIDEO)

Will Republicans and Democrats sit together at the State of the Union address? And does it matter even if they do?

By Chris Cillizza  | January 19, 2011; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Five members to watch on health care repeal

The House is set to vote today on a repeal of the Democrats' health care law, and we've got a good idea how it's going to turn out. The bill is widely expected to pass in the GOP-controlled House on...

By Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza  | January 19, 2011; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ed Gillespie, Nick Ayers to run Republican National Committee transition effort

Newly elected Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has tasked two veteran party operatives to oversee the transition period following the ouster of former chairman Michael Steele last week.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 18, 2011; 11:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Joe Lieberman won't run for fifth term; West Virginia to hold special gubernatorial election in 2011

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By Chris Cillizza  | January 18, 2011; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Joe Lieberman to retire in 2012

Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman (I) will announce his retirement tomorrow in 2012, according to two Democratic sources familiar with the decision.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 18, 2011; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fix Face-off: Obama vs Hu, Mike Huckabee vs Mike Pence and more! (VIDEO)

Today's Fix Face-off -- every Monday at 11 am! -- spanned the political and pop culture landscape. Among the Fixista-submitted Face-off we ruled one: * Who had more to gain from this week's state visit: President Barack Obama or Chinese...

By Chris Cillizza  | January 18, 2011; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What will Joe Lieberman do?

Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman will make an announcement about his political future tomorrow.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 18, 2011; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fast Fix: Who is Reince Priebus? (VIDEO)

Five fast facts about new Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 18, 2011; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bysiewicz to run for Senate as Dems prepare for another pitched primary

Democrats in Connecticut appear to be headed for another contentious Senate primary. Six years after Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) lost the Democratic primary and won reelection as an independent, ambitious Democrats are again lining up against him. The first is former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz, who The Fix has confirmed is set to announce her candidacy later today.

By Aaron Blake  | January 18, 2011; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kent Conrad to retire in 2012

North Dakota Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad plans to announce his retirement today, according to TK informed sources, handing Republicans a prime opportunity in a GOP-leaning state.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 18, 2011; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Fix Weekly Face-Offs!

The Fix Weekly Face-Offs happen at 11 am today!

By Chris Cillizza  | January 18, 2011; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama the (more) empathetic

President Obama has made significant strides over the past few months in his ability to understand the problems of average Americans, according to a new poll conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News.

By Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake  | January 18, 2011; 7:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Seven Republican senators visit Afghanistan and Pakistan; Sarah Palin on "Hannity" tonight

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By Chris Cillizza  | January 17, 2011; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Chris Christie denies any presidential interest (again)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie again denied on Sunday that he will run for president in 2012. But this time it was a little different.

By Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza  | January 17, 2011; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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"Worst Week in Washington"winner: Sarah Palin

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin wins the Fix's "Worst Week in Washington award this week.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 16, 2011; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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