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The Fix: January 23, 2011 - January 29, 2011

"Worst Week in Washington" winner: D.C. Commuters

The D.C. commuter won the Fix's "Worst Week in Washington" award.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 29, 2011; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Tim Pawlenty's PAC takes in $2 million during 2010; David Rivera paid himself $60K in unexplained reimbursements

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

By Chris Cillizza  | January 28, 2011; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Skipping Iowa

A look at the top contenders for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 28, 2011; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fast Fix: Who is Jay Carney? (VIDEO)

Jay Carney is the new White House press secretary. But who is he? Here's five fast facts.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 28, 2011; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A bipartisan comeback ... and its prognosis

President Obama isn't the only one getting a boost in his image. Just weeks after assuming a new majority in the House, the Republican Party is also making a comeback in the polls. And according to Gallup, for the first time in five years, more people have a positive opinion of the GOP than a negative one.

By Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza  | January 28, 2011; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: President Obama to name Jay Carney as White House press secretary; Illinois Supreme Court rules in Rahm Emanuel's favor

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By Chris Cillizza  | January 27, 2011; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rahm Emanuel ruled eligible for Chicago mayoral race

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel meets the residency requirements to run for Chicago mayor, overturning a lower court ruling and re-installing him as the race's frontrunner.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 27, 2011; 6:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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White House picks Jay Carney as new press secretary

President Obama has chosen former journalist Jay Carney to replace press secretary Robert Gibbs, a longtime loyalist, when he leaves the post in mid-February -- one of a number of staff changes announced today by White House chief of staff Bill Daley.

By Chris Cillizza and Anne E. Kornblut  | January 27, 2011; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mike Pence passes on 2012 presidential bid

Indiana Rep. Mike Pence will run for governor in 2012, bypassing the presidential race for a contest where he will immediately become a heavy favorite.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 27, 2011; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The GOP's quiet evolution on gay rights

The recent repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" notwithstanding, it's been a long time since we talked about social issues. Republicans rode to victory on the strength of so-called "values voters" in 2004, championing a message of social conservatism on issues like abortion and gay marriage. Since then, the Iraq war and the economy have consumed us and left little appetite for much else. But beneath it all, a little-noticed trend has emerged: the Republican Party has moved steadily to the left on gay rights.

By Aaron Blake  | January 27, 2011; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fast Fix: Tim Pawlenty, movie star? (VIDEO)

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's latest web video looks like a movie trailer but is aimed at getting him better known before he runs for president in 2012.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 27, 2011; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jon Huntsman's Inner Circle

A look at the men and women advising Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman about his potential 2012 presidential bid.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 27, 2011; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Time: Mark Salter wrote anonymous Obama novel 'O'

The "O" mystery is over, at least according to Time magazine. Mark Halperin writes that the anonymous scribe behind this month's Obama novel is Mark Salter, a former aide to and speechwriter for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). "As I've...

By Rachel Weiner  | January 27, 2011; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Palin's PAC raised $279k to close 2010

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's political action committee saw its fundraising fall off a bit at the end of the year, but it still turned in a good number. Sarah PAC raised $279,000 between Nov. 23 and Dec. 31. That's down from $469,000 raised during the month-plus after the election, but it's still a better pace than most presidential candidates have been managing.

By Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza  | January 27, 2011; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: AFL-CIO and U.S. Chamber back Obama infrastructure plan; John Thune sees 'big opportunity' ahead

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

By Chris CIllizza  | January 26, 2011; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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On Sarah Palin (and the Milbank moratorium)

Why we can't stop covering Sarah Palin's potential presidential candidacy

By Chris Cillizza  | January 26, 2011; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jim Messina to leave White House Friday

Friday will be deputy chief of staff Jim Messina's final day at the White House as he begins to formally transition to his role as campaign manager for President Obama's reelection race, according to an Administration source briefed on the matter.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 26, 2011; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The campaign history of "date night"

The idea of cross-party seating in Congress is not a new one. Democratic candidates running in Republican states have been using it for more than a decade to tout their independence.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 26, 2011; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Beyond the State of the Union: What's next?

President Obama's State of the Union address is in the books. What does the future hold on Capitol Hill for his agenda?

By Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake  | January 26, 2011; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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First thoughts on President Obama's State of the Union Speech

President Obama's State of the Union address is over. How did he do?

By Chris Cillizza  | January 25, 2011; 10:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Fix's State of the Union live blog!

The Fix's live-blog of tonight's State of the Union address.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 25, 2011; 7:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Illinois Supreme Court to hear Rahm Emanuel ballot appeal; Jim Talent expected to pass on Missouri Senate bid

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By Chris Cillizza  | January 25, 2011; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The best State of the Union addresses

State of the Union speeches are typically not very memorable. Here's a look at a few that broke the mold.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 25, 2011; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Illinois Supreme Court will hear Emanuel's case

Rahm Emanuel is still on the ballot, at least for now. The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the former White House chief of staff's name should be on any ballots printed in the Chicago mayor's race, at least until it has dealt with an appeal Emanuel's campaign filed earlier in the day.

By Aaron Blake  | January 25, 2011; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gingrich, Pence and Bachmann could beat history

The 2010 presidential race could feature a record number of current and former members of the House running for the Republican nomination, and all of them would be running against history.

By Aaron Blake  | January 25, 2011; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fast Fix: State of the Union Predictions (VIDEO)

What will President Obama say -- and how will he say it -- in tonight's State of the Union address?

By Chris Cillizza  | January 25, 2011; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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5 things to watch for in the State of the Union

President Obama will deliver the second State of the Union speech of his term tonight at 9 p.m., a highly anticipated address that functions as the informal kickoff of the new congressional term.

By Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake  | January 25, 2011; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Examining the State of the Union's bipartisan odd couples

Last week, Republican leadership was quick to dismiss the idea of mixed State of the Union seating, originally proposed by the bipartisan Third Way. But a whole bunch of members have signed up -- including Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), whose "You lie!" outburst became an example of partisan incivility in Congress. Here are all the pairings we can find, along with some points of agreement and tension that could come up while they wait for President Obama to speak. If you see any we missed, let us know in the comments.

By Rachel Weiner  | January 24, 2011; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Rahm Emanuel will appeal ruling on residency in Chicago mayoral race; George Allen officially launches Senate bid

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By Chris Cillizza  | January 24, 2011; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The art of the political takedown, take two

In response to our post last week on the art of the political takedown, Fix readers sent in some knockouts we missed. Most of the additions involve sexual impropriety, but there's one Wu-style expose of simply strange behavior.

By Rachel Weiner  | January 24, 2011; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rahm Emanuel ruled ineligible for mayor's ballot, vows to fight ruling

An Illinois appellate court ruled today that former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is ineligible to run for Chicago Mayor because he does not meet the residency requirements of the office.

By Chris Cillizza, Aaron Blake and Anne Kornblut  | January 24, 2011; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Is the New Hampshire GOP establishment overrated?

The election of Jack Kimball as chairman of the New Hampshire Republican party raises questions about how much influence the party establishment retains in the state.

By Chris Cillizza  | January 24, 2011; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fast Fix: Where have all the 2012 presidential candidates gone? (VIDEO)

Four years ago there were 13 candidates running for president. Today there is only one. What gives?

By Chris Cillizza  | January 24, 2011; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Can George Allen exorcise the ghosts of 2006?

Former Virginia Sen. George Allen (R) will re-emerge on the national political stage today, taking the first formal steps to challenge Sen. Jim Webb (D) in 2012.

By Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake  | January 24, 2011; 7:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Fix Weekly Face-Offs!

Propose a matchup of two political elements and the Fix will offer a ruling. Tune in tomorrow at 11 am!

By Chris Cillizza  | January 24, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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