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The Fix: February 20, 2011 - February 26, 2011

"Worst Week in Washington" winner: David Wu

Oregon Democratic Rep. David Wu had the "Worst Week in Washington".

By Chris Cillizza  | February 26, 2011; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Salmon bid less certain, Senate candidate in Texas

Vermont's governor says he's not so sure Tom Salmon will run against Bernie Sanders, there's a new Senate candidate in Texas, Allen West could be a vice-presidential contender, and Mitt Romney is defending his health-care legislation.

By Chris Cillizza  | February 25, 2011; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Why NY-26 (probably) won't be another GOP civil war

New York Republican David Bellavia is moving towards a Conservative Party candidacy in the special election to replace outgoing Rep. Chris Lee, a move that could divide Republican voters. Some tea party activists are lining up behind Bellavia, an Iraq War veteran, saying that the Republican county chairs moved too quickly when they picked Assemblywoman Jane Corwin as their nominee. (Jack Davis, a Republican who actually ran as a Democrat multiple times, is also flirting with a third-party bid).

By Rachel Weiner  | February 25, 2011; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The case against Mike Huckabee

The case against Mike Huckabee for president.

By Chris Cillizza  | February 25, 2011; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Case For/Case Against  
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Fast Fix: Political problems at the pump (VIDEO)

How the rising price of gas could re-shape the political landscape in 2012.

By Chris Cillizza  | February 25, 2011; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The top political newcomers

Only two months have passed in 2011, but already a number of new faces have made names for themselves -- sometimes for good and somtimes for bad -- on the national political scene. Some, like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R), are living up to long-held expectations for making noise once in high office. (Paul and Cuomo also, interestingly, are following famous fathers in politics.) Others, like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), came out of nowhere -- emerging as a national political player during his ongoing standoff with the state's labor unions in recent weeks. A look a the top 10 political newcomers to keep an eye on.

By Chris Cillizza  | February 25, 2011; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Administration's big move on gay marriage is another small step for candidate Obama

Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement Wednesday that the Justice Department would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act sent a sudden and unexpected shockwave through the political landscape. Here was a president who campaigned in 2008 by saying that he believed marriage was between one man and one woman, and a Justice Department that had just last month said it would continue to fight lawsuits against the 1996 law. All of a sudden, all bets are off, and gay rights activists are celebrating. But is it really all that significant a change for the president?

By Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza  | February 25, 2011; 7:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: RNC staffs up, Mitch Daniels defends himself

Mitch Daniels is defending himself again, Reince Priebus is staffing up, Santorum is in Iowa for the tenth time, and almost half of Americans are wrong or unsure about what's happened to the health-care bill.

By Chris Cillizza  | February 24, 2011; 6:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Why is Harry Reid going after prostitution? (Poll)

Two days after Harry Reid decided to go after Nevada's legalized prostitution, there's no clear sign of why, exactly, the Senate Majority Leader took on this fight. "It's really perplexing because I've known Sen. Reid, done business with Sen. Reid for years," said Lance Gillman, a Reno-area developer and brothel owner: "His choice here is really unusual."

By Rachel Weiner  | February 24, 2011; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Democratic Party, Senate  | Tags:  Harry Reid  
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Utah Republicans ponder Matheson's fate

Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson is a political survivor, holding down a very conservative Utah district for the past decade and turning aside all challengers. But Republicans think he might have met his match: redistricting.

By Aaron Blake  | February 24, 2011; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mapping the Future, Redistricting  
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The case for Mike Huckabee

The case for why Mike Huckabee should run for president -- and how he could win the Republican nomination in 2012

By Chris Cillizza  | February 24, 2011; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sean Spicer chosen as RNC communications director

Sean Spicer is the new communications director at the Republican National Committee.

By Chris Cillizza  | February 24, 2011; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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For Walker, cause and celebrity don't necessarily mean cause celebre

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, less than two months into his first term as the state's chief executive, may already be the most well-known governor in the country. But even as the protests over the Republican's budget cuts rage and Democratic lawmakers continue to be AWOL to avoid voting on them, the GOP's rally effect has been somewhat ... well ... uninspiring.

By Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza  | February 24, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Sarah Palin going to India

Sarah Palin is headed to India, there could be another fight between Republicans and conservatives in upstate New York, and Indiana's Republican Senate leader says trying to pass right-to-work legislation was "a mistake."

By Chris Cillizza  | February 23, 2011; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Fix prediction contest: We have a winner!

Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel ran away with the Chicago mayor's race last night, easily winning a majority of the vote against a six-candidate field. We asked Fixistas for their predictions on the order of finish --...

By Chris Cillizza  | February 23, 2011; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What's next for Oregon Rep. David Wu?

Oregon Democratic Rep. David Wu has run into considerable trouble following his 2010 re-election campaign. What does the future hold for him?

By Rachel Weiner  | February 23, 2011; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The best state-based political Tweeters (continued)

A search for the best political tweeters in every state.

By Chris Cillizza  | February 23, 2011; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Why Wisconsin matters so much to labor

The ongoing standoff between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and organized labor has obvious practical implications, the most obvious of which is whether the right of public-sector unions to collectively bargain will be maintained or eroded. But, the symbolic import of the Wisconsin showdown is no less important as it comes at a time when the labor movement is struggling to maintain its once-dominant role in electoral politics.

By Chris Cillizza  | February 23, 2011; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fast Fix: Walker, Wisconsin Governor (VIDEO)

Five fast facts about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

By Chris Cillizza  | February 23, 2011; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Romney's health care bill = Hillary's Iraq vote?

If you believe his potential opponents, Mitt Romney's effort at health care reform during his time as governor of Massachusetts could be a death sentence in the 2012 GOP presidential primary. The bill Romney signed has often been compared to the one President Obama spearheaded last Congress. But as we get closer to Romney getting into the presidential race (as he is widely expected to do), it's more helpful to looks at another comparison: Hillary Clinton's vote for the Iraq war.

By Aaron Blake  | February 23, 2011; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Crossroads GPS launches radio ads in 22 House districts

Crossroads GPS, a conservative-aligned outside group, is launching radio ads in nearly two dozen House districts today, aiming to influence the ongoing debate over President Obama's budget proposal while Members are back home in their districts on the recess.

By Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake  | February 23, 2011; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rahm Emanuel wins Chicago mayoral race

Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago on Tuesday, winning a simple majority of the vote in a six-candidate field, according to the Associated Press.

By Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza  | February 22, 2011; 9:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Mitch Daniels ducks labor fight

Mitch Daniels doesn't want a fight with organized labor, Brad Ellsworth doesn't want to run in 2012, Ensign is holding a fundraiser at the NRSC and Wu admits to sending "unprofessional" emails.

By Chris Cillizza  | February 22, 2011; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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John Thune is out, who benefits?

Who in the potential 2012 GOP field benefits from the fact that South Dakota Sen. John Thune is not running for president?

By Chris Cillizza  | February 22, 2011; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fix prediction contest: The Chicago mayoral election!

Make your prediction for the Chicago mayor's race tonight and win a free Fix t-shirt!

By Chris Cillizza  | February 22, 2011; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sen. John Thune won't run for president in 2012

South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune has decided not to run for president in 2012, citing his desire to remain in the Senate to fight for conservative principles.

By Chris Cillizza  | February 22, 2011; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fix Face-Offs!

With President's Day on Monday, we are postponing our weekly live video chat -- aka the Fix Face-Offs -- until Tuesday at 11 a.m. (Update: Postponed once again! Just half an hour this time, to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.) You suggest...

By Chris Cillizza  | February 22, 2011; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Swing states on the rise heading into 2012

Heading into the 2012 presidential election, the number of solidly Democratic states has been cut in half as compared to 2008, numbers that suggest that the next national election could well be considerably closer than the last one.

By Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake  | February 22, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Huckabee won't criticize rivals

Joe Courtney won't run for Senate, Scott Brown won't run for president, and Michele Bachmann has found a GOP paradise.

By Chris Cillizza  | February 21, 2011; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Indiana GOP lines up behind Lugar's primary challenger

Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock will begin his primary challenge to Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) with a significant show of force and support on Tuesday.

By Aaron Blake  | February 21, 2011; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fast Fix: A judge of few words (VIDEO)

A look at Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's remarkable record of reticence.

By Chris Cillizza  | February 21, 2011; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Can Ilario Pantano get to Congress?

Ilario Pantano is running for Congress against Rep. Mike McIntyre in 2012. Can he get past the controversies in his past that dogged his 2010 race?

By Rachel Weiner  | February 21, 2011; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Five senators to watch during the budget fight

The House wrapped up a marathon session this week when it passed a bill in the wee hours of Saturday morning that would cut $61 billion from the budget, while continuing to fund the government through September. Now that the contentious issue is headed for the Senate, we give you a list of five senators to watch.

By Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza  | February 21, 2011; 7:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Worst Week in Washington: The President's debt commission

The president's debt commission had the "Worst Week in Washington".

By Chris Cillizza  | February 20, 2011; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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