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The Fix is hip -- some would say tragically so.

Ok, that's not true -- as anyone who knows me can testify -- but I have (finally) caught on to the social networking trend. Thanks to the hard work of washingtonpost.com design guru Alyson Hurt, there are now links to The Fix pages on both MySpace and Facebook. (You can always find them under the "More on The Fix" tab on the left side of this page.)

On a serious note, a major goal of The Fix is to build a community of people connected by their love for politics. MySpace and Facebook give us a chance to interact even more with each other and continue to grow our community. So tell your friends. Heck, tell your enemies. The more voices we have offering their thoughts on politics via The Fix the better.

We'll do our best to keep the sites updated. We're somewhat new to this so if you have any suggestions for what we can do better on our MySpace or Facebook pages let us know.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 7, 2007; 7:00 AM ET
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the "New Office", to win, needs mobile video-conference between mobile phones-pc-pda-etc. , lets hope Palm and others get it right and fast, i don't speak good chinese yet ! , the http://www.fcc.gov/ auctions in the 700-Mhz band spectrum must deliver the goods to the USA economy, the kids need to start inventing new apps in those bands,and with music too ! , its sales,multi-conferences and presentations,legal dealing and negociations, it's the works and with mobile video-conference on IP, that and streaming video is open-source, how could the Patent Office give anyone a patent after every University in the USA and Europe was using it since the 90's ? who runs the Patent Office ? , the "New Office" is mobile, simple, easy apps, fast and pushes inventions of batteries, solar power cells, hydrogen little fuelcells, motion chargers,etc., a launch pad.

Posted by: blogger | August 7, 2007 1:13 PM | Report abuse

"
I love chess. I hate politics.

One is a game, unfortunately, so is the other...

Posted by: JEP | August 7, 2007 11:17 AM

"Unless Murdoch also buys the WaPo.."

lets not b egifing him any more pernicious ideas, OK?"

All good points, JEP.

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | August 7, 2007 12:54 PM | Report abuse

"Unless Murdoch also buys the WaPo.."

lets not b egifing him any more pernicious ideas, OK?

Posted by: JEP | August 7, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

"The Fix is to build a community of people connected by their love for politics."

Actually,m it is bitter desperation to understand beltway creeps that bfings many of us here.

The only thing we love about politics is that Democracy gives us a part in it.

I love chess. I hate politics.

One is a game, unfortunately, so is the other...

Posted by: JEP | August 7, 2007 11:17 AM | Report abuse

"dumb as hell,"

That's why Jeri's in charge...

Posted by: JEP | August 7, 2007 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Cillizza, you herb. If you're going in for the internet connectivity, why not add policalfriendster to the mix?

Posted by: Chris | August 7, 2007 10:56 AM | Report abuse

re: lylepink's response


I stand corrected...


(thats a joke)

Posted by: bsimon | August 7, 2007 10:29 AM | Report abuse



'Iraq: Government In Crisis, 4 U.S. Troops Killed
Iraqi political crisis grows as more Sunnis boycott cabinet; 4 U.S. troops dead.'

Posted by: how many more years? | August 7, 2007 10:18 AM | Report abuse

While some on the committee to this day profess respect for Thompson, he was seen as others as a "spy" for the Nixon White House -- an accusation buttressed, at least in part, by Thompson's own writings, which confirm that he tipped off the Nixon White House about internal happenings on the committee.

Moreover, new transcripts from the Nixon White House tapes reveal that the Nixon administration regarded Thompson as a useful idiot -- "dumb as hell," in President Nixon's words, but "friendly." At one point, the White House counsel told Nixon that Thompson insisted he wanted to help the president more than his patron and boss on the committee, Sen. Howard Baker, R-Tenn, would let him.

Neither Thompson nor anyone from his potential campaign were available for comment.

Posted by: Thompson spy for Nixon | August 7, 2007 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, uh, "for you, Judge." Of course, you do realize that this relatively balanced reality is completely irrelevant to Faux News viewers like JD? Unless Murdoch also buys the WaPo or Reagan comes back from the dead and acts as Editor, the WaPo will always be an irredeemable (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watergate) part of a VLWC in the eyes of the kool-aid drinking Faux Faithful.

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | August 7, 2007 10:09 AM | Report abuse

The Federal Reserve will meet this afternoon in one of the most important and most anticipated meetings in months.

Investors will wait to see what the Fed has to say -- if anything -- about the credit worries that have the financial markets on a razor's edge.

The troubles in the mortgage market, and the tightening of credit, have raised the risk of both a financial crisis and an economic slowdown. That doesn't mean a crisis or a slowdown will occur, but it does mean this adjustment to tougher and more historically normal lending standards has the potential to become a full-blown credit crunch in which even good risks can't get credit. For an economy that runs on credit, that would be very damaging.

Posted by: borrow and spend party | August 7, 2007 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Better than MySpace, right Lyle?

Posted by: poop talk | August 7, 2007 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Romney, did it ever occur to you to put the LUGGAGE on the roof? How about on the return trip from Canada? Or is that why we are hearing from Seamus' Ghost?

Posted by: ASPCA | August 7, 2007 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Mitt never asked me, and obviously I could not tell him, but I was a Democrat all along. Ghostly Old Poop on the GOP!

Posted by: Seamus' Ghost | August 7, 2007 10:03 AM | Report abuse

bsimon, OMG, IDK why u r saying stuff like that about MySpace? LOL, IMO u dk anything about the wired boyz n grrlz, or u TOTALLY would not, like, dis the Net 24/7. It must be the "Envy/Jealous" factor, JK! LOL!

OMG! IMHO, Hillary will be the next POTUS.

"Fear" me! LOL LOL LOL

TTFN, lylepink

Posted by: lylepink | August 7, 2007 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Seamus, meet Tancredo. There, don't you feel better about your human?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 7, 2007 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I imagine the crowd at The Fix is a bit more mature than the typical Myspace or Facebook user. Or I could be way off base...

Posted by: bsimon | August 7, 2007 9:49 AM | Report abuse

In 2006, National Review columnist Ramesh Ponnuru appeared on Fox News and claimed that the "journalistic elite was a functional ally of the party of death."

This week, Ponnuru officially joins the "party of death" himself, signing on with the "journalistic elites" at the Washington Post.

At the Post, he will lead a new Discussion Group on "the future of conservatism" entitled Right Matters. One of the issues Ponnuru will focus on is "the state's role in enforcing morality." Ponnuru's focus on "morality" in his new job is not surprising, as he has developed a name for himself by espousing radical, incendiary views on social issues, particularly abortion.

Here are the types of arguments that the Washington Post now chooses to endorse on its website:

- "A coalition of special interests ranging from Planned Parenthood to Hollywood" now owns the Democratic party and "liberals use animal rights to displace human rights." [LINK]

- Having an abortion is worse than killing a kitten. [LINK]

- "[H]uman beings in the embryonic, fetal, and infant stages of development" can "perform mental functions." [LINK]

With the addition of Ponnuru, the Washington Post is bolstering its deep bench of conservative pundits. In addition to its often hawkish editorial board, right-wing columnists Charles Krauthammer, George Will, and Robert Novak fill the op-ed pages of the Post.

UPDATE: Michael Gerson, President Bush's former chief speechwriter and the so-called "conscience of the White House," is also a columnist for the Post.

Posted by: for you, Judge | August 7, 2007 9:47 AM | Report abuse

So where's all the public outrage about Tancredo saying he would bomb the civilian holy city of Mecca? That's sure a lot more inflammatory than Obama saying he would target al-queda in Pakistant, isn't it? Where's the outrage about Republicans pathetic idea of foreign policy? Even some of his fellow candidates realize h e's a fruitcake:

'Last week, Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) reiterated his call for bombing Muslim holy sites as a "deterrent" against terrorist strikes on the U.S. homeland. "If it is up to me, we are going to explain that an attack on this homeland of that nature would be followed by an attack on the holy sites in Mecca and Medina," he said in Iowa.

"This shows that we mean business," said Bay Buchanan, a senior Tancredo adviser. "There's no more effective deterrent than that."

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg responded, "That's nuts, of course, not only contrary to every cherished American ideal, but counterproductive, as the prospect of the United States bombing Islamic holy cities would inspire, rather than deter, terrorists." Fortunately, many leading conservatives have distanced themselves from Tancredo's dangerous logic:

Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson: "I sincerely believe that bombing religious artifacts and religious holy sites would do nothing but unify one billion Muslims against us. It makes no sense."

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee: "Historically, we've tried to avoid doing what the Nazis did, and that's bombing every kind of possible target. We've had this attitude (that) we don't do these things. There are some things that are off limits."

Rep. Duncan Hunter: "I wouldn't follow that."

State Department Spokesman Tom Casey: Tancredo's comments are "reprehensible" and "absolutely crazy."

State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack: "The remarks are simply outrageous. ... [I]t's important for people abroad, who may not necessarily pay attention to the details and just hear a headline with that in it, that the official position of the United States Government is that those remarks are just outrageous."

Tancredo's comments have created international concern. Pakistani National Assembly Speaker Chaudhary Amir Hussain said the assembly will "unanimously adopt a resolution against this mischievous statement."

For his part, Tancredo is refusing to back down. At last weekend's debate, he responded, "Boy, when [the State Department] starts complaining about things I say, 'I feel a lot better about the things I say,' I'll tell you right now."

Oh, his advisor is Bay Buchanan. that explains a lot.

Posted by: tancredo is a lunatic | August 7, 2007 9:46 AM | Report abuse

In a radio interview with Diane Rehm this morning, right-wing columnist Robert Novak tried to assert his conservative credentials by distancing himself from the Bush White House. "I don't support this administration," he said.

"The president's cut me off the list of conservative columnists that are invited there." He added, "They consider me a lot of trouble."

It would be unsurprising if the White House considered Novak "trouble," given his unscrupulous journalistic ethics. But nothing in Novak's previous comments has suggested anything but a close relationship with the White House. Just recently, he said he "never enjoyed such a good source inside the White House" as Karl Rove.'

It is simply not possible to be far rightwing enough to please the rabid base unless you're Mussolini. He'd be the perfect R candidate--loves big business, really strong leader, doesn't allow dissent -- perfect.

Posted by: LOL | August 7, 2007 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Before beginning the drive, Mitt Romney put Seamus, the family's hulking Irish setter, in a dog carrier and attached it to the station wagon's roof rack. He'd built a windshield for the carrier, to make the ride more comfortable for the dog.

Then Romney put his boys on notice: He would be making predetermined stops for gas, and that was it.

As the oldest son, Tagg Romney commandeered the way-back of the wagon, keeping his eyes fixed out the rear window, where he glimpsed the first sign of trouble. ''Dad!'' he yelled. ''Gross!'' A brown liquid was dripping down the back window, payback from an Irish setter who'd been riding on the roof in the wind for hours.
As the rest of the boys joined in the howls of disgust, Romney coolly pulled off the highway and into a service station. There, he borrowed a hose, washed down Seamus and the car, then hopped back onto the highway. It was a tiny preview of a trait he would grow famous for in business: emotion-free crisis management.

Posted by: From Boston Globe | August 7, 2007 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Iraq's political crisis is worsening as Sunni ministers have completely abandoned the government. Allegations have long persisted about Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's connections to Shiite militias, and regime is quickly crumbling from a lack of political effectiveness.

But Maliki continues to remain in power, largely propped up with the "confidence" and support of President Bush.

Now it appears the Bush administration is allowing its confidence in Maliki to slip. At the State Department briefing this afternoon, spokesman Sean McCormack repeatedly refused to assert that the administration now has "confidence" in Malik.:

Posted by: Anonymous | August 7, 2007 9:38 AM | Report abuse

SINGAPORE (AP) - Research aimed at disputing the scientific consensus on global warming is part of a huge public misinformation campaign funded by some of the world's largest carbon polluters, former Vice President Al Gore said Tuesday.

"There has been an organized campaign, financed to the tune of about $10 million a year from some of the largest carbon polluters, to create the impression that there is disagreement in the scientific community," Gore said at a forum in Singapore. "In actuality, there is very little disagreement."

Gore likened the campaign to the millions of dollars spent by U.S. tobacco companies years ago on creating the appearance of scientific debate on smoking's harmful effects.

"This is one of the strongest of scientific consensus views in the history of science," Gore said. "We live in a world where what used to be called propaganda now has a major role to play in shaping public opinion."

Posted by: Anonymous | August 7, 2007 9:33 AM | Report abuse

The LAT fronts, and the WP goes inside with, the administration's efforts to defend their expanded eavesdropping program. While fending off accusations that the new powers would be used to spy on Americans, administration officials said the same people who run the program will be the ones in charge with supervising that there's no abuse. As the Post emphasizes, the director of national intelligence and the attorney general are responsible for both "creating the broad procedures determining whose telephone calls and e-mails are collected" and "assessing compliance with those procedures."

Posted by: and you trust them because... | August 7, 2007 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Everybody goes inside with the latest from Iraq, where five more ministers announced they will no longer attend cabinet meetings. This brings the total number of ministers who have at least partially withdrawn from the government to 17 out of a total of 38. The latest to withdraw are members of a secular Shiite coalition led by former interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi. In other news out of Iraq, a truck bombing killed at least 28 people near Tall Afar, an area that had been hailed as a success story by President Bush last year. Also yesterday, the U.S. military announced the deaths of six American soldiers.

Posted by: x | August 7, 2007 9:29 AM | Report abuse

'In a joint news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Bush didn't answer a question on whether he would send U.S. forces to Pakistan unilaterally. Most papers emphasize how Bush and Karzai clearly differed on their takes of Iran's role in Afghanistan. Karzai said Iran has helped Afghanistan, but yesterday Bush pointedly disagreed and called the country a "destabilizing force."

Yes, Bush and cheney are intent on attacking Iran and taking its oil too -- as insane it sounds --and so will continue to demonize Iran and try to destabilize the Middle East.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 7, 2007 9:27 AM | Report abuse

'The problems facing Basra are a particularly poignant reminder that violence in Iraq can't be simplified as just fights between Sunnis and Shiites. There are few Sunnis in southern Iraq, an area where al-Qaida is pretty much non-existent. In no small part due to this homogenous nature, Basra was doing relatively well after British forces came in and carried out a mission similar to the U.S. operation currently underway in Baghdad as part of the "surge." The mission was successful at first, but once British troops began to withdraw violence increased and now the remaining troops are pretty much barricaded inside their compound. Officials are pointing to the city as an example of the fighting that could erupt between different Shiite political groups inside Iraq's central government when U.S. troops leave.'

So it isn't the boogyman 'al-Queda' at all in Basra-- it's different Shia groups fighting for power. They will fight while we are there, they will fight after we leave. Why do our troops need to die to be the world's policemen?

Let them figure it out for themselves.They will have to eventually and it's not our fight.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 7, 2007 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Do you care whether a presidential candidate accepts donations from lobbyists?
Yes 82% 23000
No 18% 5078
Total Votes: 28078

people are starting to pay attention...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 7, 2007 9:20 AM | Report abuse

'The Fix is hip -- some would say tragically so.' Umm, no. You center-right DC types have no feel for style. Too uptight or something. Look at Tucker Carlson, that says it all.

And you, CC. Those shirts, those ties. Tragic is the word. But you run a decent open forum here, so that's okay.

Posted by: Jane | August 7, 2007 9:10 AM | Report abuse

I heard on the radio once that this employer who was looking for a new executive for her sales company and had 7 applicants for the job. She looked them all up on Myspace and Facebook, and ended up hiring the one that DIDN't have a page becuase the other 6 had pictures of themselves looking like morons with their friends.
So Chris keep those pictures of you, Mary Ann Akers, and Dan Balz doing Keg Stands to yourselves. Nobody needs to see those types of things.

Posted by: Andy R | August 7, 2007 8:46 AM | Report abuse

During the previous two months that my cavalry squadron had been operating in Iraq, my main focus was the technical training of the Iraqi national police and combined operations with them against Sunni insurgents in west Baghdad. Before Samarra, it did not seem important which areas of Baghdad were Shiite or Sunni or that the police battalions I operated alongside were almost completely Shiite. Before Samarra, I assumed that Iraqi citizens saw the national police as the security arm of the elected, and thus legitimate, government and that the officers had the people's support against insurgents.

It took about three weeks after the attack, in which time my combat patrols sprang from one Sunni mosque to another to protect them from Shiite militias that were at times supported by members of the national police, for me to realize what was really going on. For me, Samarra came to define the nature of the violence in Iraq: civil war.

Posted by: wapo today | August 7, 2007 8:45 AM | Report abuse

What your're trying to do is replicate the "KOSsacks, but that ship has already left the dock. I enjoy reviewing and occasionally posting on this site, as I think the exchange is generally well thought out, and the questions presented, are provocative, for political junkies like myself. There are a few ranters and ideologues that periodically hijack the thread, but I don't think you need to bob for heads in FACEBOOK or troll MySpace to increase participation, or get newbies into the mix. Keep doin what you doin, and let it all play out...........

Posted by: L.Sterling | August 7, 2007 8:37 AM | Report abuse

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