Posted on The Fix at 6:00 AM ET, 08/ 5/2010

The return of social issues

By Aaron Blake and Felicia Sonmez 57); font-size: 20px; font-weight: normal;">1. Don't look now, but social issues could be making a comeback this year. A California judge on Wednesday struck down Proposition 8 -- the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The decision came one week after another judge blocked key aspects of Arizona's new immigration law. In both cases, the ... Continue reading this post »

Posted on D.C. Wire at 1:05 AM ET, 08/ 5/2010

Gray wins straw poll on Fenty turf

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray beat Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in a Ward 4 Democrats straw poll, 581 to 401 -- an embarrassing loss for the mayor in his home base. Fenty, once beloved by residents in the ward where he was council member for six years, has seen a dramatic turnaround in his popularity. Despite dispatching dozens of workers ... Continue reading this post »

Posted on Virginia Politics Blog at 5:52 PM ET, 08/ 4/2010

On Obama's birthday, national Republicans mock Deeds one more time

It's been eight long months since Democrat Creigh Deeds lost to Republican Bob McDonnell for the Virginia governor's mansion in a decidely lopsided election. And it seems Republicans still want to gloat. Just a little. The occasion? President Obama's birthday. The Republican National Committee is offering electronic greeting cards, including one featuring Deeds, former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine and ... Continue reading this post »

Posted on PostPartisan at 5:37 PM ET, 08/ 4/2010

Charlie Rangel is no crook

Charlie Rangel is no crook. He’s right to insist on the opportunity to clear his name, because the charges against him range from the technical all the way to the trivial. All right, there’s one exception: On his federal tax returns, Rangel failed to declare rental income from a vacation property he owns in the Dominican Republic -- a ... Continue reading this post »

Posted on Maryland Politics at 5:16 PM ET, 08/ 4/2010

O'Malley promises more funding to fight auto thefts

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) pledged Wednesday to double the state's investment in license-plate recognition technology that has been credited with cracking down on car thefts. Flanked by law-enforcement officials in Greenbelt, O'Malley said the state would spend another $2 million in grant funding on the high-tech system in the coming year. The state started investing in the technology in ... Continue reading this post »

Posted on The Fix at 4:37 PM ET, 08/ 4/2010

Fix Daily Poll: What should Dick Wadhams do in Colorado?

By Aaron Blake Colorado Republican Party Chairman Dick Wadhams has had a rough go of it lately. After bursting on to the political scene by guiding then-Rep. John Thune (R-S.D.) to a victory over Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) in 2004, Wadhams was declared the "next Karl Rove." Then he fell victim to Sen. George Allen's (R-Va.) YouTube moment ... Continue reading this post »

Posted on PostPartisan at 4:35 PM ET, 08/ 4/2010

Ten birthday gift suggestions for President Obama

By Alexandra Petri Happy Birthday, Mr. President! Today, you are 49 years old. This is the same age as the landmark Mapp v. Ohio court case. I bet it spent today by itself, too. For anyone who is at a loss for what to give the man who has everything, here are some gift suggestions. Better late than never! 10. ... Continue reading this post »

Posted on Virginia Politics Blog at 4:30 PM ET, 08/ 4/2010

McDonnell donates $10,000 in excess inaugural funds to food banks

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) delivered a $10,000 check to the Federation of Virginia Food Banks Wednesday as he continues to give his excess inaugural funds to charities across the state. State law requires statewide candidates to donate extra inaugural funds. McDonnell expects to contribute about $100,000. A report released in March by the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan tracker ... Continue reading this post »

Posted on PostPartisan at 4:13 PM ET, 08/ 4/2010

From a drunk-driving tragedy, lessons in forgiveness

Imagine what it took for the parents of the young man charged in the drunken-driving accident that killed Sister Denise Mosier on Sunday to go to the monastery where the nun lived to offer their personal apologies. Imagine what it took for the women who knew and loved Sister Denise to, without hesitation, grant forgiveness. “We wanted to let ... Continue reading this post »

Posted on The Fix at 3:06 PM ET, 08/ 4/2010

Palin makes her most surprising endorsement yet

By Aaron Blake Sarah Palin made what is perhaps her most quixotic endorsement to date on Wednesday, backing businessman Brian Murphy over former Gov. Bob Ehrlich in the Maryland GOP primary for governor. Murphy is a largely unheralded 33-year old insurgent candidate, in the same mold of other Palin endorsees like Washington Senate candidate Clint Didier. Like Didier, he has ... Continue reading this post »

Posted on The Fix at 2:30 PM ET, 08/ 4/2010

Winners and losers: Michigan, Missouri and Kansas primaries

By Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake It was a late night for The Fix -- and not because we were tossing and turning over the fate of Bristol and Levi's romance, Brett Favre's future with the NFL, or Shark Week. No, we were up watching the returns come in from three states -- Michigan, Missouri and Kansas -- and now, ... Continue reading this post »

Posted on Virginia Politics Blog at 1:30 PM ET, 08/ 4/2010

McDonnell agrees with Cuccinelli on immigration checks, but can't require police action

Gov. Bob McDonnell said he agrees with Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's legal opinion on immigration checks, issued Monday, but lacks the legal authority to force local police to check the immigration status of people they stop, despite a request to do so from Del. Bob Marshall. "I don't have any control over local law enforcement officers,'' said McDonnell (R). "Those ... Continue reading this post »

Posted on Maryland Politics at 1:13 PM ET, 08/ 4/2010

Palin endorses little-known Brian Murphy in Md. Republican primary

Brian Murphy, a little-known Republican candidate for Maryland governor, has won the endorsement of one of the biggest names in national politics: Sarah Palin. Murphy, 33, a business investor from Montgomery County who has offered himself as a more conservative alternative to former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), trumpeted the endorsement on his Web site Wednesday, saying he ... Continue reading this post »

Posted on PostPartisan at 12:38 PM ET, 08/ 4/2010

Sorry, Time, Assange is a criminal, not a journalist

Over at Time Magazine, Michael Scherer takes issue with my column charging that WikiLeaks is a criminal enterprise and that its founder, Julian Assange, should be indicted for violations of the Espionage Act. Scherer writes: To be clear, Assange’s crime, according to Thiessen, is intentionally receiving and republishing classified information, something that is done with some regularity in the ... Continue reading this post »

Posted on PostPartisan at 11:17 AM ET, 08/ 4/2010

Bristol Palin: Who's sorry now

Okay, I have just one thing to say about the Bristol-Levi break-up: apology retracted. ... Continue reading this post »

Posted on The Fix at 10:41 AM ET, 08/ 4/2010

Independents flocking to Linda McMahon in Connecticut Senate race

By Felicia Sonmez A new Quinnipiac poll shows that former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon (R) has significantly cut into Connecticut Attorney General Dick Blumenthal's (D) lead in the open-seat race to succeed Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.). Blumenthal leads McMahon 50 percent to 40 percent in the poll, which surveyed 1,299 registered voters and had a margin of error ... Continue reading this post »

Posted on 44 at 10:16 AM ET, 08/ 4/2010

Barney Frank talks 'bundling' on Colbert Report

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) made the case for a Consumer Financial Protection Agency on the "Colbert Report" Tuesday night. "If the Founding Fathers were really worried about mortgage bundling or ATM fees wouldn't they have said so in the Constitution?" asked "Colbert Report" host Stephen Colbert asked. "The Founding Fathers talked about bundling, but they meant something a little more ... Continue reading this post »

Posted on Virginia Politics Blog at 10:00 AM ET, 08/ 4/2010

Anti-tax group lambastes McDonnell for acceptance of $800,000 grant

Americans for Prosperity, an anti-tax group that supports limited government and free trade, blasted Gov. Bob McDonnell for accepting nearly $800,000 for a project designed to make the state Capitol one of the "greenest" in the nation. The $798,988 grant came from the Environmental Protection Agency, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the City of Richmond and the Alliance for the ... Continue reading this post »

Posted on PostPartisan at 8:13 AM ET, 08/ 4/2010

'I got played' by Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston

I so wanted to believe in the rekindled romance between Bristol Palin and baby daddy Levi Johnston. When they announced they were (re)engaged last month, I wore my heart on my sleeve and swooned over their reunion. Now comes the news that the only thing enduring about that post is my continued belief in romance -- no matter how ... Continue reading this post »

Posted on The Fix at 6:00 AM ET, 08/ 4/2010

Obama rallies Michael Bennet supporters as Colorado Democratic primary tightens

By Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake 57); font-size: 20px; font-weight: normal;">1.President Obama addressed a tele-town hall on behalf of Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) last night, the latest signal that the White House is seriously concerned about the possibility that its preferred candidate might lose to his surging rival, former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D), in the Aug. 10 primary. ... Continue reading this post »


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