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A response to Rush Limbaugh on President Obama's 'Tonight Show' appearance

A response to Rush Limbaugh on President Obama's 'Tonight Show' appearance

On his radio show Thursday, Rush Limbaugh singled out a Fix post for a bit of derision.

At issue is a piece I wrote Wednesday explaining why no one should be surprised that "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno asked President Obama serious questions about Edward Snowden and the NSA, among other topics, during an interview Tuesday. My point in the piece --or at least my intended point -- was to note that as the definition of who can be a journalist has broadened, the line between "serious" and "fun" has blurred.

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The future of the Washington Post -- in 2 tweets

The future of the Washington Post -- in 2 tweets

In the wake of the announcement that the Washington Post was being sold to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, roughly 1 kajillion tweets were sent. (this is an approximate number.)

Two stood out to us -- because of the people who sent them and what they said about the future of the Post.

The first came from James Bennet, editor-in-chief of the Atlantic.

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On the Washington Post, Jeff Bezos and good content

On the Washington Post, Jeff Bezos and good content

The massive news that broke this afternoon that the Washington Post is being sold to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has the entire media world -- especially people like us who work here -- wondering what it all means.

Short answer: We don't know. Long answer: We don't know. (WonkBlog's Neil Irwin had a smart take on the business logic behind this move.)

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Nate Silver is good for political journalism

Nate Silver is good for political journalism

Nate Silver, king of the data geeks (we say this lovingly), announced he was leaving the New York Times to join ESPN/ABC this week.

The Internet -- and in particular Twitter -- nearly exploded reacting to the news, with praise for Nate outrunning criticism but plenty of both to go around. That's nothing new of course. You could write a tweet that reads "I love good things" and within five seconds you'd have 10 people telling you why good things -- and you -- suck.

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The Washington Post paywall goes up

The Washington Post paywall goes up

In case you spent the week under a pile of coats -- and we have nothing against that -- you've probably heard that the Washington Post is putting a metered subscription model (aka a paywall) into place starting today.

This has been in the works for a while now -- you may have noticed that the newspaper business hasn't exactly been raking in the cash of late -- and so it's not a big surprise.

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The Fix's best state based political blogs -- extended edition!

The Fix's best state based political blogs -- extended edition!

In the week since we debuted our updated list of the best state-based political blogs in (almost) all 50 states, we've heard from lots of you about the ones we missed.

Since our goal is to provide Fix readers with the best possible list of go-to political blogs in each state, we added in the latest nominations, and below unveil the new and improved list below!

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Change is afoot at The Fix!

Change is afoot at The Fix!

Close readers of this blog -- and we assume that's everyone -- will have noticed some new names and faces popping up of late. That's because we are expanding!

Last week, the Washington Post announced the formation of a digital politics strike force -- a group of first responders tasked with breaking and analyzing the news for the web.

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A note of thanks

For the past seven-ish years, I have written about politics -- and a smidgen about policy -- on a daily, and often hourly, basis in this space.



It has been -- and continues to be -- a labor of love.The chance to report on and write about politics is a rare one that I try to never take for granted. And the chance to interact with a like-minded community of political nerds -- I say that with all possible affection -- from across the county and even across the world has been among the most gratifying experiences of my life.

On Election Day 2012, now seems like the right time to simply say "thank you". For your support, your feedback and, yes, even your critiques. Politics is the most important game in the world. Thanks for watching it alongside me all these years.

The Fix’s best political books of 2011

Are you a last-minute holiday shopper wondering what to get that political junkie in your family? Boy have you come to the right place.

Over the weekend, we asked Fixistas for their favorite political books of 2011. We got lots of great suggestions on the blog as well as via Twitter and Facebook.

We did our best to provide as full a list as possible below. Remember that these are suggestions from readers; we don’t endorse any particular viewpoint represented in these books) Lots of you nominated books that didn’t come out in 2011 so that’s why you don’t see them on the list.

The books are listed in the order in which we received the recommendations. The first five are the Fix’s personal favorites. What did we miss? This list is a work in progress so if your favorite isn’t on the list, add it in the comments section.

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The best political books of 2011

The best political books of 2011

During our “Live Fix” chat on Friday, we got a great question: What are the best political books of 2011?

With only 7 shopping days until Christmas — and 17 shopping days until the Iowa caucuses! — we thought it made sense to turn that question over to the Fixista hive mind.

So, in the comments section below — or on Twitter using the hashtag #fixbooks — send us the political books (fiction or non fiction) that came out in 2011 that the political junkie in your family absolutely must have.

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Fix 2.0 is here!

Fix 2.0 is here!

We’ve been writing this blog for the better part of the last six years.

During that time we’ve made all sorts of changes, some big — the awesome additions of FixAaron and FixRachel (as well as alumni FixFelicia) — and many small.

But one thing that hasn’t changed is the format of this blog. Until now.

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