Everyone wants a piece of the Internal Revenue Service these days, which is why agency officials have been subjected to three congressional hearings over the past week.
So now that the dust has settled, who came out on top? Who didn't?
Below, we look at some of the winners and losers. If we missed any, be sure to let us know in the comments section below.
View Photo Gallery — Inside the fiscal cliff fight: President Obama and Senate Republicans reached a sweeping deal late Monday that would let income taxes rise significantly for the first time in more than two decades.
After the usual hemming and hawing, horse-trading and partisan hysterics, Congress and the White House have seemingly agreed to a deal to get the country passed the so-called "fiscal cliff." (Worth noting: The deal has yet to pass the Senate or House -- meaning that it is not totally done just yet. But, it does appear to be as close to a done deal as possible.)
In a town in which genuine surprises are few and far between, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint's resignation stunned the political world.
View Photo Gallery — A look back at Sen. Jim DeMint's career
The Fix, of course, prides ourselves on quickly bouncing back from surprise to provide analysis. And so that's what we are doing! Having spent the morning processing the DeMint news, we offer some winners and losers from the announcement. As always, we attempt to get beyond the most obvious choices to make a few picks you might not have thought of.
The night’s speaking program started very slowly but picked up steam as it wore on — a good thing for Mitt Romney and Republicans since the major national networks only showed the 10 pm hour of the festivities.
Below is our take on the best and the worst of the night that was. Agree with our picks? Or — more likely — disagree? The comments section awaits.
While many Americans are busy filing their taxes this week, many politicians were filing their first quarter financial reports last weekend.
Which means The Fix has spent a good portion of the day combing through all the House and Senate candidates’ quarterly financial reports.
We won’t bore you with all the details, but we will give you some highlights. So, without further ado, we bring you our first quarter fundraising winners and losers...
* Elizabeth Warren: The Massachusetts Democrat has become a mainstay on this list. Look at it this way: Her opponent, Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), raised more money than any other incumbent last quarter, with $3.4 million, and she raised twice as much as him, with $6.9 million. She has also closed the cash-on-hand gap in a hurry; she trails $15 million to $11 million now.
* Richard Mourdock: With $875,000 raised, Mourdock outdid both his incumbent GOP primary opponent, Sen. Richard Lugar ($820,000), and his potential general election opponent, Rep. Joe Donnelly (D), who pulled in just $312,000 for the quarter.
Through the first four contests in the GOP presidential race, there were more than 20 debates. For the next 14 contests (at least), there will be only one debate.
That debate was held Wednesday night in Arizona, and its impact on the GOP presidential race will become clear in the days ahead.
Here’s our snapshot of the debate, presented as usual in the form of winners and losers:
* Ron Paul: Who knew the Texas congressman was such an attack dog? While we’ve seen flashes of it in previous debates, he really went after Rick Santorum on Wednesday and got himself plenty of camera time in the process.
The takeaway if you were seeing Paul for the first time: ‘I’m not a politician like these guys. I’m principled.’ He used Santorum as a counter-balance in that effort, and it worked.
Monday was a holiday here at The Fix — and we ain’t talkin’ about President’s Day.
January fundraising reports were due by midnight last night, which made Monday the highest of political nerd holidays: FEC Day. And you can find all the numbers here.
Given an extra six-plus hours to let the data stew a little bit, we now present you with our January fundraising winners and losers...
* President Obama: All four Republican presidential candidates raised good money but also spent heavily in January. Obama faced the prospect of a well-funded Mitt Romney ending the nominating contest in January and having plenty of primary cash leftover to build a campaign over the next six months, but that’s no longer going to happen.
A supposedly less-important Election Day on Tuesday got pretty interesting by the time it was all said and done.
We’ve combed through all the results so we can lay it all out for you — as usual — in the form of winners and losers.
* Rick Santorum: This is a guy who was left for dead just a few days ago. Not only did he not get a bump from his performance in Iowa in early January; he actually fared pretty poorly even after the Iowa GOP declared him a winner two weeks later.
After Tuesday, he’s got a lot to hang his hat on, winning all three contests, and beating the polls by a large margin. It’s up to him now to prove his appeal isn’t just a Midwest thing or a one-time deal, and that he can raise enough money to be the true anti-Mitt Romney candidate.
He also has yet to prove that he can beat a fully engaged Romney machine. But Tuesday was a great start.
Jacksonville, Fla., and CNN put on one of the best debates of the GOP presidential race on Thursday night — a debate that is sure to have an effect on Tuesday’s all-important Florida primary.
The Fix was live-chatting all night, but we also thought we’d pass along our thoughts on the debate, in the form — naturally — of winners and losers.