The Fix is taking a little break over the next five days.

As we go on our merry way, though, here are some fixbits and must-reads to tide you over.


A new ad from the pro-Mitt Romney super PAC hits Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry, but spares new Iowa frontrunner Ron Paul.

Two Chris Christie drafters in Iowa have moved on to support Gingrich.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) isn’t endorsing Gingrich at their joint appearance today. And Gingrich said his campaign is still scrambling to make the Virginia ballot.

Paul defends himself on charges that he published a newsletter that included some racist content.

Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) goes up with radio ads in his primary.

Rep. Joe Walsh’s (R-Ill.) primary opponent drops out.

Kentucky state Senate President David Williams (R), whose political standing was damaged by a huge defeat at the hands of Gov. Steve Beshear (D) last month, will not face an intra-party revolt and will remain in leadership.

Arizona’s redistricting commission has chosen it’s final map, and the two open seats on the map — the vast rural 1st and the new 9th, got a tiny bit friendlier for the GOP from the last draft. But Democrats still like their chances in both districts.

The Connecticut Supreme Court will draw the state’s new redistricting map after a bipartisan commission failed to agree to a plan to submit to the legislature.

Sarah Palin likes Tim Tebow.

Speaking of Palin, HBO teases “Game Change,” including a clip of Julianne Moore as Palin.


How Democrats Fooled California’s Redistricting Commission” — Olga Pierce and Jeff Larson, ProPublica

Romney steps on the accelerator” — Dan Balz, Washington Post

The Reasons for Republican Optimism in Wisconsin” — Sean Sullivan, National Journal

Romney’s three paths to victory” — Ross Douthat, New York Times

For Democrats in Hawaii, Unease in an Oasis” — Adam Nagourney, New York Times

In Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback puts tea party tenets into action with sharp cuts” — Annie Gowen, Washington Post