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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 21, 2017

As a can­did­ate, Don­ald Trump thor­oughly en­joyed dis­mant­ling and tor­tur­ing the Re­pub­lic­an wing of the Re­pub­lic­an Party. But now that chaos, tur­moil, and in­eptitude have be­come the watch­words for his White House—not­with­stand­ing his as­ser­tion Thursday that it “is run­ning like a fine-tuned ma­chine”—the tar­gets of his barbs were giv­ing each oth­er “I told you so”...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 17, 2017

Many congressional Republicans who had town meetings over the last week or two have gotten an earful from constituents upset over the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act or President Trump’s immigration enforcement or both. Some of these highly unpleasant scenes don’t look too different from what congressional Democrats encountered back in 2009 and 2013, rocky years that preceded...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 14, 2017

Con­gres­sion­al Re­pub­lic­ans in gen­er­al and the more con­ser­vat­ive mem­bers in par­tic­u­lar are already find­ing life in the pres­id­ent’s party a lot more com­plic­ated than it was when they could simply throw rocks at the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion and hold hear­ings on Benghazi and Hil­lary Clin­ton’s emails.

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 10, 2017

Two things seem abund­antly clear right now. First, Pres­id­ent Trump’s agenda and pri­or­it­ies are ex­actly what he laid out in his bois­ter­ous cam­paign. No one should be sur­prised by what he is do­ing. Second, the di­vi­sions over Can­did­ate Trump mir­ror the per­cep­tions of Pres­id­ent Trump. Des­pite the con­tro­ver­sies of his early days in of­fice, his back­ers have mainly held...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 7, 2017

My face has yet to get ac­cus­tomed to win­cing ump­teen times a day at what both sides are do­ing these days. Not hav­ing been on the line dur­ing Sat­urday’s phone call between Pres­id­ent Trump and Aus­trali­an Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull, it’s hard to know ex­actly what happened, but it cer­tainly ap­pears that our newly min­ted pres­id­ent was something less than re­spect­ful...

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Charlie Cook is Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report and a political analyst for National Journal magazine, where he writes a twice weekly column. Charlie is considered one of the nation's leading authorities on American politics and U.S. elections.
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Trump’s Fine-Tuned Machine Runs Like an Oil-Burning Jalopy

February 21, 2017

As a can­did­ate, Don­ald Trump thor­oughly en­joyed dis­mant­ling and tor­tur­ing the Re­pub­lic­an wing of the Re­pub­lic­an Party. But now that chaos, tur­moil, and in­eptitude have be­come the watch­words for his White House—not­with­stand­ing his as­ser­tion Thursday that it “is run­ning like a fine-tuned ma­chine”—the tar­gets of his barbs were giv­ing each oth­er “I told you so”...

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