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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 18, 2009

The year's new buzzword is "reset," as in, "The United States needs to hit the reset button in its relations with Russia." The term is also relevant when discussing domestic politics: The 2010 midterms are likely to be very different from the back-to-back elections that featured hurricane-force winds, waves, and tides in the faces of Republicans and at the backs of Democrats. Will equally strong…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 14, 2009

Among the multitude of tough decisions that President Obama and his administration will face in the next few months is whether to send a second economic stimulus package to Capitol Hill. Just over a month ago, there were plenty of "green shoots," hopeful signs that the recession might soon be ending. Increasingly, top economists were predicting positive economic growth in the fourth quarter of th…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 14, 2009

It's a shame that with the thousands of statistics released every week from Washington, there aren't any called "CPBP" or "CPHR," short for "Collective Partisan Blood Pressure" and "Collective Partisan Heart Rate." Last week would undoubtedly show dramatic increases for each side, with Democratic blood pressures and Republican heart rates significantly up. Many Democrats getting back to Washingt…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 7, 2009

The political community's reaction to Alaska Republican Gov. Sarah Palin's announcement that she would resign on July 26 was swift, withering and very nearly unanimous. It's hard to dispute that Palin…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 4, 2009

In interviewing congressional candidates, a common question that we at The Cook Political Report ask is, "What's one issue or vote on which you would differ from your party's leadership?" In this era of extremely polarized districts and elections, the ability to show distance from the pack and rise above the rubber-stamp label seems to really impress independent voters and often makes the differen…

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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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If a Demo­crat had a night­mare a year ago, it might well look like what happened in last Novem­ber’s elec­tions. If a Re­pub­lic­an had a night­mare on the eve of Pres­id­ent Trump’s in­aug­ur­a­tion, it might well look like the last 118 days. After a pres­id­en­tial cam­paign that was, start to fin­ish, the strangest in memory, this has been the strangest trans­ition and first four months of...

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The 2016 Political Environment

Updated November 25, 2015 | As the 2016 election cycle begins to take shape, the Cook Political Report has identified several metrics worth monitoring between now and Election Day.

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