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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 1, 2008

Republicans who had hoped that this year's almost relentless stream of bad news would be broken by a GOP victory either in the New Jersey or Virginia gubernatorial contests were disappointed again. As the Morton Salt slogan goes, "When it rains, it pours." These days, the Bush White House and the rest of the Republican Party are getting drenched, and no relief is in sight for them. As Republican…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 1, 2008

Capitol Hill Calculus By Charlie Cook © NationalJournal.com November 29, 2005 Lord knows that Republicans have plenty to worry about these days. President Bush now has the lowest approval ratin…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 1, 2008

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of President Bush's Monday address on immigration was that, for once, he was talking politically about a topic that actually matters to him. Bush's modus operandi ha…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 28, 2008

Given the closeness of the last two presidential elections and the considerable polling data pointing to yet another tight contest, this November's election seems likely to be a squeaker. Yes, a Lo…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 24, 2008

One of this week's big political debates surrounds the decision of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., to eschew public financing, a decision that many critics say constitutes him breaking a campaign promise and exposes him to allegations of hypocrisy. It's a fair guess that an impartial jury might well convict him if this was a criminal offense, rather than a commonplace activity in American politics. A…

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The Unfolding Republican Nightmare

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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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