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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 1, 2008

Most everyone agrees that John McCain's selection of Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate could be a "game-changer." But they disagree over which way it might change the game. We don't know how Palin will perform over the next 64 days. The choice could turn out to be inspired and resonate with swing voters, women, and independents. But Palin's selection also seems like a big risk, one that…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, August 31, 2008

The first objective in selecting a vice presidential running mate, it's often been said, is to follow the Hippocratic Oath, which has been paraphrased as, "First, do no harm." Consider John McCain's choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin through that lens. Most people would agree that the presidency is no place for on-the-job training. A vice president needs to be ready to step into the Oval Office at…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, August 30, 2008

A breathtaking array of problems will immediately demand the attention of the next president. One of the smartest guys in Washington is political economist Tom Gallagher, who monitors the intersection of economics, policy, and politics for the ISI Group, a Wall Street advisory firm. On the subject of budget deficits, Gallagher is fond of quoting the late economist Herb Stein, who said that the p…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, August 28, 2008

You can always count on James Carville for a good line. The conventional wisdom among Republican strategists and activists has been that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would be Sen. John McCain's choice for his running mate. That speculation has set the Ragin' Cajun up for another one. At a Christian Science Monitor lunch with reporters on Wednesday, Carville argued that his goal in choosin…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, August 27, 2008

Polls are showing the presidential general election race tightening. The Gallup nightly tracking poll released on Tuesday afternoon had Republican Sen. John McCain edging 2 points ahead of Democratic…

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GOP Divisions Doomed Health Care Bill

July 25, 2017

The collapse of the Senate Republican health care bill isn’t all that complicated and shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Like some bad marriages, you can chalk it up to “irreconcilable differences.” The Senate Republican Conference includes very conservative members who to their marrow believe in minimalist government, especially when it involves health care. But it also includes senators...

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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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