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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 13, 2007

Part of me hated to see Barack Obama jump into the presidential race. Don't get me wrong: I have nothing against the senator from Illinois. But I had a theory about how the contest for the Democratic nomination would play out, and I worried that Obama's entry could complicate things. My theory was that the race would largely be a referendum on Hillary Rodham Clinton and on whether her party think…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 6, 2007

On one level, it is absolutely true that John McCain's (R) unwavering support for the increasingly contentious war in Iraq is creating problems for the Arizona senator, particularly his support for an increase in U.S. troops in Iraq. Even many Republicans who were steadfast in supporting President Bush on Iraq are getting a little weak in the knees with the mounting casualty rates, unrelenting ba…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 3, 2007

The more I think about the contest for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, the more uncertain I am about how Sen. John McCain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will fare. However, I c…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 30, 2007

Only three states switched their allegiance between the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. When George W. Bush first ran for the White House, he won New Hampshire but lost New Mexico and Iowa. Four years later, he lost New Hampshire but won New Mexico and Iowa. Even though the margins in those states, plus a dozen others, were razor-thin, the fact that 47 states ended up in the same party's co…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 30, 2007

To the dismay of Republicans and the shock of quite a few others who had expected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats to pursue a "San Francisco liberal" agenda, the course thus far has bee…

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More than a few House Re­pub­lic­ans are likely to be tak­ing deep breaths as they board the sub­way from the Long­worth or Ray­burn House Of­fice Build­ings to the Cap­it­ol on Thursday to vote on the Amer­ic­an Health Care Act. They know that they will be cast­ing a fate­ful vote on a bill that no one really likes and, giv­en the lack of af­fec­tion for it in the Sen­ate, one that is...

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