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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, March 18, 2006

Are the Republicans in serious danger of losing both the House and the Senate? Or would the Democrats have to get extremely lucky to take control of either chamber? At least for the moment, the foreca…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, March 14, 2006

Don't let anyone tell you the 2008 presidential campaign hasn't started yet. The race for the White House, at least for Republicans, was well under way this past weekend in Memphis at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. While the straw poll, conducted by Hotline, was a tasty dessert, the meat and potatoes of the weekend event was watching seven contenders speak in front of 2,000 mostly…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, March 11, 2006

No one would mistake me for the president of the Howard Dean fan club. I can't even count the number of times that the chairman of the Democratic National Committee has said things that I considered a bit over the top and that I thought contributed to the caricature that the Democratic Party has become in the minds of many Americans. In his most recent dustup, though, Dean is absolutely right. La…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, March 4, 2006

Although political observers are focused on this year's elections, the fight for the 2008 Democratic and Republican presidential nominations and the fortunes of Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain, as well as that of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, are never far from their minds. Those three outsized personalities are dominating early discussions of the first presidential campa…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 28, 2006

As one might expect, the public has taken a pretty dim view of the Bush administration's approval of a contract allowing a United Arab Emirates-based company to take over some of the operations at six…

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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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The gen­er­al para­met­ers are already well known. In Novem­ber, Amer­ic­ans elec­ted a pres­id­ent who had no gov­ern­ment ex­per­i­ence of any kind. He was clearly not well-versed in policy is­sues and had a pro­cliv­ity to shoot from the hip, say­ing whatever came to mind, work­ing off of in­stinct rather than ex­pert­ise. We have elec­ted out­siders be­fore, but they have been the gov­ernor...

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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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