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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 19, 2005

Last week's NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll proves to be a treasure trove of interesting and provocative data. It contains plenty that should worry Republicans. At the same time, though, these resul…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 16, 2005

The political impact of the news that White House senior adviser Karl Rove leaked the identity, if not the name, of CIA officer Valerie Plame is impossible to predict with any certainty. But this strange development is a timely reminder that while close 2006 midterm contests may well hinge on the "micro" particulars of each race, they could end up hinging on some "macro" national factor. One meth…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 12, 2005

Two weeks ago, I used this column to deliver a rather harsh critique of a Social Security package proposed by Ways and Means Chairman Bill Thomas, R-Calif., and several other House Republicans. I questioned their political judgment in proposing to use current Social Security surplus funds for the creation of private accounts. My argument, in a nutshell, was that after President Bush and so many o…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 30, 2005

It was a scene that would have seemed impossible a dozen years ago. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Newt Gingrich, sitting just a few feet apart, smiling, laughing, exchanging knowing grins, and generally acting like old pals. But unlike so many other odd-couple functions in this town, this wasn't a charity fundraiser cleverly designed to bring old adversaries together as bait for a good cause. It was…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 28, 2005

For those of you who might have been on vacation or otherwise distracted last week, House Ways and Means Chairman Bill Thomas, R-Calif., and a number of other House Republicans proposed the creation of private investment accounts to be funded out of the Social Security surplus. Hello, a Social Security surplus? Last time I checked, President Bush had given an impassioned State of the Union speec…

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Al­most 130 years ago, Ger­man philo­soph­er Friedrich Ni­et­z­sche wrote, “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” In a per­verse way, BuzzFeed and CNN made Pres­id­ent-elect Trump stronger this week.

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