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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 25, 2006

The media, including this column, have been quick to point out the continued declines in President Bush's job-approval ratings this year, so it is only fair to flag what might be a bottoming out and p…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 25, 2006

When several thousand Republicans gather in Memphis for a joint meeting of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference and its Midwestern counterpart on March 9 to 12, they're likely to spend a great deal of time agonizing over -- or at least privately debating -- whom their party should nominate for president in 2008. The two front-runners are unpopular with large portions of the party faithful…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 14, 2006

On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, historian Joseph Ellis said on "Face the Nation" that second term presidencies were about ducks, chickens and bubbles. He said second-term "lame duck" presidents have little power to enforce party discipline on Capitol Hill, making it much more difficult to win legislative victories. Furthermore, chickens come home to roost, meaning decisions, policies and events…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 7, 2006

Acknowledging the old adage about hindsight being 20-20, I always hate to discover, using another cliche, that something is hiding in plain sight. A confession: I thought House Majority Whip Roy Blunt was going to win last week's election to be majority leader, beating Education and the Workforce Chairman John Boehner and Rep. John Shadegg of Arizona, former chairman of the conservative Republica…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 4, 2006

A year ago, with Republican victories in the 2004 elections still fresh and with President Bush's job-approval ratings still above 50 percent, Democrats' chances of capturing the House looked fairly s…

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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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For con­gres­sion­al Re­pub­lic­ans in the new norm of the Trump pres­id­ency, noth­ing is easy, and everything is hard. Rais­ing the debt ceil­ing in or­der to keep the gov­ern­ment from de­fault­ing on its debt is nor­mally easy; now it is hard. Passing an om­ni­bus budget bill to simply keep the gov­ern­ment op­er­at­ing (for­get the idea of passing the full bat­tery of 12 ap­pro­pri­ations...

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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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