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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 7, 2017

My face has yet to get ac­cus­tomed to win­cing ump­teen times a day at what both sides are do­ing these days. Not hav­ing been on the line dur­ing Sat­urday’s phone call between Pres­id­ent Trump and Aus­trali­an Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull, it’s hard to know ex­actly what happened, but it cer­tainly ap­pears that our newly min­ted pres­id­ent was something less than re­spect­ful...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 3, 2017

Over this past week­end, a num­ber of people noted that while it took Pres­id­ent Re­agan 727 days to have a ma­jor­ity in the polls dis­ap­prov­ing of his job in of­fice, Pres­id­ent George H.W. Bush 1,336 days, Pres­id­ent Clin­ton 573 days, Pres­id­ent George W. Bush 1,205 days, and Pres­id­ent Obama 936 days, it took Pres­id­ent Trump just eight days to get there. That fit well in­to a...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 31, 2017

We need to get used to the next four years be­ing the polit­ic­al equi­val­ent of Space Moun­tain, the great Dis­ney­land roller coast­er ride. Ca­reen­ing one way, then the oth­er, plum­met­ing down­ward or soar­ing up, all in the dark so you nev­er know what will hap­pen yet, it’s an ex­per­i­ence that is both ex­hil­ar­at­ing and dis­or­i­ent­ing. The key dif­fer­ence is that it only lasts...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 27, 2017

Ba­sic phys­ics was not the high point in my aca­dem­ic ca­reer, but I did learn enough to re­mem­ber New­ton’s third law of mo­tion, that for every ac­tion or force there is a re­ac­tion that is equal in size, but in the op­pos­ite dir­ec­tion. Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate Don­ald Trump’s gi­gant­ic cam­paign ral­lies have now giv­en way to enorm­ous demon­stra­tions against Pres­id­ent Trump,...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 24, 2017

On Fri­day, Don­ald J. Trump takes the oath of of­fice and be­comes pres­id­ent. A year ago, the vast ma­jor­ity of Amer­ic­ans—av­er­age voters, polit­ic­al afi­cion­ados, and pun­dits—thought this was vir­tu­ally im­possible. Deep down I sus­pect Trump is sur­prised as well. Forty-four men have pre­vi­ously taken the oath of of­fice and as­sumed the awe­some re­spons­ib­il­it­ies of the job,...

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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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Hostile Swing Voters Spell Trouble for House Republicans

February 28, 2017

The two-thirds of Re­pub­lic­ans in the House who have nev­er served when the GOP held ma­jor­it­ies in the House and Sen­ate along­side a GOP pres­id­ent can be for­giv­en for not re­mem­ber­ing the last time they were sim­il­arly situ­ated. It was 2006, and they lost 30 seats in the House. When Demo­crats were last in that situ­ation, it was 2010 and they lost 63 House seats. When one party...

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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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