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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 22, 2005

Now that both President Bush and the 109th Congress have been sworn in, the real work is just beginning. It's hard to remember when a new Congress and a re-elected president faced such monumental challenges under such difficult circumstances. Many Republican members of Congress -- particularly those in potentially competitive seats -- will spend sleepless nights fretting, over the next two years.…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 22, 2005

Before the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature redrew that state's 32 congressional districts in 2003, midterm redistricting was unheard-of in modern-day American politics, except under court order. Today, taking a second crack at political boundaries redrawn as a result of the most recent census is a game that a growing number of elected officials are eager to play. California Republican Gov…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 22, 2005

While the controversies surrounding House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, have not yet jeopardized his leadership position, he does appear to be nearing an important fork in the road. If no additional allegations of ethical transgressions or new controversies crop up, DeLay's troubles may all blow over. In that case, DeLay will remain virtually as powerful as ever, and he will be able to hold…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 18, 2005

It's impossible to tell whether the story last week that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was contemplating a bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination was a real trial balloon or just some savvy publicist's great idea for drawing attention to Gingrich's new book. But it might not be quite as nutty as some, particularly Democrats, liberals and most journalists, think that the architect…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 15, 2005

Saying that the next major speech to be given by a president is "the most important of his career" has become a tired cliche. After all, no president gets the job without having delivered a number of…

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