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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 28, 2005

For much of the past six months, official Washington has been obsessed with the idea that Senate Republicans might pull the trigger on the so-called nuclear option. Journalists have consumed barrels of ink and pundits have talked themselves blue over whether Republicans had the votes, what banning the filibustering of judicial nominees would mean for the Senate as an institution, what it would me…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 24, 2005

The political environment is not good right now for Republicans. Recent polling shows low approval ratings for President Bush and Congress, as well as an increasingly pessimistic electorate. So wh…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 21, 2005

Even though the GOP is very unlikely to lose control of the House or Senate next year, any Republican in a potentially competitive race would be wise to call a pollster. Recent surveys -- nationwid…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 17, 2005

A showdown in the Senate over the use of the filibuster against judicial confirmations seems inevitable, but that might not be the case. Just as U.S. and Soviet leaders stepped back from the abyss during the Cuban Missile Crisis, so, too, Senate leaders might be persuaded to keep from using the so-called nuclear option. While there has been talk for weeks that former Senate Majority Leader Trent…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 14, 2005

Perhaps it is my imagination, but the men and women nominated to the federal bench over the past 25 years by presidents of both parties seem considerably more ideological than their predecessors and considerably less likely to command the respect of a broad swath of the legal community. The judicial nominees of recent decades don't tend to be eminences grises. These differences are, I believe, th…

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Al­most as soon as the votes were coun­ted in Novem­ber, some Demo­crats began clam­or­ing for the ap­point­ment of a spe­cial pro­sec­utor to look at al­leg­a­tions of Rus­si­an in­volve­ment in the pres­id­en­tial cam­paign, either to hurt Hil­lary Clin­ton or help Don­ald Trump, or both. These calls were, in my view, way over the top. It has long been the case that when mem­bers of the...

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