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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…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 25, 2005

Someday I may write a book about the 100 most repeated mistakes in politics. Without question, one will be comparing any person, place, thing, action, or circumstance to the Holocaust, Nazi Germany, the Gestapo, or Nazi concentration camps. At least once a year, a politician or group gets into hot water for making such a comparison. Although he apologized this week, no doubt Sen. Richard Durbin,…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 23, 2005

Many liberals and abortion-rights groups are apoplectic that President Bush has nominated John G. Roberts Jr., a 50-year-old judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, to succeed Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Of course, few of the names that had been circulated as possible Bush picks would have been acceptable to the Left, or to Democrats generally. Indeed, many Democrats had…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 21, 2005

While there is some dispute over how far Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., intended to go in his statement Sunday about seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, it might have been one of the shrewder political moves that we've seen in a while. Biden, on CBS' "Face the Nation," told moderator Bob Schieffer that, "if, in fact, I think that I have a clear shot at winning the nomination by th…

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There’s an old say­ing that close only counts in horse­shoes and hand gren­ades, and that’s cer­tainly how Demo­crats must feel after los­ing their third and fourth at­tempts of the year to wrestle away Re­pub­lic­an-held seats in spe­cial con­gres­sion­al elec­tions. In fair­ness, the first two shouldn’t fully count against them since the Demo­crat­ic Con­gres­sion­al Cam­paign Com­mit­tee was...

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