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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, December 23, 2003

If politics was boxing, then you could say that a fast left-right-left combination has really knocked Democrats for a loop. The CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll conducted just five weeks ago (Nov. 14-16) ind…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, December 16, 2003

The news early Sunday morning of the capture of deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein by U.S. troops certainly shakes up the American political scene, but this development could conceivably change the…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, December 13, 2003

Pronouncements by political insiders and the media that Al Gore's endorsement of former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean cements Dean's front-runner status for the Democratic presidential nomination ignore the fact that Dean had about a 75 percent chance of being the nominee before Gore spoke up. And those odds haven't really changed much. Dean was already even or ahead in Iowa, and he commands an enormo…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, December 9, 2003

For a long time, I have said that the three most important factors in winning a party's presidential nomination are Iowa, New Hampshire and money. After all, 13 of the 14 major party nominations over…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, December 6, 2003

As the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination heats up, the electability argument is being bandied about more often. Establishment-oriented political watchers, and particularly backers of Rep. Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., and some other candidates, argue that while former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean appeals to the Democratic base, he would have a tougher time than Gephardt winning a general elect…

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How Fake News Undermines Democracy

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Al­most 130 years ago, Ger­man philo­soph­er Friedrich Ni­et­z­sche wrote, “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” In a per­verse way, BuzzFeed and CNN made Pres­id­ent-elect Trump stronger this week.

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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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