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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 28, 2003

When we get the first look at economic growth numbers for the third quarter of this year on Thursday, those Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures may well show impressive economic growth -- a sign that President Bush's tax cut-oriented economic growth package did in fact stimulate the economy. History has shown that economic growth through the second quarter of the election year usually results in…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 25, 2003

As many have long expected, the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination is coming down to just three things: Iowa, New Hampshire, and money. The Iowa caucuses (scheduled for January 19) and the New Hampshire primary (January 27) have long been springboards to the nomination. Thirteen of the last 14 major-party nominees have won Iowa, New Hampshire, or both. Bill Clinton is the exception…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 21, 2003

Two new reliable polls of Iowa and New Hampshire Democratic primary voters are helping to shed some light on the pivotal Democratic contests in those states. One of the surveys (the one that's getting the most attention) even included a sample from South Carolina. The results show some good news for Howard Dean in Iowa and New Hampshire, and a wide-open contest in South Carolina. The first poll,…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 18, 2003

Texas's newly enacted congressional redistricting plan has drawn a lot of attention, largely because it endangers more than half of the state's 17 House Democrats. But the new map's impact might be felt far beyond the borders of the Lone Star State. With so few House seats in play anywhere in the nation in this cycle, losing two to seven seats in Texas would greatly reduce the Democrats' chances…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 14, 2003

The 2004 presidential election long has seemed likely to be at least competitive, with the nation evenly divided between the two major political parties, along with the high degree of partisan polariz…

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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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