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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 6, 2003

For political junkies, it's good that there's a spirited fight for the Democratic presidential nomination and uncertainty about President Bush's vulnerability, because the competition for the House and Senate has been largely out of sight and out of mind. Even so, recent weeks have produced developments of real consequence for the 2004 congressional elections. In the House, the biggest news is th…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, August 30, 2003

The economy is weak and sputtering. The military occupation of Iraq is not going smoothly. Attempts to provide the promised prescription drug benefit are in disarray. And the federal budget deficit is…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, August 9, 2003

Philadelphia, Miss. -- Any list of truly unique American political events would have to include Mississippi's Neshoba County Fair. Since its start in 1889, the Neshoba fair has come to play an important role in Southern politics. Ronald Reagan kicked off his 1980 general election presidential campaign here. And, despite the Republicans' strength in this part of east-central Mississippi, Sen. John…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, August 2, 2003

An eerie gravitational force seems to keep pulling President Bush's job-approval numbers back down toward the mid-50s soon after they've bounced into higher territory. We saw this in 2001, with Bus…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 29, 2003

The downward drift in President Bush's approval ratings that began after the major hostilities in Iraq ended on May 1 have continued through July, and, if preliminary numbers hold, even through the ki…

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Charlie Cook is Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report and a political analyst for National Journal magazine, where he writes a twice weekly column. Charlie is considered one of the nation's leading authorities on American politics and U.S. elections.
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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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