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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 7, 2003

Baton Rouge, LA - What can be said about a year in politics in which a former world-champion body builder has an edge to become the new governor of California, the 32-year-old son of Indian immigrants has a slight edge to be the next governor of Louisiana, and the former governor of Vermont -- a state best known as the home of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream -- is the front-runner for the Democratic pre…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 4, 2003

George W. Bush and his father share some similar circumstances in the third year of their presidencies. A president whose tenure is dominated by foreign policy while a stubbornly weak economy festers certainly tends to see his political standing erode. The current President Bush embarked on an aggressive round of tax cuts that he promised would rejuvenate the economy. And even though most of the…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 30, 2003

In the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination, the health care plan by Rep. Richard Gephardt of Missouri was called "big" and "bold" by many observers. Well, if the Gephardt health plan was big and bold, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean's $300,000 wave of television advertising in Iowa that begins today and runs through July 2 is breathtaking in its brashness and risk. In one fell swoop,…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 30, 2003

Polls are dominating the political news this week, with interesting and, in some cases, dubious polling results on the presidential race, as well as the California gubernatorial recall and the Kentuck…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 27, 2003

It's been a long time since a pair of polls caused as much stir as did this week's Newsweek and CNN/USA Today/Gallup presidential race surveys. The Newsweek poll came first, putting retired Army Gen.…

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GOP Divisions Doomed Health Care Bill

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The collapse of the Senate Republican health care bill isn’t all that complicated and shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Like some bad marriages, you can chalk it up to “irreconcilable differences.” The Senate Republican Conference includes very conservative members who to their marrow believe in minimalist government, especially when it involves health care. But it also includes senators...

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