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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 24, 2003

The 2004 presidential election is likely to be a game of political tug-of-war. President Bush and his fellow Republicans will be pulling hard to keep the public and the news media focused on his stron…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 20, 2003

First, keep in mind that, over the last 30 years, every single Republican presidential nominee and every Democrat save one, Bill Clinton in 1992, won either the Iowa caucus or the New Hampshire primary, or both. The one exception during that period, covering elections from 1976 onward, featured a Democratic candidate who was from Iowa (Tom Harkin) and a combination of a next-door candidate in New…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 17, 2003

The partisan acrimony that began intensifying in the House in the mid- to late 1980s now extends far beyond that chamber. Just look at this week's news. The Senate is facing a horrible fight over President Bush's judicial nominations. While the Senate has never been quite the embodiment of gentility that some commentators make it out to be, it has now become even more contentious than the House-i…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 10, 2003

Columbia, S.C.-For political reporters, Democratic operatives and activists, and political junkies of all persuasions, this past weekend's South Carolina Democratic Party State Convention, accompanied by the first debate for Democrats running for the 2004 presidential nomination, was a long-overdue fix after months in which foreign policy and war have dominated the news. Whether it was the annual…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 3, 2003

Not long ago, someone asked me why the House and Senate are so very different. The easy answer is that their rules, cultures, and traditions have created vastly different dynamics. That doesn't explain all of the contrast, though. There's an old story in which a House leader tells a younger colleague, ‘The other party is the opposition; the Senate is the enemy." That tale probably came to many mi…

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Time for a Special Prosecutor

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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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The 2016 Political Environment

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