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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 7, 2003

By its very nature and rules, Congress undergoes certain changes every two years at this point. But in some respects, given the relatively small number of retirees and incumbents losing re-election, fewer changes than normal are taking place as legislators and staff return to Capitol Hill this week. While veteran lawmakers like Republican Sens. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina and Jesse Helms of N…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 4, 2003

Here is a New Year's prediction: Heading toward the 2004 election, the word that Democrats will use most in attacking President Bush, his administration, and his re-election campaign will be "balance.…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 13, 2008

Considering how bleak Republicans' down-ballot prospects look, it is re-markable that they appear to have a 50-50 shot at holding on to the presidency. What makes this situation particularly unusual i…

Topline|By Charlie Cook, July 30, 2012

In the words of Mr. Charlie Cook, "If Obama is re-elected, it will be despite the economy and because of his campaign, if Romney wins, it will be because of the economy and despite his campaign. This economy is a ten-ton millstone around the President's neck but his campaign is superior, their messaging and delivery of a message is far superior to Romney's."There is no strong partisan tide…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, November 5, 2015

The Holy Grail in polit­ics is find­ing a can­did­ate who has the com­plete pack­age, the op­tim­al char­ac­ter­ist­ics to win a giv­en race. The list of re­quire­ments is daunt­ing. You want a can­did­ate who is bright and ar­tic­u­late but not eso­ter­ic, with re­lent­less fo­cus and dis­cip­line, es­pe­cially in stay­ing on-message. A com­pel­ling per­son­al story helps.

Charlie Cook

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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A Week That Could Revive Trump

May 25, 2017

Last week, it was the role of Rus­sia in the 2016 cam­paign that dom­in­ated the news; this week, with Pres­id­ent Trump on his first over­seas trip and largely stick­ing to his script, it’s more likely to be the sub­stant­ive chal­lenges fa­cing con­gres­sion­al Re­pub­lic­ans that will move to cen­ter stage in Wash­ing­ton.

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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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Learn more about Charlie and the history of The Cook Political Report through a recent hour-long episode of CSPAN's Q&A.

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