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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 23, 2014

With the midterm elections less than six months away, it's a good time to take stock of things and even venture a few assumptions. But first, we need to acknowledge that when we talk about public attitudes, we are talking about human behavior and unexpected national events, which can cause close races to tip one way or the other, or to make less competitive contests even more so. Having said...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 17, 2014

The dust from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s shocking upset primary loss in Virginia’s 7th District is starting to settle. However, the whole chain of events—culminating in what looks to be Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy’s elevation to the No. 2 job slot—is still Topic A in Washington.Although Cantor’s defeat is a difficult surprise to top, the inability of the more-doctrinaire conservatives...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 13, 2014

A virtual cottage industry has developed from journalists who do little else but cover—or perhaps the better term is obsess over—Hillary Clinton.Every week there seem to be hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of words written about her, particularly as she kicks off her new book tour Tuesday. Considering that she is not president of the United States and no election for the job will be held...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 10, 2014

Over the last few weeks, it has been hard to watch six-term Sen. Thad Cochran fight for political survival in Mississippi's Republican primary without thinking of some of the lyrics from Kenny Rogers's song "The Gambler." In the second stanza, we hear an old-timer say, "Son, I've made a life out of readin' people's faces, knowin' what the cards were by the way they held their eyes. So if you...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 6, 2014

"Where you stand depends on where you sit." It is an age-old expression that I've heard a thousand times and often found quite relevant. Intelligent and honest people can be looking at the same question, but through different lenses, and thus see different things. Sadly, though, in today's culture, rarely can there be a reasonable difference of opinion. Anyone holding an alternative view is...

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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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