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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 13, 2017

Elec­tions are like fin­ger­prints; each has its own unique cir­cum­stances and dy­nam­ics. Some­times there are close sim­il­ar­it­ies, but elec­tions are nev­er identic­al. Pat­terns emerge, but it is nev­er a sure bet that they will hold from one elec­tion to the next.

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 10, 2017

Reg­u­lar read­ers of this column can prob­ably guess that I am fairly skep­tic­al about the suc­cess of Don­ald Trump’s up­com­ing pres­id­ency, but that doesn’t stop me from giv­ing him a huzzah for call­ing out House Re­pub­lic­ans for their at­tempt to gut the Of­fice of Con­gres­sion­al Eth­ics. In a closed-door meet­ing of the House GOP Con­fer­ence, both Speak­er Paul Ry­an and...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 6, 2017

Pri­or to the Novem­ber elec­tion, there was con­sid­er­able talk about how the Re­pub­lic­an Party would need to put it­self back to­geth­er after Don­ald Trump’s ex­pec­ted pres­id­en­tial loss. Now it’s the Demo­crats who have to fig­ure out a strategy for the post-Obama and post-Clin­ton era. But they don’t seem much in­ter­ested in in­tro­spec­tion, which is sur­pris­ing con­sid­er­ing...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 3, 2017

Some things in polit­ics are hard to re­con­cile. Since Don­ald Trump’s elec­tion last month, eco­nom­ic op­tim­ism has skyrock­eted. The Con­fer­ence Board re­por­ted earli­er this week that its Decem­ber Con­sumer Con­fid­ence Sur­vey hit its highest levels since Au­gust 2001, and that while feel­ings about the cur­rent eco­nomy de­clined slightly, ex­pect­a­tions for the eco­nomy over the...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, December 30, 2016

The Novem­ber elec­tions pit­ted Demo­crats against Re­pub­lic­ans, con­ser­vat­ives against lib­er­als, Trump-style pop­u­lists and tea parti­ers against the es­tab­lish­ment and con­ven­tion­al politi­cians.

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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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A Presidency Headed in the Wrong Direction

March 28, 2017

Nobody knows where this nas­cent Don­ald Trump pres­id­ency is go­ing. New ad­min­is­tra­tions start off with an in­fin­ite num­ber of po­ten­tial tra­ject­or­ies, but this one is even more un­pre­dict­able than oth­ers. Trump could still turn out to be a suc­cess­ful pres­id­ent. As an Amer­ic­an, I cer­tainly hope he will. But today at least, it looks more like a “death by a thou­sand cuts.”

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