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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, March 17, 2017

There are three dis­tinct­ive sea­sons in the bi­an­nu­al elec­tion cycle. The first is to fig­ure out what happened in the last elec­tion and why. The second is to re­cruit the strongest can­did­ates you can find. The third is the cam­paign it­self. The Re­pub­lic­an Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee’s autopsy of the 2012 elec­tion, un­der the dir­ec­tion of then-party chair­man Re­ince Priebus, was...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, March 15, 2017

In many ways, the chal­lenge fa­cing Re­pub­lic­ans in en­act­ing their Amer­ic­an Health Care Act looks pretty close to in­sur­mount­able. The most con­ser­vat­ive mem­bers of the House Re­pub­lic­an Con­fer­ence, as well as al­lied groups such as the Club for Growth, Freedom­Works, the Her­it­age Found­a­tion, and Breit­bart News, are de­rid­ing it as “Obama­care Lite” and a be­tray­al of...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, March 10, 2017

Pres­id­ent Trump is go­ing to miss Hil­lary Clin­ton. Last Novem­ber, both Trump and Clin­ton had en­thu­si­ast­ic sup­port­ers. But most voters cast neg­at­ive bal­lots against one or the oth­er. And some voters, called “double neg­at­ives” by poll­sters, dis­liked both of them so much that they picked what they saw as the less­er of two evils or threw their sup­port to Liber­tari­an Party...

National Politics |By Charlie Cook, March 7, 2017

This story was originally published on nationaljournal.com on March 3, 2017

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, March 3, 2017

Con­gres­sion­al Re­pub­lic­ans are now learn­ing to ap­pre­ci­ate how nice and simple life was when Barack Obama was pres­id­ent. They could at­tack, in­vest­ig­ate, and pass the buck, blam­ing him for any com­plaint con­stitu­ents might have. They could vote to re­peal Obama­care without of­fer­ing a re­place­ment. It was so easy that they did it 60 times. Few people even no­ticed, and they...

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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 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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