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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 11, 2017

House Re­pub­lic­ans were caught on the horns of a di­lemma. If they didn’t pass a bill that ef­fect­ively re­pealed and re­placed Obama­care, they would either look in­ef­fec­tu­al or in de­fi­ance of their con­ser­vat­ive base. But to pass a bill with no Demo­crat­ic sup­port in a nar­rowly di­vided House, they would need sup­port of the vast ma­jor­ity of the con­ser­vat­ive Free­dom Caucus,...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 9, 2017

Fin­ish­ing Amie Parnes and Jonath­an Al­len’s en­gross­ing book, Shattered: In­side Hil­lary Clin­ton’s Doomed Cam­paign, listen­ing to Clin­ton of­fer­ing her per­spect­ive on why she lost to CNN’s Chris­ti­ane Aman­pour, and watch­ing FBI Dir­ect­or James Comey testi­fy be­fore the Sen­ate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee in the same week leaves a de­cidedly mixed view of the last elec­tion.

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 5, 2017

The bit­ter par­tis­an­ship that has en­vel­oped Cap­it­ol Hill, the White House, Wash­ing­ton, and the coun­try is deeply troub­ling, and it’s get­ting worse. Today, col­legi­al­ity and co­oper­a­tion between the parties is more the ex­cep­tion than the rule. An ex­ample of the ex­cep­tion was the un­veil­ing last week of the por­trait of former House En­ergy and Com­merce Com­mit­tee...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 2, 2017

In Texas, when people talk loudly and prom­ise a lot but de­liv­er little, they are said to be “all hat and no cattle.” On the eve of Pres­id­ent Trump’s first 100 days, that’s a pretty apt de­scrip­tion of his first few months in of­fice. The first-100-day yard­stick may be ar­ti­fi­cial and ar­bit­rary, but his cor­ral is pretty empty, at least le­gis­lat­ively. Al­though a little over two...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, April 27, 2017

It is ab­so­lutely true that there is noth­ing spe­cial about a new pres­id­ent’s first 100 days. It is an ar­bit­rary and ar­ti­fi­cial con­struct, a met­ric set up long ago that is now co­di­fied, like mara­thons be­ing 26.2 miles. Just as Kim Kar­dashi­an is fam­ous for be­ing fam­ous, the first 100 days is im­port­ant be­cause it is im­port­ant. NPR seni­or ed­it­or and long­time...

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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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Authenticity Is Key to Democratic Chances

July 21, 2017

Some on the left say the Democrats’ path to a House majority next year is to nominate passionate liberals who can tap into the energy and excitement that Bernie Sanders generated last year. Moderates say the path is down the middle, nominating pragmatists whom swing voters won’t find threatening. Still others suggest that Democrats nominate veterans, women, and other nonpoliticians who can tap...

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