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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 20, 2014

I argued in a column last week that, despite the conventional wisdom that Hillary Clinton is certain to run for president in 2016, there's a decent chance—maybe 30 percent—that she won't. Obviously, that means there's still about a 70 percent chance that she will.The article's point was very deliberately not to make a case that she absolutely would or wouldn't run. My intention was purely to...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 18, 2014

At least every week now, there is a new story supporting the narrative of an inevitable 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential bid. Indeed, the conventional wisdom is that it is an absolute certainty that she will run. If anyone is currently saying, flat out, that Hillary isn't running, I haven't come across them. Is the inevitability of her run really as certain as the conventional wisdom...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 14, 2014

More than a few people are scratching their heads over what would seem to be a reversal by Speaker John Boehner on immigration. It’s been no secret that he has long wanted and thought it was important for the Republican Party to do something to address the immigration issue, and by extension, the GOP’s growing and pervasive problem with minority voters. It also matters that some elements of...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 11, 2014

We can only imagine the mood in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's office, or at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, on the day a front-page article in Politico screamed, "Democrats: Cede House to Save Senate." Having heard Pelosi arguing vigorously within the last three weeks—in private—that Democrats could still win a House majority this year, and pushing back hard against any...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 9, 2014

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza created something of a stir recently with his column headlined, “2014 Senate races may be a referendum on Obama; if so, Democrats should worry.”Cillizza (a former Cook Political Report staffer) linked to the Gallup Organization’s just-released aggregation of all of its 2013 polling data, with President Obama’s job-approval and disapproval numbers broken down...

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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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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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