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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, August 23, 2013

It's difficult to understand why any Republicans on Capitol Hill would like their odds in any kind of budget showdown this fall that could result in a government shutdown. Very simply, they would be going into a game with an incredibly weak hand, and their odds of winning would be quite small.Think of it this way: Yes, the public holds Democrats on Capitol Hill in, as they say, minimum high regard…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, August 15, 2013

By the end of a presidential campaign year, I'm sure I'm not the only political junkie who finally hits a saturation point and is very glad it's over. While no one actually lives and breathes politics 24/7, or even every waking hour, for those totally immersed in that world, you do eventually hit the wall and don't even want to think about it anymore.But as predictable as that tipping point is for…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, August 4, 2013

One difference between professional athletes and fans, and between coaches and cheerleaders, is that while all of them see opportunities for their teams, the athletes and coaches are more likely to also see, and at least privately acknowledge, potential pitfalls. The 2014 Senate races, which are really a fight over who will hold the majority in the chamber, provide plenty of pitfalls for political…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, August 1, 2013

As I mull over the 2014 midterm elections, I have been thinking along two lines. First, is this going to be a “micro-election,” a Tip O’Neill-style “all politics is local” election? Or will this be more of a “macro-election,” a wave election that pushes forward the candidates of one party and pulls down the other party’s candidates? If it’s a wave election, which party will be the beneficiary…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 29, 2013

It's hard to be optimistic about the prospects for comprehensive immigration reform when you talk to House Republicans. My conversations suggest that if anything passes the House, it will most likely be small, bite-sized morsels of largely noncontroversial ideas—lowest-common-denominator items that bear little resemblance to the sweeping immigration measure that passed the Senate on June 27.I rece…

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