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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 18, 2014

A National Journal story headlined "Darrell Issa Subpoenas Top Obama Political Aide" caught my eye over the weekend. It seems that House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa wants to hear this week from David Simas, director of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach. In a letter to White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Issa expressed...

National Politics|By Amy Walter, July 16, 2014

Back in 2006, Democrats were happy to have Hillary Clinton on the trail with them, but freshman Senator Barack Obama was the real hot ticket as a Democratic surrogate. Fresh off his successful 2004 convention speech and Senate victory, he provided Democratic voters with a message they were hungry for. The top surrogate for Republicans that year wasn't Pres. George W. Bush, whose approval...

National Politics|By Amy Walter, July 10, 2014

Given that her book tour looked more like a campaign roll-out, it's hard to believe that Hillary Clinton will forgo a run in 2016. However, those close to the former Secretary of State continue to insist that her entry into the presidential race is not a foregone conclusion. Those we've talked with in Hillary's orbit give it a 70-80 percent chance that she jumps in. That there is some...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 17, 2014

The dust from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s shocking upset primary loss in Virginia’s 7th District is starting to settle. However, the whole chain of events—culminating in what looks to be Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy’s elevation to the No. 2 job slot—is still Topic A in Washington.Although Cantor’s defeat is a difficult surprise to top, the inability of the more-doctrinaire conservatives...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 13, 2014

A virtual cottage industry has developed from journalists who do little else but cover—or perhaps the better term is obsess over—Hillary Clinton.Every week there seem to be hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of words written about her, particularly as she kicks off her new book tour Tuesday. Considering that she is not president of the United States and no election for the job will be held...

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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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