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"If you read just three people analyzing American politics today, do yourself a favor and make certain that Rhodes Cook is one of them. Rhodes is one of the three wisest Americans now analyzing this country's politics. As somebody who writes on politics, I want my reader to have one of two reactions: 1) Gee, I never knew that or 2) Gee, I never thought of it that way! Every time I read Rhodes Cook I have both reactions--with some envy--Gee, I never knew that and Gee, I never thought of it that way." 

~ Mark Shields, Analyst on PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, panelist on "Inside Washington," Syndicated Columnist, Creators Syndicate.


Fleeing Congress

What is happening these days on Capitol Hill? Since the beginning of July, three House members have abruptly quit while another made a surprise announcement that he would not be running for reelection after all. No waiting around for the election for any of them; merely a simple and quick good bye.

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Southern Democrats: It's Happened Again

It is hard to escape the conclusion that Democrats in the South – on the skids for the last generation or two – have not hit bottom yet. For the second time in two election cycles, a state party in the region has a Senate nominee who it is embarrassed to embrace.

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Americans Elect to Stay with Two Options

About half of the presidential elections over the last half century have been impacted by a significant third party or independent candidate. This election is unlikely to be one of them.

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WI Recall: Process Aids Walker

At this point, the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election June 5 appears to be Republican incumbent Scott Walker’s to lose.

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Incumbents Beware

The 2012 congressional primary season is barely under way. But it is already a virtual certainty that the number of incumbent House casualties in this nominating season will be the highest in 20 years.

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