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National Politics|By Amy Walter, February 24, 2017

There are a few different ways to look at President Donald Trump’s job approval ratings. They are the lowest of any first term president at this point in his administration. They are 10-15 points lower than those of President Obama when he left office. They about the same as where President Obama’s were in the fall of 2010 when his party was crushed in the midterm election.

National Politics|By Amy Walter, February 15, 2017

President Trump, as we know, is more transactional than ideological. He campaigned as the guy who could make the “best deals” – whether it’s free trade or the cost of concrete for the new border wall – without the pressure having to stay within the bounds of traditional republican orthodoxy. Forget about the “old way” of doing business, Trump was going to come to DC and rewrite the whole...

National Politics|By Amy Walter, February 8, 2017

There’s been lots of uncertainty and confusion in these first three weeks of the Trump Administration. But one thing is quite clear: Trump is going to run his White House like he ran his campaign. That means a chaotic and conflict driven management style run by Trump’s gut instincts and a small group of advisors (many of whom are pitted against one another). It also means a reliance on issues...

House Overview|By Amy Walter, February 2, 2017

One of the biggest questions this year (and perhaps the next four) is which branch of the GOP is running things in Washington? Is it the White House with its unpredictable and unorthodox priority list? Or is it the GOP-controlled Congress pursuing a more traditional GOP agenda under known rules and procedures?

National Politics|By Amy Walter, January 24, 2017

Since the November election, barrels of ink and millions of pixels have been spilled over the plight of the news media in the age of Trump. Among the many disruptions journalism has faced over the last 20 years, we can now add “fake news” and “alternative truth.” But, the role of journalists hasn’t changed. It’s pretty simple actually: help Americans make sense of a complicated world as fairly...

Amy Walter, National Editor

Amy Walter is the Cook Political Report's National Editor. In her weekly column, Walter provides analysis of the issues, trends, and events that shape the national political environment.
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The 2016 Political Environment

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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