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National Politics|By Amy Walter, August 6, 2014

New polling from NBC/Wall Street Journal shows a public still struggling to regain its economic footing six years after the financial meltdown of 2008. Americans’ real economic distress is one reason why President Obama is not getting credit for a steadily dropping unemployment rate and improved economic growth. The other reason a (slowly) growing economy isn’t boosting Obama’s numbers is more...

National Politics|By Amy Walter, July 30, 2014

There’s a certain irony in political operatives bemoaning the crass political strategy laid out in - what was supposed to be – a private internal campaign strategy memo for Georgia Senate candidate Michelle Nunn. Anyone who has ever worked for or with a campaign has either written or read a memo like this one: a memo that made frank assessments of the strengths and weaknesses of one’s own...

National Politics|By Amy Walter, July 24, 2014

Given the horrible set of events unfolding overseas, it’s understandable that Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State is getting lots of attention. If she runs in 2016, we should expect to see attack ads featuring her handing the “reset” button to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. However, while foreign policy is in on the front burner today, the bigger challenge for Hillary...

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...

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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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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