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Chart of the Week|By Amy Walter, February 13, 2014

Many have suggested that Speaker Boehner's decision to allow a vote on a so-called "clean debt ceiling" was a tacit admission of defeat. Another reminder that his party has boxed him in politically. There is almost no issue on which the Speaker could get the support of 218 Republicans. Even getting the so-called "majority of the majority"--117 of the 234 member conference--is a Herculean...

National Politics|By Amy Walter, February 12, 2014

As the media landscape has become littered with millions of dollars of outside group attack ads, serious questions have been raised about their effectiveness. Instead of standing out, these ads are simply partisan background noise; a blur of cookie-cutter attacks that voters are starting to ignore. But, there is a silver lining here for candidates. With attack ads essentially outsourced...

National Politics|By Amy Walter, February 5, 2014

Not so long ago, Speaker John Boehner was the leader of an undisciplined, deeply divided majority that seemed bent on self-destruction. Now, just three months after the disastrous GOP-led government shutdown, Boehner looks like a man in control of his party and his own legislative destiny. He’s lashed out at outside groups who have been stirring up discontent within the...

National Politics|By Amy Walter, January 23, 2014

It should come as no surprise that lower-income voters are reliably Democratic. However, Democrats need to do more than just “win” these voters; they need to carry them by a significant margin in order to succeed at the ballot box.

National Politics|By Amy Walter, January 15, 2014

For years, conventional wisdom has held that as independent voters go, so goes an election. Win these coveted swing voters - the moderate middle - and you win the election. Recent high profile elections, however, have undermined this long-held aphorism.  Romney carried independent voters and lost both the popular vote and the electoral college. In Virginia, a quintessential swing state,...

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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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