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National Politics|By Amy Walter, September 12, 2013

As the GOP leadership in the House struggles to unite its fractious members around a deal to avoid a government shutdown or a default on the nation’s debt, polling from Pew out this week shows why that may be harder than ever.Tea Party Republicans, Pew found, are much more disillusioned with their party leadership than they have been since they came to D.C. in 2011."The job rating of GOP leaders a…

National Politics|By Amy Walter, September 6, 2013

With so many Republicans apparently committed to voting against a military strike against Syria, the Obama Administration will be forced to rely on Democrats, including liberals, to win the vote in Congress. From an ideological perspective it looks odd, but members of Congress lining up to support the president of their party - or against the president of the other party - on military action is…

National Politics|By Amy Walter, September 4, 2013

Before Syria took center stage this weekend, the media attention on Congress had been focused on what Members learned while home for August recess. Given the large number of important issues Congress will have to confront this fall – immigration, health care, the debt ceiling, sequestration, etc. – it would make sense to hear what regular Americans have been telling their local representatives abo…

National Politics|By Amy Walter, August 21, 2013

When people find out what I do for a living, the first question they inevitably ask is "Is Hillary running?" When I answer that I think she will, the follow up is almost always: "Will anyone run against her?" My answer is, of course. Why wouldn't they?My view is not necessarily conventional wisdom in DC. Talk among the chattering class here is that she'll have a glide path to the nomination. It's…

National Politics|By Amy Walter, August 16, 2013

It's no fun being an incumbent these days. There's the gridlock. The partisanship. The fact that Americans think more highly of athlete's foot than they do a Member of Congress. In fact, a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that almost two-thirds of Americans would, if they could, vote to defeat and replace every single member of Congress, including their own representative.To be sure, gerr…

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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