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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…

National Politics|By Amy Walter, August 9, 2013

National Republicans have launched the latest salvo in the gender gap wars. Using the Anthony Weiner/Bob Filner scandals as ammunition, Republican groups have been carpet-bombing my email box daily.”Will Hillary Clinton speak out against Mayor Filner and stand up for the women he has victimized?” demanded the GOP SuperPAC America Rising.“RE: Democrats War on Women” read a recent memo penned by the…

National Politics|By Amy Walter, July 29, 2013

I’m not naïve. I get that sex sells. I know the Anthony Weiner saga is buzzy and great for ratings. But, in the end, it’s terrible for those of us who love covering politics, and for the institution of public service itself. Weiner cheapens the thing that we are trying to convince Americans (and in some cases our bosses at news organizations), is so valuable: the role of government in American lif…

National Politics|By Amy Walter, July 24, 2013

Obama’s approval ratings are on a slide. Polls out this week from Pew, ABC/Washington Post, McClatchy/Marist and NBC/Wall Street Journal all show the president’s approval ratings lower than they’ve been all year, and in some cases lower than they’ve been since 2011. Polling taken this summer in key battleground states like Iowa, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Wisconsin, Florida and Ohio all…

National Politics|By Amy Walter, July 22, 2013

Although many have declared the prospect for immigration reform in the House DOA, one high-profile Republican organization, the American Action Network (AAN), sees a pathway – albeit a narrow one – for success. The key is to meet House members and GOP primary voters where they are, instead of trying to push them to where many think they should be.In other words, stop lecturing House members…

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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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