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National Politics|By Amy Walter, February 6, 2013

To understand the peculiar politics of passing gun reform legislation, it’s important to understand the link between gun ownership and demography and the increasingly important role that demography plays in voting behavior. In 1994, the assault weapons ban passed the House 235-195, with 46 Republicans joining 188 Democrats in supporting it. That a bill limiting gun ownership would pass Congre…

National Politics|By Amy Walter, January 30, 2013

By now, just about everyone understands that Republicans have a problem with Hispanic voters. The bigger question now is if a bi-partisan immigration bill will be the cure. Republicans' low standing with Hispanic voters can't be blamed solely on talk of electrified border fences or "self-deportation" rhetoric. As GOP pollster Jan van Lohuizen wrote in December, Republicans’ "significant image…

National Politics|By Amy Walter, January 23, 2013

Of all the issues raised in President Obama’s inaugural speech, there was one noticeable omission: the state of the economy. The issue that defined the 2012 campaign – and remains the most important concern for most Americans – was only briefly touched in the President’s address on that chilly Monday afternoon. So, while debate and discussion over issues like gay rights, immigration, gun viole…

National Politics|By Amy Walter, January 17, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden is the most popular person in Washington these days. That’s right, the guy who spilled the beans on gay marriage and got caught telling a big bleep*%^ing swear word on national television is now being lauded by many in the DC for being the only real grown up in town. Where President Obama and Speaker John Boehner are no longer on speaking terms, Biden is the "McConnel…

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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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