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National Politics|By Amy Walter, July 25, 2016

Like a swimmer caught in a rip-tide, I need to stop fighting this election and start going with it. I have spent most of this year trying to explain why things aren’t working out the way they are “supposed” to work. Instead, I need to appreciate the fluid and unprecedented nature of this election. This doesn’t mean that I throw out all I know and have learned over the years about campaign and...

National Politics|By Amy Walter, July 20, 2016

It is day three of the RNC convention and I am struggling. The late nights and early mornings are taking their toll. I am no longer the young and flexible person I was at my first convention in 1992. 

National Politics|By Amy Walter, July 13, 2016

I have a complicated relationship with the vice presidential speculation phase of the presidential campaign.

National Politics|By Amy Walter, June 29, 2016

This has been a good spring/summer for President Obama. While both parties decry the state of the economy and terrorism shows no signs of abating every major poll out this month– NBC/Wall Street Journal, ABC/Washington Post, CNN, and Bloomberg – have pegged his approval ratings between 51-53 percent. The easiest explanation for his rise is that in comparison to the craziness going on in the...

National Politics|By Amy Walter, June 22, 2016

There’s no doubt that Donald J. Trump has had a bad few weeks. His party remains split over his nomination. He fired his campaign manager and his campaign has less money in the bank than some state Senate candidates.

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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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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