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Walter Shapiro

Walter Shapiro, who has covered the last nine presidential races, is a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU and is a lecturer in political science at Yale. His email is

waltershapiro@ymail.com

. And you can follow him on Twitter @waltershapiroPD.

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The speech was a snooze, but its significance lies in how it played with select groups Obama still cares about.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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Here are 11 sensible things to say about the far away race Read more

Money, Politics and Power

What the president should push for during his final 37 months in office—it's not what the conventional wisdom would have you believe.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power

The campaign books of Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are not designed to be read. They are written as fodder for cable TV news.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power

D.C. is filled with young, dizzying ambition. This Town wishes the old-timers knew better.   Read more

Books

Obama's good intentions post-Newtown haven't been enough to fix our gun problem. So what's next for gun-control legislation? Read more

Money, Politics and Power

No need to read further if your name is Hillary or Joe.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power