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From the award-winning opinion pages of The Wall Street Journal, Paul Gigot, Kim Strassel, Bill McGurn and Kyle Peterson discuss the latest from Washington. Get critical perspective and the analysis you need on developments from the nation’s capital. Join them every weekday. Send your feedback to pwpodcast@wsj.com

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From the award-winning opinion pages of The Wall Street Journal, Paul Gigot, Kim Strassel, Bill McGurn and Kyle Peterson discuss the latest from Washington. Get critical perspective and the analysis you need on developments from the nation’s capital. Join them every weekday. Send your feedback to pwpodcast@wsj.com

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Nikki Haley Says She's Voting for Donald Trump

5/23/2024
After a primary season in which Donald Trump and NIkki Haley traded sharp barbs, Ms. Haley now states that she will be voting for the former President in November. Is she bidding to be a player in the veepstakes, or is it more about her future in the GOP? Plus, the witness list in Hunter Biden's felony gun trial comes to light, and Joe Biden appears to be using the U.S. Treasury as a way to secure votes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:27:57

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Prosecutors Rest Their Case in Trump's Hush-Money Trial

5/22/2024
After testimony by Michael Cohen and a brief defense by Donald Trump's legal team, the New York trial nears its conclusion, with closing arguments and jury deliberation expected next week. Has Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg proved his case and provided enough evidence to convict, particularly given that these 34 bookkeeping felonies also require a second crime? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:25:05

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Biden Says Trying to Arrest Israel's Leaders Is 'Outrageous'

5/21/2024
The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court applies for war-crimes warrants against three Hamas leaders, as well as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his defense chief. Joe Biden condemns the ICC's move, saying there's no equivalence between Hamas and Israel. But does the U.S. have the tools to back up the President's words and hit back at the ICC? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:25:11

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Another Attack on Justice Samuel Alito from the Left

5/20/2024
The New York Times reported that an inverted American flag briefly flown outside the house of Justice Samuel Alito suggests support for the ‘stop the steal’ movement led by Donald Trump, the latest hit in a campaign against the conservatives on the Supreme Court. But how does a dispute between neighbors translate into judicial recusal? Plus, a new report from the Harvard Jewish Alumni Alliance exposes the dangerous levels of antisemitism on the Ivy League campus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:27:59

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The CFPB Wins 7-2 at the Supreme Court

5/17/2024
Justice Clarence Thomas writes that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's power to draw its funding from the Federal Reserve doesn't violate the Constitution, a question that splits the Court's conservatives. Plus, Joe Biden invokes executive privilege to shield audio recordings of his interview with special counsel Robert Hur in the inquiry into his mishandling of classified files. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:25:42

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An Unusual Presidential Debate Calendar Fit for an Unusual Election

5/16/2024
With requests for no audience members, hypothetical mic muting and a contest coming before the RNC and DNC nominating conventions, the debates between Donald Trump and Joe Biden are heading down an unprecedented road. So why did both candidates agree to such an unorthodox plan and bypass the traditional Commission on Presidential Debates? Plus, the Biden campaign faces the reality of trailing Donald Trump in five out of six battleground states. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:25:46

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The Climate Trade War / Trump and Biden Agree to Debate

5/15/2024
Joe Biden raises tariffs on Chinese steel, solar cells and electric vehicles, but is this the right way to take on Beijing, or is the President using it as political cover for his green agenda? Plus, after weeks of Donald Trump demanding early presidential debates, Biden agrees to two of them, possibly starting as soon as next month, though he makes some interesting stipulations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:29:00

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Michael Cohen Takes the Stand Against Donald Trump

5/14/2024
The star witness in the New York hush-money trial finally testifies, saying Donald Trump's main concern about the Stormy Daniels story was how voters would react in the days before the 2016 election. But is Cohen a credible witness, and can he testify to the "second crime" that prosecutors need? Plus, voters go to the polls to pick Senate nominees in Maryland and West Virginia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:27:56

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U.S.-Israel Tensions Rise Over Rafah

5/13/2024
President Biden's threat to withhold weapons from Israel if it stages a large operation to clear Hamas from the city of Rafah in Gaza has shocked Israel and is causing a political backlash in the U.S., including among some Democrats. Will Israel go ahead anyway, and should it? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:24:39

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Donald Trump's Casting Call for Vice President

5/10/2024
Tim Scott, Doug Burgum, J.D. Vance, Marco Rubio and more big names visited Mar-a-Lago recently for a Republican retreat, as Donald Trump fans speculation of whom he might name as his 2024 running mate. What would each bring to the ticket? Plus, one name falling in the veepstakes is Kristi Noem, after she tells a story in her new book about shooting her hunting dog. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:28:00

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Joe Biden Withholds Weapons From Israel During a War

5/9/2024
The President reverses his policy that Hamas must be destroyed as he threatens Israel with an arms embargo if the Israeli Defense Forces enter Rafah in Gaza. Plus, House Speaker Mike Johnson defeats an effort to depose him. Is this the end of GOP dysfunction, or merely a pause? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:22:11

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Stormy Daniels Testifies at Donald Trump’s Hush-Money Trial

5/8/2024
Taking the witness stand in New York, she offers a detailed account of their alleged tryst in 2006, but did prosecutors go too far in eliciting salacious details that are irrelevant to this case about business bookkeeping? Plus, Trump is found in contempt again for breaking the court's gag order, as Judge Juan Merchan insists he does not want to order jail time but will do so if needed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:27:52

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Israel Moves On Rafah / Joe Biden's Antisemitism Speech

5/7/2024
After crossing into Hamas's last bastion, Israeli troops take control of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt. Meantime, Hamas says it had accepted a cease-fire deal, but why was that deemed insufficient by Israel, and what is the status of negotiations for the return of hostages? Plus, Joe Biden condemns antisemitism in a Holocaust remembrance address, as campus protests continue. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:25:42

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Stephen Kotkin on the Present and Future of Russia and the West

5/6/2024
What will become of Russia after Vladimir Putin, and what is the endgame for the war in Ukraine? Paul Gigot speaks with historian Stephen Kotkin about how the United States would handle Russia once a successor to Putin is in place, the role the Biden administration will continue to play as the war between Ukraine and Russia continues, and how much Russia is dependent on China in order to survive. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:31:44

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Inside the Donald Trump Trial Courtroom

5/3/2024
The third week of Donald Trump’s hush-money trial in New York included testimony from his former aide Hope Hicks and audio tapes secretly made by Michael Cohen. What are the defense and the prosecution each doing, and what's the atmosphere inside the courtroom? Kyle Peterson shares his experience observing the proceedings and discusses what's yet to come. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:27:29

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Joe Biden Addresses the Violent Demonstrations on Campus

5/2/2024
Joe Biden made remarks that acknowledged the right to protest peacefully, adding that there is no place for violence or the disruption of classes at college campuses. But is there a bigger issue of the radicalization of young people at play? Plus, Jerome Powell says he doesn’t see the ‘stag’ or the ‘flation’ when it comes to the economy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:26:12

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Marjorie Taylor Greene's Speaker Plot / The NYPD Reclaims Columbia

5/1/2024
A vote to oust House Speaker Mike Johnson is coming next week, Marjorie Taylor Greene promises. But will it backfire, now that Democrats say they'll help to table her motion? Plus, the New York Police Department takes back the Columbia University building that was occupied by anti-Israel protesters, with Mayor Eric Adams saying outside agitators had infiltrated the campus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:26:44

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Protesters Occupy Columbia / Trump Held in Contempt

4/30/2024
Anti-Israel protesters at Columbia University escalate by seizing an academic building in the middle of the night and barricading themselves inside. What should President Minouche Shafik do now, and where are the school's trustees in what has quickly turned into an institutional crisis for Columbia? Plus, New York Judge Juan Merchan holds Donald Trump in contempt and fines him $9,000 for violating a gag order by attacking the jury and witnesses in the New York hush-money trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:26:45

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Trump Goes After RFK Jr. While Joe Biden Roasts Trump

4/29/2024
Donald Trump has increased his criticism of third-party presidential candidate RFK Jr. as a man of the left. Could the heir to the Kennedy name be a bigger threat to Trump than to Joe Biden? Plus, Biden says he's willing to debate Trump as he roasts the former President in front of a friendly press corps, and Trump tries to make peace with Ron DeSantis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:25:49

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What the Donald Trump Jury Has Heard So Far

4/26/2024
As the New York hush-money trial ends its first week of testimony, why are Alvin Bragg's prosecutors talking about "conspiracy" and "election fraud," considering Trump is charged with neither? Plus, the court hears testimony from former National Enquirer publisher David Pecker, and listeners weigh in on the widening anti-Israel protests on college campuses, including Columbia University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:27:50