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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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English


Episodes

Who's on Donald Trump's Short List for Vice President?

2/21/2024
Trump suggests at a town hall that Tim Scott, Kristi Noem and Vivek Ramaswamy might be potential running mates, but who else is plausible? Plus, Joe Biden's age and fitness are debated again after another slight stumble on the Air Force One stairway, while thousands of Americans with student loans are getting an email from the President saying he is forgiving their debts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:27:25

Haley Digs In, as a Judge Tells Trump to Pay $355 Million

2/20/2024
Nikki Haley vows to stay in the 2024 GOP primary, though the polls say she's far behind in her home state of South Carolina. Plus, Donald Trump finally reacts to the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in a prison run by Vladimir Putin, while also decrying the $355 million civil fraud verdict against him issued by New York Judge Arthur Engoron. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:24:36

A Mysterious National-Security Threat Roils Washington

2/16/2024
Rep. Mike Turner, who leads the House Intelligence Committee, calls on the White House to release details on a classified threat, sparking speculation and a murky confirmation of a Russian anti-satellite weapon. Plus, Donald Trump's hush-money trial gets a court date, while Fani Willis is grilled about whether dating one of her prosecutors requires her disqualification. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:27:21

Ukraine Struggles as Its Weapons Supplies Shrink

2/15/2024
As the second anniversary of Russia's invasion nears, Jillian Melchior reports from Kyiv on the war. Jillian says Ukrainians are determined to fight on, but their situation will be dire if the U.S. Congress fails to send more air defenses, artillery shells and other arms for the country's self-defense. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:25:20

The CBO's Big Warning About America's Debt

2/14/2024
The Congressional Budget Office says the U.S. is set to add more than $20 trillion to the debt in the next decade, with interest payments surpassing spending on national defense. Plus, House Republicans impeach Alejandro Mayorkas, despite no prospect of Senate conviction, and the GOP loses a seat in Congress, as New Yorkers choose Tom Suozzi to replace George Santos. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:28:16

Will Speaker Johnson Block Aid to Ukraine and Israel?

2/13/2024
The Senate passes a $95 billion bill with aid for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, which also could pass the House, if Speaker Mike Johnson would permit a vote. But he's back to complaining that it doesn't address the U.S.-Mexico border, as Democrats sign a discharge petition to bypass him. Plus, New Yorkers vote on Tom Suozzi or Mazi Pilip to replace George Santos in Congress. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:24:37

Democrats Fret About Robert Hur's Report on Joe Biden's Memory

2/12/2024
The special counsel's report describing Joe Biden as a "well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory” means Democrats can't ignore the issue of the President's age and mental frailty. Will anyone step forward to urge him not to run again? Plus, Donald Trump riles U.S. allies by suggesting he might not help a NATO ally against Russian aggression. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:24:57

The Report on Biden's Classified Document Stash

2/9/2024
Special counsel Robert Hur finds evidence that Joe Biden "willfully retained and disclosed classified materials," but recommends no criminal charges, in part due to the President's memory lapses. Biden responds in a fiery press conference that raises more questions about his age. Plus, even the Supreme Court's liberal Justices sound skeptical about removing Donald Trump from the ballot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:30:21

Republican Dysfunction on Display in the House and Senate

2/8/2024
Senate Republicans defeated a border security bill they said they wanted, while House Republicans failed to pass a bill to help Israel fight Hamas and messed up the vote count as they tried to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Is this a failure of leadership, or the result of narrow majorities, or is Donald Trump's influence to blame? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:24:20

The Supreme Court's Two Big Trump Appeals

2/7/2024
Donald Trump is not immune from prosecution, a D.C. appeals court says, meaning his federal trial for trying to reverse the 2020 election might be back on the calendar. The ruling can be appealed to the Supreme Court, but do the Justices want to take it? Plus, the High Court will consider Colorado's decision to remove Trump from the ballot for "insurrection" under the 14th Amendment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:22:34

Trump and Haley in Nevada, as Biden Wins South Carolina

2/6/2024
Nevada is holding both a primary and a caucus this week, so will Donald Trump and Nikki Haley both try to claim victory? Meantime, Joe Biden sweeps South Carolina, but he declines a Super Bowl interview on CBS and gets confused about who's the president of France. Plus, listener questions on the argument by Texas that the border crisis is legally an "invasion." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:27:45

What's in the Senate Border Bill and Will It Pass?

2/5/2024
The Senate's bipartisan border security bill negotiated by Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford is the most restrictive in decades. How does it change current law, would it limit migration, and how are the politics playing out on the right and left? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:26:36

The Scuffle Between Texas and the Border Patrol

2/2/2024
Gov. Greg Abbott, citing a migrant "invasion," is installing concertina wire along the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass. But the Border Patrol keeps cutting the razor wire, and now the feds say they're completely being denied access to the border. Who will win this legal standoff? Plus, MAGA internet pundits and provocateurs say Taylor Swift is part of a secret plot to re-elect Joe Biden. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:27:38

The House GOP Passes a Tax Bill That Democrats Love

2/1/2024
The House passed what is being heralded as a bipartisan deal on business tax breaks and expanding the child tax credit. But why did Republicans decide to repeal part of their 2017 tax reform? Plus, the border-security talks run into more political opposition even before the details are released. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:22:50

Regulators Blocked a Merger. Then the Layoffs Began

1/31/2024
Amazon is a frequent target for Elizabeth Warren, among others, but after its acquisition of iRobot fell through, the Roomba maker said it was cutting its workforce by 31% and reducing R&D spending. Meantime, a judge stops a merger between JetBlue and Spirit Airlines, and Sen. Bernie Sanders demands that pharma CEOs testify before Congress to explain their pricing policies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:27:47

The GOP Push to Impeach Alejandro Mayorkas

1/30/2024
A House committee meets to consider impeachment articles against the Homeland Security Secretary for failures at the U.S.-Mexico border. But are these "high crimes and misdemeanors" that merit the first cabinet impeachment in nearly 150 years? Plus, Sen. James Lankford defends his coming border legislation, and the IRS leaker Charles Littlejohn gets five years in prison. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:27:06

How Will Joe Biden Respond to the Deadly Jordan Drone Attack?

1/29/2024
Three Americans were killed in a drone attack on a U.S. base in Jordan, and Joe Biden has promised a response. But will the target list include Iran, whose proxy militias have been attacking U.S. ships and bases? Plus, Israeli intelligence exposes a link between United Nations Relief and Works Agency employees and the Oct. 7 Hamas massacre. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:24:11

The GOP's Prospects for Retaking the Senate in 2024

1/26/2024
Senator Steve Daines, who's leading the Republican effort, sounds optimistic about the GOP's chances, with tossup races in Montana, Ohio and Arizona. But what if Republicans nominate candidates like Matt Rosendale and Kari Lake, both of whom have lost statewide races in the recent past? Plus, if Democrats hold the Senate, would they nuke the legislative filibuster? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:26:51

Joe Biden's Dilemma on Natural Gas Exports

1/25/2024
The White House is stalling efforts to export more American liquefied natural gas (LNG) to U.S. allies. Given that LNG development is good for the economy, as well as for weaning Europe off of Russian energy, is this a political mistake for Biden, little more than a gesture to climate activists, akin to the controversy that killed the Keystone XL Pipeline? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:24:44

Donald Trump Wins New Hampshire, But Nikki Haley Exposes His Weaknesses

1/24/2024
Donald Trump celebrated his win in the New Hampshire primary by again attacking Nikki Haley, while Haley stated her reasons for staying in the race, including Trump's record and age. Plus, Dean Phillips vows to continue his campaign for the Democratic nomination to prevent a Trump victory in November. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:30:06