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Paul Gigot, The Wall Street Journal

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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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While visiting the U.S.-Mexico border on the same day, Biden and Trump each try to frame the immigration issue for the November election. Meantime, a federal judge blocks an effort by Texas to enforce its own immigration law. Plus, Congress manages to avert a government shutdown with short-term spending measures, as pressure rises on Speaker Mike J…
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The Supreme Court's decision to hear Donald Trump's appeal that he is immune from prosecution on election interference charges will push any trial close to the 2024 election or beyond. Why did the Justices take the case? Plus, Mitch McConnell says he'll step down from the Republican Senate leadership in November, leaving a legacy of remaking the fe…
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Donald Trump wins the GOP primary with two-thirds of the vote, while continuing to antagonize backers of Nikki Haley, who took 27%. Meantime, more than 100,000 Democrats cast ballots for "uncommitted," as Robert F. Kennedy Jr. nears ballot qualification in Georgia and Arizona. Plus, the Supreme Court debates whether the ATF can decree that "bump st…
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The Justices hear two challenges to laws in Texas and Florida that restrict how social-media sites may engage in "content moderation." Do these laws merely regulate Big Tech's conduct toward users? Or, as the industry group NetChoice argues, do websites like Facebook and Twitter have a First Amendment right to editorial control over the content tha…
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Trump easily beats Nikki Haley in the South Carolina primary, but many Haley voters say they won't vote for him in November. Will they change their minds in a race against Joe Biden? Plus, what's next for Haley, and could Michigan Democrats shock the Biden campaign in this week's primary by voting "uncommitted” to protest his Israel policy? Learn m…
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The impeachment inquiry of Joe Biden digs into business dealings by his family, as investigators interview his brother, James Biden, as well as Tony Bobulinski, a former associate of the President's son Hunter. Do Republicans have the evidence? Plus, the Supreme Court declines a case on racial admissions policies at Virginia's selective Thomas Jeff…
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Donald Trump recently compared his criminal indictments to the plight of Alexei Navalny, who died in a Russian prison. Nikki Haley and Joe Biden both criticized the remark, as the candidates spar over U.S. policy toward the Kremlin and Ukraine. Plus, the Hunter Biden special counsel indicts FBI informant Alexander Smirnov for lying about informatio…
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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 i…
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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 Arthu…
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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…
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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 megaph…
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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 rep…
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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 G…
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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. Le…
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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…
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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 t…
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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 "ins…
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