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WSJ Opinion: Potomac Watch

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

The Case for Letting Congress Trade Stocks

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House Democrats unveil a bill to ban Congress and other federal officials from trading individual stocks, but would it also deter good people from running for public office or accepting presidential appointments? Plus, as Joe Biden trims his student-loan forgiveness plan to avoid another lawsuit, is he tacitly admitting that he's exceeding his legal authority?

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Sep 30 2022

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Another Billion-Dollar Military Aid Package for Ukraine

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While the world refuses to recognize Russia's annexation of four regions of Ukraine, the U.S. pledges $1.1 billion in additional military aid. But how long will it take for these weapons and other supplies to arrive? Plus, the panel discusses the political and climate implications of Hurricane Ian, the possible sabotage of the Nord Stream pipeline, and answers a listener's email about student-loan forgiveness. 

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Sep 29 2022

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Joe Manchin Pulls His Permitting Reform

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With a government shutdown looming, Sen. Joe Manchin withdraws his permitting proposal, while Sen. Chuck Schumer blames Republican obstruction. But does Manchin have only himself to blame? Plus, a lawsuit against Joe Biden's plan for student-loan forgiveness might solve the legal standing problem for the President's critics.


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Sep 28 2022

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The House Passes Liz Cheney's Jan. 6 Bill

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Congress's process for counting the Electoral College has been broken for years, and this dysfunction helped produce the Jan. 6 riot. At long last, however, lawmakers might do something about it, as the House passes a bill to update the 1887 Electoral Count Act. How does this bill limit phony objections to election results? What does it say about the Vice President's role? And will the Senate get on board?

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Sep 27 2022

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Can Joe Manchin Save His Permitting Reforms?

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The West Virginia Senator's long-promised permitting bill will soon come to a vote, but he's struggling to find enough support to overcome a bipartisan filibuster. Why is he having so much trouble? Plus, Al Gore tries to engineer a coup against World Bank President David Malpass in the name of climate change. 

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Sep 26 2022

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N.Y. Attorney General Files Civil Lawsuit Against Trump and His Children

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N.Y. Attorney General Letitia James makes good on a campaign promise by filing a civil lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and three of his children for overestimating property size. Is politics overshadowing the rule of law? Plus a Democratic campaign finance bill is blocked by Senate Republicans over concern it’s an attempt to limit political speech. Plus, listener emails.

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Sep 23 2022

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Protests Break Out in Russia After Setbacks in Ukraine

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What's next after Putin calls up of as many as 300,000 reservists? Plus, the Federal Reserve and other central banks keep raising interest rates. Is a recession inevitable?


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Sep 22 2022

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Why Income Inequality Is Better Than Advertised

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On this episode of Potomac Watch, Paul Gigot sits down with economist and former Senator Phil Gramm about his new book The Myth of American Inequality, why government has failed to truly address the poverty problem in America, and why Republicans could learn from Democrats' understanding of "nitty-gritty" economic programs. 


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Sep 21 2022

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Joe Biden's Student Loan Forgiveness Backlash

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When Joe Biden announced his plan for forgiving student debt, Democrats thought they had a winning issue to run on in the November midterm elections. But Republicans are exposing problems with the plan and polls show Americans think it is unfair. Plus, another Federal Reserve rate hike is on the horizon, but will it be enough? 

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Sep 20 2022

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Could a Gavin Newsom-Ron DeSantis Debate Actually Happen?

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has challenged Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to a debate, which could be a preview of the 2024 presidential election. Could DeSantis use the opportunity to show why he'd be a better candidate than Donald Trump? Plus, Joe Biden says the pandemic is over, and Sen. Joe Manchin's permitting deal could be in jeopardy.  

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Sep 19 2022

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Elena Kagan vs. John Roberts on Supreme Court Legitimacy

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Justice Elena Kagan echoes Democratic criticisms of the Supreme Court, saying that judges lose legitimacy if they become political. But isn't that the argument against Roe v. Wade in the first place? Meantime, Chief Justice John Roberts points to the Constitution and asks, if the Court can't legitimately interpret it, then who will?

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Sep 16 2022

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The Immigration War Between the States

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While Texas Governor Greg Abbott continues to send busloads of migrants to Democratic strongholds, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis flew another group of migrants into Martha's Vineyard. Is this purely a political stunt, or is it highlighting the problems of "sanctuary city" policies? Plus, the Biden administration makes a tentative deal to avert a railway strike that could have further damaged the economy.  

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Sep 15 2022

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Reading Lindsey Graham's 15-Week Abortion Bill

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By proposing legislation to ban abortion nationwide at 15 weeks, with exceptions, Sen. Lindsey Graham might think he is drawing a line that Republicans can defend. But didn't conservatives argue for years after Roe v. Wade that abortion is a state issue? And won't this let Democrats change the subject from their own unpopular abortion proposals? Plus, Democrats get the Senate opponent they wanted in New Hampshire, as retired General Don Bolduc wins the GOP nomination.

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Sep 14 2022

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Democrats Boost Another MAGA Republican

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New Hampshire's GOP Senate primary pits a mainstream candidate, Chuck Morse, against a retired general who has voiced conspiracy theories, Don Bolduc. So why are Democrats spending money to help Bolduc? Because they don't think he can beat Sen. Maggie Hassan. Plus, new figures show that consumer prices rose 8.3% year over year, which is not good news for Joe Biden. 

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Sep 13 2022

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A Breakthrough by Ukrainian Forces Against Russia

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Are the major gains by Ukrainian troops against Russia in northeastern Ukraine a turning point in the seventh-month war? Vladimir Putin faces difficult choices, and he's capable of anything, including the use of a tactical nuclear weapon. How would NATO respond?

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Sep 12 2022

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Queen Elizabeth II and Britain's New King Charles III

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As the United Kingdom mourns the loss of its seven-decade monarch, King Charles III pledges to follow in her footsteps. But can he rise to the occasion to become a unifying figure for the U.K. and the Commonwealth? Plus, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen goes to Michigan to defend President Biden’s economic record.

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Sep 09 2022

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Is the War Turning in Ukraine's Favor?

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To the surprise of many, Ukraine seems to be making gains after being at war with Russia for over six months. Could Vladimir Putin turn to more desperate measures in order to secure victory, including nuclear escalation? Plus, the U.S. pledges more financial and military aid to Ukraine, and leaders here and abroad try to come up with solutions to the worldwide energy crisis. 

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Sep 08 2022

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California Super Sizes Its Fast Food Regulation

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Governor Gavin Newsom signs a bill to create a state council that will oversee fast-food restaurants and might raise the minimum wage as high as $22 an hour. Could the unintended consequences include higher prices and restaurant closures? Plus, how does this fit into Newsom's rumored plans to run for President?

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Sep 07 2022

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The New British Prime Minister

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While Liz Truss takes over as prime minister of the United Kingdom, the country is facing economic woes and an energy crisis. Will she be able to deliver growth and make a success of Brexit, as was pledged by her predecessor, Boris Johnson? Plus, Europe could be in for a long winter as Russia indefinitely stops the Nord Stream 1 natural-gas pipeline.

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Sep 06 2022

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What Test Scores Say About School Covid Closures

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New results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, show the damage done by lockdowns and remote learning, but are public officials or teachers unions now admitting that they were wrong? Plus, listeners write in on Alaska's ranked-choice voting system, student loan forgiveness, and the erosion of trust in government.

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Sep 05 2022

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Paul Gigot where are you?

By Dixiestick - May 30 2020
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I listen to this when Paul Gigot is the host. Kyle Peterson is a nice guy but you need the first team.

Excellent

By Art5555555 - May 26 2020
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Excellent show with really smart reporters. Worthwhile podcast for those with interest in news!