WSJ Opinion: Potomac Watch

By Paul Gigot, The Wall Street Journal

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 Jul 28, 2020
narrow view of wide range of topics. represents status quo, rather than giving context

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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

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Another Billion-Dollar Military Aid Package for Ukraine
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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 29, 2022
Joe Manchin Pulls His Permitting Reform
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 28, 2022
The House Passes Liz Cheney's Jan. 6 Bill
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? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 27, 2022
Can Joe Manchin Save His Permitting Reforms?
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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 26, 2022
N.Y. Attorney General Files Civil Lawsuit Against Trump and His Children
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 23, 2022
Protests Break Out in Russia After Setbacks in Ukraine
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? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 22, 2022
Why Income Inequality Is Better Than Advertised
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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 21, 2022
Joe Biden's Student Loan Forgiveness Backlash
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?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 20, 2022
Could a Gavin Newsom-Ron DeSantis Debate Actually Happen?
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.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 19, 2022
Elena Kagan vs. John Roberts on Supreme Court Legitimacy
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? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 16, 2022
The Immigration War Between the States
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.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 15, 2022
Reading Lindsey Graham's 15-Week Abortion Bill
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 14, 2022
Democrats Boost Another MAGA Republican
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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 13, 2022
A Breakthrough by Ukrainian Forces Against Russia
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? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 12, 2022
Queen Elizabeth II and Britain's New King Charles III
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 09, 2022
Is the War Turning in Ukraine's Favor?
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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 08, 2022
California Super Sizes Its Fast Food Regulation
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? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 07, 2022
The New British Prime Minister
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 06, 2022
What Test Scores Say About School Covid Closures
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 05, 2022
Joe Biden's Speech on MAGA Republicans
During an address in Philadelphia, Biden says he is trying to stop an extreme force that threatens American democracy. But is this just political rhetoric, meant to insert Donald Trump into the November midterms? Plus, do the August jobs numbers show an overall economic turnaround, or is a recession still a possibility?   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 02, 2022
Which Party Has Momentum Heading Towards November's Election?
A new Wall Street Journal poll shows Democrats gaining ground as the fall campaign gets underway. What's behind the party's comeback, and what can Republicans do to counter it? Plus, Sarah Palin's defeat in an Alaska special election for the House highlights the impact of ranked-choice voting.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 01, 2022