WSJ Opinion: Potomac Watch

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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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Washington, DC

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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

Is the Fight Against Inflation Over?

2/2/2023
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell raises interest rates again, but markets cheer. Is the economy doing much better than expected, leaving open the possibility of escaping a recession? Plus, the College Board changes its African-American Studies AP course, vindicating Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis's criticism. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:21:37

Biden Meets McCarthy, as the Debt Ceiling Looms

2/1/2023
President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy sit down face to face to discuss spending, debt, and an impending U.S. default. What does each side want, and is real negotiation in the works? Plus, the Justice Department searches Biden’s vacation home in Rehoboth Beach to look for classified documents. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:24:04

Ukraine Wants F-16s / Who Really Pays the Income Tax?

1/31/2023
Joe Biden tells reporters that he won't be sending F-16 jet fighters to Ukraine, but the U.S. previously said the same thing about Abrams tanks, before the White House changed its mind under pressure from European allies. Plus, new IRS data says the top 1% of Americans pay 42% of the country's income taxes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:23:54

Calls for Police Reform After the Death of Tyre Nichols

1/30/2023
The release of the video showing the arrest and beating of Tyre Nichols, and the subsequent charges of second-degree murder for the five officers involved, have increased calls for police reform. Can the Senate finally put together a plan despite failing in the past? Plus, Donald Trump visits two primary states over the weekend as he runs for president again, but the reception was underwhelming. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:24:24

Ron DeSantis and the AP Curriculum Wars

1/27/2023
Florida rejects an Advanced Placement course on African-American Studies, which Gov. Ron DeSantis says is full of political indoctrination and Critical Race Theory, or CRT. Does he have a point about the College Board's class design, and is school choice a solution for a divided nation? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:22:43

GDP, The Fair Tax and Donald Trump's Return to Facebook

1/26/2023
The U.S. economy rose 2.9% in the last quarter, which seems like good news, but hints at a lack of sustainability below the surface. Plus, Kevin McCarthy signals he will not support a consumption tax favored by some in his party, and the political world braces for Donald Trump's return to Facebook. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:23:46

Under Pressure, Germany Finally Sends Tanks to Ukraine

1/25/2023
Germany is joining other European nations, as well as the United States, in sending more tanks to Ukraine to fight off a possible new offensive by Russia. So what took them so long to commit, and was the U.S. pledge for more aid the tipping point for German Chancellor Olaf Scholz? Plus, Mike Pence hands over classified documents found in his home, and a listener asks about the U.N.'s role in the Ukraine/Russia conflict. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:23:50

NATO's Debate on Giving Tanks to Ukraine

1/24/2023
With Russian troops expected to go on offense soon, some NATO allies want to provide Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, but Germany is saying no unless the U.S. also sends its Abrams tanks. What explains the German reluctance, and should President Biden agree to offer Ukraine some U.S. armor? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:22:26

Does Biden Still Have 'No Regrets' on Classified Documents?

1/23/2023
A Justice Department search of Joe Biden's home in Delaware finds another set of material with classification markings, as other Democrats begin to break from defending his actions. Plus, former Covid czar Jeff Zients could be the White House's next chief of staff, despite spending a career in business and not politics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:23:18

The Supreme Court Leaker Gets Away

1/20/2023
An internal investigation, including interviews with nearly 100 Supreme Court staff, has failed to discover who leaked the draft of Justice Samuel Alito's Dobbs abortion decision, while revealing how lax security protocols let it happen. Plus, the share of the workforce that's unionized drops to the lowest on record. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:26:08

Is the West Giving Ukraine Enough Aid to Win the War with Russia?

1/19/2023
The stakes are rising as the Ukraine war nears its first anniversary, and the West faces crucial decisions about how much military aid to provide and whether to let Ukraine expand its target to Russian territory. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:22:27

Britain's NHS Crisis Is a Warning for the U.S.

1/18/2023
Striking ambulance drivers and four-hour ER waits are prompting calls to reform Britain's National Health Service, as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak acknowledges that he has sometimes gone outside the system for his own medical care. Plus, China's population falls for the first time in decades, after its old one-child policy succeeded all too well. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:24:07

America's $31 Trillion Debt Limit Is Maxed Out

1/17/2023
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says the government will hit its borrowing ceiling this week, and House Republicans are already promising a fight over lifting it. But can Speaker Kevin McCarthy get President Biden to negotiate, since this is money Congress has already agreed to spend? And how much leverage does the GOP really have? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:21:06

A Special Counsel for Biden's Classified Documents

1/16/2023
Joe Biden and Donald Trump both now have special prosecutors investigating their handling of classified material. That puts Attorney General Merrick Garland in the middle of two highly political inquiries as the 2024 presidential race nears, but is this really in the country's best interest? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:20:48

Buttigieg's FAA Fiasco / Busybodies vs. Gas Stoves

1/13/2023
After an FAA failure cancels 1,900 flights, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg calls it a "glitch," but maybe these systems would be better if they weren't run by the government. Plus, a member of the Consumer Product Safety Commission raises the idea of banning gas stoves, prompting outrage from America's kitchens. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:20:44

Inflation Eases While Joe Biden Faces Another Document Debacle

1/12/2023
Joe Biden started his day by announcing U.S. inflation had slowed for the sixth straight month and touting other positive signs for the economy. But by mid-afternoon, Attorney General Merrick Garland had appointed a special counsel to investigate the mishandling of classified documents after another stash was discovered in the garage (next to the Corvette) at the President's private residence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:23:58

Classified Documents in Joe Biden's Closet

1/11/2023
Days before the November elections, about 10 documents marked as classified were discovered at a private office once used by Joe Biden. As the Justice Department investigates, how will this affect its inquiry into the classified material that the FBI seized from Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate? Plus, listeners react to Joe Biden's latest student loan forgiveness policy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:24:12

Biden's Other Student Loan Forgiveness Plan

1/10/2023
Joe Biden's proposal to erase $10,000 in student loans per person is on hold at the Supreme Court, but the Education Department is now moving to wipe out more debt via income-based repayment plans. Won't this give colleges an incentive to raise tuition and offer marginal degrees, and will these policies prove popular, or is there an economic and generational divide? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:22:45

Has Kevin McCarthy Been Empowered as Speaker, or Strait-Jacketed?

1/9/2023
The new House Speaker cut many deals with conservatives to get the job, but they could limit his ability to govern. One problem: Defense is teed up for budget cuts. Plus, Joe Biden finally visits the U.S.-Mexico border, but will any policy changes come of it? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:21:50

Joe Biden Plans a Trip to the U.S.-Mexico Border

1/6/2023
Amid political pressure and a pending Supreme Court case on Title 42, Joe Biden is going to El Paso and tweaking America's immigration policies, but will this be enough to stop the crisis at the border? Plus, Kevin McCarthy still isn't Speaker of the House after 13 ballots, but the momentum has turned his way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:21:14