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Author: 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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The International Court of Justice, part of the United Nations, issues a ruling that seemingly tells Israel to halt its operations in Rafah. But will this ruling carry any weight, and what about the Oct. 7 hostages still held by Hamas? Plus, the latest alleged scandal at the Supreme Court is that Justice Samuel Alito's vacation home flew a historical flag that dates to the Revolutionary War. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
After a primary season in which Donald Trump and NIkki Haley traded sharp barbs, Ms. Haley now states that she will be voting for the former President in November. Is she bidding to be a player in the veepstakes, or is it more about her future in the GOP? Plus, the witness list in Hunter Biden's felony gun trial comes to light, and Joe Biden appears to be using the U.S. Treasury as a way to secure votes.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
After testimony by Michael Cohen and a brief defense by Donald Trump's legal team, the New York trial nears its conclusion, with closing arguments and jury deliberation expected next week. Has Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg proved his case and provided enough evidence to convict, particularly given that these 34 bookkeeping felonies also require a second crime? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court applies for war-crimes warrants against three Hamas leaders, as well as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his defense chief. Joe Biden condemns the ICC's move, saying there's no equivalence between Hamas and Israel. But does the U.S. have the tools to back up the President's words and hit back at the ICC? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The New York Times reported that an inverted American flag briefly flown outside the house of Justice Samuel Alito suggests support for the ‘stop the steal’ movement led by Donald Trump, the latest hit in a campaign against the conservatives on the Supreme Court. But how does a dispute between neighbors translate into judicial recusal? Plus, a new report from the Harvard Jewish Alumni Alliance exposes the dangerous levels of antisemitism on the Ivy League campus.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Justice Clarence Thomas writes that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's power to draw its funding from the Federal Reserve doesn't violate the Constitution, a question that splits the Court's conservatives. Plus, Joe Biden invokes executive privilege to shield audio recordings of his interview with special counsel Robert Hur in the inquiry into his mishandling of classified files. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
With requests for no audience members, hypothetical mic muting and a contest coming before the RNC and DNC nominating conventions, the debates between Donald Trump and Joe Biden are heading down an unprecedented road.  So why did both candidates agree to such an unorthodox plan and bypass the traditional Commission on Presidential Debates? Plus, the Biden campaign faces the reality of trailing Donald Trump in five out of six battleground states. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Joe Biden raises tariffs on Chinese steel, solar cells and electric vehicles, but is this the right way to take on Beijing, or is the President using it as political cover for his green agenda? Plus, after weeks of Donald Trump demanding early presidential debates, Biden agrees to two of them, possibly starting as soon as next month, though he makes some interesting stipulations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The star witness in the New York hush-money trial finally testifies, saying Donald Trump's main concern about the Stormy Daniels story was how voters would react in the days before the 2016 election. But is Cohen a credible witness, and can he testify to the "second crime" that prosecutors need? Plus, voters go to the polls to pick Senate nominees in Maryland and West Virginia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
President Biden's threat to withhold weapons from Israel if it stages a large operation to clear Hamas from the city of Rafah in Gaza has shocked Israel and is causing a political backlash in the U.S., including among some Democrats. Will Israel go ahead anyway, and should it? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tim Scott, Doug Burgum, J.D. Vance, Marco Rubio and more big names visited Mar-a-Lago recently for a Republican retreat, as Donald Trump fans speculation of whom he might name as his 2024 running mate. What would each bring to the ticket? Plus, one name falling in the veepstakes is Kristi Noem, after she tells a story in her new book about shooting her hunting dog. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The President reverses his policy that Hamas must be destroyed as he threatens Israel with an arms embargo if the Israeli Defense Forces enter Rafah in Gaza. Plus, House Speaker Mike Johnson defeats an effort to depose him. Is this the end of GOP dysfunction, or merely a pause? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Taking the witness stand in New York, she offers a detailed account of their alleged tryst in 2006, but did prosecutors go too far in eliciting salacious details that are irrelevant to this case about business bookkeeping? Plus, Trump is found in contempt again for breaking the court's gag order, as Judge Juan Merchan insists he does not want to order jail time but will do so if needed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
After crossing into Hamas's last bastion, Israeli troops take control of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt. Meantime, Hamas says it had accepted a cease-fire deal, but why was that deemed insufficient by Israel, and what is the status of negotiations for the return of hostages? Plus, Joe Biden condemns antisemitism in a Holocaust remembrance address, as campus protests continue. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What will become of Russia after Vladimir Putin, and what is the endgame for the war in Ukraine? Paul Gigot speaks with historian Stephen Kotkin about how the United States would handle Russia once a successor to Putin is in place, the role the Biden administration will continue to play as the war between Ukraine and Russia continues, and how much Russia is dependent on China in order to survive. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The third week of Donald Trump’s hush-money trial in New York included testimony from his former aide Hope Hicks and audio tapes secretly made by Michael Cohen. What are the defense and the prosecution each doing, and what's the atmosphere inside the courtroom? Kyle Peterson shares his experience observing the proceedings and discusses what's yet to come. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Joe Biden made remarks that acknowledged the right to protest peacefully, adding that there is no place for violence or the disruption of classes at college campuses. But is there a bigger issue of the radicalization of young people at play? Plus, Jerome Powell says he doesn’t see the ‘stag’ or the ‘flation’ when it comes to the economy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A vote to oust House Speaker Mike Johnson is coming next week, Marjorie Taylor Greene promises. But will it backfire, now that Democrats say they'll help to table her motion? Plus, the New York Police Department takes back the Columbia University building that was occupied by anti-Israel protesters, with Mayor Eric Adams saying outside agitators had infiltrated the campus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Anti-Israel protesters at Columbia University escalate by seizing an academic building in the middle of the night and barricading themselves inside. What should President Minouche Shafik do now, and where are the school's trustees in what has quickly turned into an institutional crisis for Columbia? Plus, New York Judge Juan Merchan holds Donald Trump in contempt and fines him $9,000 for violating a gag order by attacking the jury and witnesses in the New York hush-money trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Donald Trump has increased his criticism of third-party presidential candidate RFK Jr. as a man of the left. Could the heir to the Kennedy name be a bigger threat to Trump than to Joe Biden? Plus, Biden says he's willing to debate Trump as he roasts the former President in front of a friendly press corps, and Trump tries to make peace with Ron DeSantis.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Comments (52)

Vorec6:17

Biden's "brave" visit to Ukraine is courage virtue signaling of strength. Unfortunately everyone can see through the signal to the fact of all his acts of weakness over the last two years.

Feb 23rd
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Jr. Kruger

Zoe Thomas, Zoe Thomas, Zoe Thomas, Zoe Thomas!

Aug 16th
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Taghizadeh MOHAMMADTAGHI

dsdssds

Jun 25th
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Abdikadirm Farah

ILOVE all ask.yhsnks.

Sep 18th
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Gabriella Arroyo

this woman's voice is hurting my ears

Sep 12th
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Bhisham Mansukhani

the comments by the speakers here are sickening where there isn't a single word of acknowlegement for the women in Texas who will suffer. tone deaf idiots.

Sep 6th
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Gabriella Arroyo

this episode is grossly negligent. you're not going to talk about the fact that bezos' "income" is less than 6 figures?

Jun 15th
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Sabine Schnittger

PW is normally good, but I'd call this episode very one-sided and almost blinkered.

Jan 13th
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Marilyn Teague

As usual, taking up for the President. Kim saying it's the democrats fault. Obama? DACA? Trump insited a Resurrection!! Do you understand or care? I can't stand this show.

Jan 8th
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Marilyn Teague

If all the people you talk to don't want the stimulus check or need it they can donate it to a food pantry. LOTS of people need this money. Obviously, not people you talk to.

Dec 23rd
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Steve C

your uk ad for adp says 90 p... it should be pence vs p

Nov 28th
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Ken Feindt

if only the Opinion page of WSJ read the news side of the WSJ so that this Hunter Biden "conspiracy" would be debunked. Maybe this is good for Fox News appearances but as news what a joke. I have been looking for podcasts to hear legitimate discussions from the right but this podcast is not it. Un-subscribing based on this poor and fake reporting.

Oct 24th
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Ken Feindt

Did wall street journal forget Trump backed out of the 2nd debate?

Oct 17th
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Ken Feindt

Kim doesn't think Masks are effective..hahaha what a joke. I had no idea she is both a journalist and a doctor. Masks and distancing reduces the spread and allows economy to stay open. Excuses Excuses.

Oct 6th
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Ken Feindt

Totally gloss over the presidents handling and subsequent COVID-19 diagnosis...what a joke

Oct 2nd
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Ken Feindt

Talk about Gaslighting.. i remember when they were a respected journalist organization.

Sep 11th
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Syncopated Times

They have a fundamental misunderstanding of what the Postal Service is. It is not a business. The USPS is a constitutionally mandated service that the Federal government provides to citizens. For a mere 8 billion a year taxpayer subsidy the USPS adds over a trillion in GDP. They generate taxes 10 fold larger than what we put in. It was genius for the Founding Fathers to see how critical it would be to provide affordable mail service to citizens and a testament to its recent management that it is such a boon to taxpayers. The USPS didn't cost us $2.2 billion last quarter they generated about 18 billion while providing delivery of medication to home bound elderly people during a national emergency. The cost of a defunded post office to local commerce would be huge. Think of the menu from a local restaurant sent to a neighborhood, or a free magazine with local stories with ads for local businesses. The cost to free speech would be even larger. Without the Postal Service every remaining pr

Aug 15th
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Ken Feindt

Another episode mimicking Trump's talking points. Democratics want to keep the economy closed and keep kids out of schools. Studies in Israel and Georgia summer camps have shown the infectious rate in kids. Wouldn't it be great if we had a robust testing program lead by the Federal government or at least injecting kids with Lysol and UV light. I have kids in school and we are extremely concerned about bringing COVID-19 home its so easy to ignore CDC guidelines when it comes to teachers and kids health.

Aug 5th
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Ken Feindt

Love how the WSJ continue to just say It's only Trump's blustering about getting a substantial cut of the potential Tik Tok deal. Trump is nothing but bluster and when we see his taxes we will also see he is a tax cheat and worth well below his own inflated net worth.

Aug 4th
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Ken Feindt

No mention of Trump's 2 month delay on handling this outbreak. A pandemic has always been a known threat this administration looked the other way.

Mar 21st
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