Opinion: Potomac Watch

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


5/22/2023 3:33:00 PM

Tim Scott Enters the Growing 2024 GOP Presidential Field

The South Carolina Senator joined the 2024 Presidential contest with a message of optimism and expanding opportunity, a sharp contrast with Donald Trump's rhetoric of 'retribution.' What are his chances at getting the GOP nomination? Plus, Joe Biden raises the specter of the 14th Amendment to avoid a national default as he prepares to meet with Kevin McCarthy. 

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5/19/2023 6:11:00 PM

Biden, the Debt Ceiling, and Work for Welfare

With a national default looming, President Biden cracks the door to accepting new work requirements in welfare programs, as Republican negotiators want, but there's still little progress on a broader deal. Plus, the Supreme Court lets the IRS demand bank records from innocent parties without any notice, and it won't hold Twitter or Google liable for ISIS attacks.

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5/18/2023 4:26:00 PM

Paul Gigot Interviews Vivek Ramaswamy on the Economy

How would presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy promote faster economic growth? Would he cut taxes, how would he influence the Federal Reserve, and why hasn't he been more critical of Donald Trump and his record as President?

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5/17/2023 4:36:00 PM

Is the ESG Investing Fever Starting to Break?

Many asset managers proxy vote for activist shareholder proposals, including to make Costco accountable for "deforestation" and force Home Depot to do a "racial equity audit." But with Vanguard taking a stand and BlackRock getting more skeptical, is the public ESG backlash having an effect? Plus, Baltimore sues Kia and Hyundai, saying their cars are too easy to steal.

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5/16/2023 5:56:00 PM

The Durham Report, the FBI and Donald Trump

Special Counsel John Durham finishes his 306-page report on the FBI's 2016 investigation into Donald Trump and Russia. The document sheds more light on the flimsiness of the "Steele dossier," while arguing that the bureau opened the Trump inquiry without any real evidence. In response, some Republicans are saying it's past time to clean house at the FBI.

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5/15/2023 3:56:00 PM

Ron DeSantis Takes On the GOP's 'Culture of Losing' in Iowa

The Florida Governor hit the first 2024 presidential caucus state on the weekend as he prepares to enter the race. Will his message of looking to the future and not the past resonate with voters? Plus, the stakes are high for the United States as Turkey's presidential election heads to a runoff later this month. 

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5/12/2023 6:34:00 PM

Digging Into Hunter Biden's Foreign Business

Republicans on the House Oversight Committee say that members of Joe Biden's family received millions of dollars from overseas entities in recent years, as the President continues to insist that everything was above board. Plus, the Supreme Court upholds a California law on pork production, which could lead other states to try to export their values in a similar fashion.

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5/11/2023 4:27:00 PM

Donald Trump Returns to CNN With Themes New and Old

Sounding like the Donald Trump who appeared on CNN in 2016, the former President took the stage in front of a town hall audience filled with Republicans and undecided voters in New Hampshire. Will his non-committal answers on abortion appeal to primary voters, or will his potential GOP opponents see an opening to attack Trump on the Jan. 6 riot or his refusal to support Ukraine against Russia?

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5/10/2023 4:21:00 PM

Trump's $5 Million Sexual Abuse Verdict

A New York jury finds Donald Trump liable for sexually abusing E. Jean Carroll in the 1990s. Did Trump's failure to testify affect the outcome, or what about his belligerent deposition, in which he doubled down on the "Access Hollywood" tape? How will his 2024 rivals for the GOP nomination respond to the verdict?

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5/9/2023 6:49:00 PM

California Goes Full Racial 'Reparations'

A committee created by California Governor Gavin Newsom and the state Legislature recommends that black American residents who are descendants of slaves receive cash payments as racial "reparations." But where will the money come from, and is it even legal? And will programs like this become a new progressive litmus test? 

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Editor, editorial page, The Wall Street Journal

Paul Gigot is the editorial page editor and vice president of The Wall Street Journal, a position he has held since 2001. He is responsible for the newspaper's editorials, op-ed articles and Leisure & Arts criticism and directs the editorial pages of the Journal's Asian and European editions and the OpinionJournal.com Web site. He is also the host of the weekly half-hour news program, the Journal Editorial Report, on the Fox News Channel.

Mr. Gigot joined the Journal in 1980 as a reporter in Chicago, and in 1982 he became the Journal's Asia correspondent, based in Hong Kong. He won an Overseas Press Club award for his reporting on the Philippines. In 1984, he was named the first editorial page editor of The Asian Wall Street Journal, based in Hong Kong. In 1987, he was assigned to Washington, where he contributed editorials and a weekly column on politics, "Potomac Watch," which won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

Mr. Gigot is a summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, where he was chairman of the daily student newspaper.


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