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


11/8/2022 3:35:00 PM

What's at Stake in the 2022 Midterm Elections

If Republicans take the House and possibly the Senate, as most projections and polling suggest, then a divided government will block President Biden's progressive ambitions. But how else would a GOP Congress change the dynamic in Washington? Plus, Donald Trump promises a big announcement on Nov. 15, putting himself front and center ahead of Election Day.

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11/7/2022 3:55:00 PM

An Optimistic Outlook for Republicans on Election Day Eve

As Election Day nears, Republicans are well positioned to win the majority in the House, while the Senate remains a tossup. Is the GOP overestimating how successful their night will be, and are Democrats second-guessing their strategy a little too late? Plus, Donald Trump puts Ron DeSantis in his sights as he nears a decision on 2024, and Joe Biden claims it's time to shut down coal, much to the ire of Joe Manchin. 

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11/4/2022 6:25:00 PM

What Else Might Be on Your November Ballot

With the midterms only four days away, the focus is on the House and Senate, but what else is being decided on Election Day? Ballot initiatives across the country include questions on abortion, electric vehicles, ranked-choice voting and union power. Meantime, state Supreme Court Justices are facing voters in several places.

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11/3/2022 3:09:00 PM

Joe Biden's One-Sided Fears About Democracy

Six days before the November midterm elections, Joe Biden gives an address warning about the dangers to democracy but seems to only identify Republicans as the danger. Plus, the Federal Reserve raises its rates again despite Wall Street's growing concern that it's going too far, too fast. 

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11/2/2022 4:37:00 PM

Are Suburban Women Creating a Republican Wave?

Democrats thought the overturning of Roe v. Wade would drive soccer moms their way, but The Wall Street Journal's latest poll says white suburban women have moved 27 points against them since August. Top of mind for voters seems to be inflation and the economy, plus crime, as Joe Biden schedules a primetime address to discuss threats to democracy.

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11/1/2022 5:50:00 PM

The Supreme Court Debates Racial Preferences at Universities

Paul Gigot speaks with legal scholar Ilya Shapiro about the Supreme Court's oral arguments Monday on racial preferences in college admissions. What did we learn about how the Justices are leaning, and what would a ban on preferences mean for schools and other institutions?

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10/31/2022 3:51:00 PM

Karl Rove and Kim Strassel Forecast the Midterms

With only eight days left before the 2022 November midterm elections, Kim Strassel speaks with Wall Street Journal Opinion columnist and political strategist Karl Rove about why Republicans seem to be surging in the closing days, the contests to pay attention to, and why the attack on Paul Pelosi should be condemned by both Republicans and Democrats.   

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10/28/2022 6:32:00 PM

Elon Musk (Finally) Buys Twitter

After months of speculation and legal wrangling, Elon Musk closes the deal on Twitter and starts by firing its top executives. What does Musk mean when he says free speech should live on Twitter, and will Donald Trump fire up his old account? Plus, listeners ask why U.S. test scores are sliding and whether Republicans will continue supporting Ukraine if they win the midterm elections.

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10/27/2022 4:48:00 PM

Voters Take Stock of Biden's Economic Record

The President hails Thursday's report that the economy grew 2.6% in the third quarter, but will it be enough to overcome inflation and falling real incomes? Plus, what can Republicans accomplish if they retake Congress with Biden still in the White House?

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10/26/2022 3:57:00 PM

Nine Million Votes, With Candidates Still Debating

When does early voting become too early? Nine million ballots for the 2022 election are already cast, sometimes before the candidates even had a chance to debate. In Pennsylvania, John Fetterman's health becomes a factor in his debate with Mehmet Oz. In Florida, Ron DeSantis is non-committal on finishing a four-year term. And in New York, Lee Zeldin and Kathy Hochul tangle over crime.

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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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