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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

945 Episodes
The Justices uphold a law that prohibits gun possession by people who are subject to certain restraining orders for domestic violence, with an 8-1 majority in U.S. v. Rahimi saying that this does not infringe the Second Amendment. Plus, the High Court rules on a tax case, Moore v. U.S., that critics say could open the door to a progressive wealth tax on unrealized gains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
As the first presidential debate nears, the Biden campaign spends $50 million on an ad calling Donald Trump a convicted criminal. Is it working? A new poll shows Biden in the lead for the first time in months, and how will that influence the debate strategy for both candidates?   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The president takes executive action to offer legal status to 500,000 people who entered the country illegally but married U.S. citizens. How much does Biden's order weaken deterrence for future migrants, is it vulnerable to legal challenge as an abuse of discretion, and does such "pen and phone" governance make real immigration legislation less likely, by letting Congress off the hook? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Donald Trump's recent musings on tax policy include proposals to exempt tips, impose huge tariffs to replace the current income tax, and cut the corporate tax rate to 20%, from today's 21%. What of this is good tax policy, versus a political effort to win swing voters, and how does it compare with Joe Biden's ideas, including his recent proposal to raise the corporate rate to 28%? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
As the Supreme Court term nears its end, Paul Gigot interviews Manhattan Institute scholar and author Ilya Shapiro about the rulings so far and the cases still pending, including immunity for Donald Trump. Plus, Joe Biden and the Democrats start to run against the current Court in the election. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Democrats strangely refuse to declare victory, after the Justices unanimously reject a challenge to the FDA's regulation of the abortion pill mifepristone. Plus, the High Court sides with Starbucks in a dispute over the legal standard for NLRB injunctions, and it rules that the ATF cannot ban rifle "bump stocks" by redefining the law so that they qualify as machine guns. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Parties of the right made major gains in elections for the European Parliament, especially in France and Italy. What's behind the surge for the right and the losses for the green left? Plus, the leaders of the G-7 meet in Italy, though all but Italy's Giorgia Meloni may be political lame ducks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Posing as conservative fan at a Washington event, an activist audiotapes conversations with Justice Alito and his wife, as well as Chief Justice John Roberts. Their remarks on flags and U.S. polarization have been presented in the media as shocking, but are they really? Plus, the High Court rulings coming soon include big cases on Trump's immunity, guns, Jan. 6 and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
After only three hours of deliberating, a federal jury in Delaware convicts Hunter Biden of three felony counts for buying and possessing a handgun while he was a drug addict in 2018. Does Hunter have a shot at appealing under the Second Amendment and the Supreme Court's precedent in Bruen? Plus, Joe Biden says he will respect the outcome and won't issue a pardon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Has Donald Trump’s felony conviction changed the minds of any potential voters? And is painting his opponent as a felon going to help Joe Biden? Paul Gigot speaks to Democratic pollster Doug Schoen about why the contest is still going to be about the issues, including the southern border and foreign policy, and the risks for both candidates in this month's presidential debate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The school system sues UAW Local 4811, which represents 48,000 graduate teaching assistants and other workers, for striking on behalf of pro-Palestine campus protesters. At the same time, the UAW recently lost an election at Mercedes-Benz in Alabama. Should unions, and Democrats, be worried about this kind of divide between hard hats and progressive activists? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Joe Biden unveiled his plan for a cease-fire for Israel’s war in Gaza, but Hamas has refused to accept it so far. Will the president be able to get both sides to come to an agreement in time for Election Day? Plus, Hezbollah continues to attack villages in northern Israel and the International Atomic Energy Agency censures Iran for not cooperating with its inspectors. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The president's new policy will supposedly block asylum claimants who cross the southern border when the average number of daily encounters is 2,500 or more. But will migrants simply go to ports of entry, are legal challenges likely, and will this be enough to satisfy voters in November that Biden is taking immigration seriously? Plus, listeners write in on Hunter Biden’s gun trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The prosecution and the defense make their opening arguments in the federal trial of Hunter Biden for buying and owning a gun while addicted to illegal drugs in 2018. No one is above the law, the feds tell the Delaware jury, but is this a case of selective prosecution, how has Joe Biden's Justice Department handled it, and is a presidential pardon likely in store for the First Son? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The White House made a policy adjustment by allowing Ukraine to use American weapons to attack targets inside Russia, but the plan still includes limitations on the use of the most effective U.S. weapons systems. Plus, a major political figure calls for an American rearmament as global threats to national security increase. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The GOP's presidential candidate is convicted of 34 felonies in New York, for falsifying business records in connection with 2016 hush money to Stormy Daniels. Could Trump's defense team have done anything differently? How serious are his prospects for appeal? Has Joe Biden already said too much about the trial? And how is this verdict likely to affect the 2024 election? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
In a letter to two Senators, Justice Samuel Alito explained why he is obliged to hear cases related to Donald Trump under the Supreme Court's code of conduct. What's behind the campaign to tarnish the reputations of the conservative members of the Court? Plus, 14 pro-democracy activists are convicted by a Hong Kong court under trumped up national security charges. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The former Republican governor of Maryland left office with sky-high approval, and if Larry Hogan can now win a Senate seat with a centrist pitch, it would upset expectations about party control after the 2024 elections. Plus, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declares victory after the state's GOP primary runoffs, saying he has won enough votes in the Legislature to pass his school-choice plan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
In a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court upholds a U.S. House map in South Carolina that was challenged as a racial gerrymander, with an opinion by Justice Samuel Alito that also explains the high bar for future lawsuits to prove that a map was drawn using race. Plus, why is the EPA giving millions of dollars to a "climate justice" group with left-leaning views on capitalism and Palestine?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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
Comments (53)


Alicia should be smart enough to know that anti-Israel≠pro-Hamas. The question is, is she smart enough to know that your listeners are also not dumb?

May 30th


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

Jr. Kruger

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

Aug 16th



Jun 25th

Abdikadirm Farah

ILOVE all ask.yhsnks.

Sep 18th

Gabriella Arroyo

this woman's voice is hurting my ears

Sep 12th

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

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
Reply (2)

Sabine Schnittger

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

Jan 13th

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

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

Steve C

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

Nov 28th

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

Ken Feindt

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

Oct 17th

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

Ken Feindt

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

Oct 2nd

Ken Feindt

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

Sep 11th

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

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

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