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Josh Kraushaar Josh Kraushaar is the political editor for National Journal, and pens the weekly "Against the Grain" column.
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Chaos Wins Republican Primary in New Hampshire

February 10, 2016 Don­ald Trump’s re­sound­ing vic­tory in New Hamp­shire not only ce­men­ted the busi­ness­man’s stand­ing as a front-run­ning GOP can­did­ate. The crowded un­der­card battle for second place was as con­sequen­tial, en­sur­ing a long, pro­trac­ted fight for the Re­pub­lic­an nom­in­a­tion that could well be de­cided at the Clev­e­land con­ven­tion. Trump ex­ceeded the already...

Iowa Results Mean a Three-Way GOP Race

February 2, 2016 DES MOINES, Iowa—After the hype, end­less me­dia at­ten­tion, and dom­in­ance in the polls, Don­ald Trump is leav­ing Iowa with a whim­per. The bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man barely hung on to second place, be­hind Ted Cruz and nar­rowly ahead of a sur­ging Marco Ru­bio. What happened? Why did all the ex­perts mis­dia­gnose the...

Tough Talk vs. Military Muscle

December 16, 2015 In a de­bate that be­came something of a ref­er­en­dum on former Pres­id­ent George W. Bush’s in­ter­ven­tion­ist for­eign policy, the highest-pro­file com­batants were two fresh­man sen­at­ors: Marco Ru­bio and Ted Cruz. Ru­bio, in line with Bush’s leg­acy, called for a more ro­bust Amer­ic­an role in the Middle East and ag­gress­ive coun­terter­ror­ism...

Democrats’ Biggest Vulnerability In 2016: National Security

December 8, 2015 The dis­con­nect between Pres­id­ent Obama and the Amer­ic­an pub­lic on the ur­gency of the IS­IS threat is a prob­lem for his party in 2016, es­pe­cially for Hil­lary Clin­ton. Demo­crats are at risk of polit­ic­ally mar­gin­al­iz­ing them­selves on na­tion­al se­cur­ity in the run-up to the 2016 pres­id­en­tial elec­tion, ca­ter­ing to a...

Does Hillary Clinton Have a Problem With Male Voters?

October 8, 2015 When Hil­lary Clin­ton entered the pres­id­en­tial race, she ex­pec­ted to win over­whelm­ing sup­port among wo­men in her bid to be­come the first fe­male pres­id­ent. In­stead, she’s find­ing out that an un­pre­ced­en­ted level of res­ist­ance to her can­did­acy among men is un­der­min­ing the con­ven­tion­al wis­dom that she’d be the strongest Demo­crat­ic...

Debate Divides Candidates on National Security

September 17, 2015 Na­tion­al se­cur­ity di­vided the 11 Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ates in­to two camps dur­ing Wed­nes­day night’s de­bate: those who looked like fu­ture com­mand­ers in chief and those who looked un­ready for prime time. Sen. Marco Ru­bio of Flor­ida, des­pite lim­ited speak­ing time, made the most of it with a thor­ough re­sponse on deal­ing...

Congressional Democrats Not Yet Sold On Iran Deal

August 19, 2015 One of the most fascinating political-science experiments in recent years was conducted in 2013 by two of the most-respected pollsters in the business, Democrat Mark Mellman and Republican Whit Ayres. They presented two groups of respondents with two different education proposals, labeling one as the Republican plan and another as...

Obama's Foreign Policy Is Hurting Hillary Clinton's 2016 Chances

July 15, 2015 President Obama has taken two huge political risks when it comes to his second-term foreign policy. He's sought to normalize relations with Cuba, demanding few changes in the dictatorship's human-rights record while granting the country diplomatic recognition. And on Tuesday, he cut a controversial nuclear deal with Iran, one that's...

Here’s Why Hillary Clinton Is Staying Quiet on National Security

June 19, 2015 When it comes to the politics of national security, Republicans and Democrats are worlds apart. Not only do they differ on the threat posed by Islamic terrorism and the appropriate tactics to defeat it, but they don't even agree—at least publicly—on how significant an issue it will be in the...

National Security Eclipses Economy as Voters' Top Concern, GOP Poll Finds

April 15, 2015 A GOP poll is reinforcing Republican strategists' conviction that foreign policy will be a major issue in 2016—one the party believes it can wield to its advantage against Democratic congressional candidates and Hillary Clinton. The internal survey, conducted by the GOP firm OnMessage, found that security issues ranked first on...