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Josh Kraushaar

Josh Kraushaar Josh Kraushaar is the political editor for National Journal, and pens the weekly "Against the Grain" column.
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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...

Hillary Clinton Is Learning All the Wrong Lessons From Obama

April 15, 2015 Hillary Clinton is clearly looking to emulate President Obama's historic 2008 campaign as she makes a second bid for the White House. Her kickoff campaign video features the very constituencies that Obama effortlessly energized in his first bid for office—working women, minorities, gay voters. She's hired several of Obama's top...

Your Opinion About the Iran Deal Means Nothing to Obama

March 19, 2015 Throughout the contentious debate between the White House and Congress over the Iran nuclear negotiations, one important piece of the equation has been largely overlooked: American public opinion. If voters were confident that President Obama was striking a good deal with Iran that would prevent Tehran from getting nuclear weapons,...

Four Reasons Why Romney Is a 2016 Long-Shot

January 16, 2015 When Mitt Romney speaks at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting Friday evening, it will be the first time that he's addressing his newfound interest in another presidential campaign. It will also be his first chance to offer party stalwarts an effective argument for why he thinks he'd be able...

5 Democrats Who Should Run Against Hillary Clinton

July 3, 2014 It's been remarkable to see how quickly the Democratic Party has coalesced around Hillary Clinton as its expected 2016 nominee, despite clear vulnerabilities she's telegraphed during her book tour. Clinton brings undeniable assets to the table—she'd be the first female president, the Clinton brand is still strong, her fundraising is...

Republicans Increasingly Willing to Brag About Bringing Home Bacon

April 1, 2014 Ask Republican voters if they support federal funds to pay for hurricane recovery and infrastructure improvement, and many would say they do. Ask them if they support earmarks, and the response would be resoundingly negative. Over the next few months, the battle to define appropriations will be in full swing...

Foreign Policy Is Becoming a Major 2016 Campaign Issue

March 27, 2014 Take a look at American public opinion on foreign policy, and it's clear that the American instinct is to avoid involvement in overseas conflicts. A new CBS News poll, conducted last week, showed fewer than one-third of Americans believe the U.S. has a responsibility to "do something" about Russia and...

Crusader Against Government Waste Cuts Senate Career Short

January 17, 2014 Sen. Tom Coburn announced Thursday night that he will be resigning his seat at the end of the year as he battles a recurrence of cancer. "Serving as Oklahoma's senator has been, and continues to be, one of the great privileges and blessings of my life. But, after much prayer...