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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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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 ...

Why Obamacare Is On Life Support

November 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There's nothing that Democrats want more than to change the subject from Obamacare, despite DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's protestations otherwise. Congressional Democrats don't want to be dealing with a drip-drip of news about premiums going up, patients losing their doctors, and a broken health care website as they face ...

Obama's Crisis of Competence

July 3, 2013 President Obama returned last night from a weeklong trip to Africa, seeking to position himself as part of ailing Nelson Mandela's legacy and generating strategic photo-ops. On the other side of the continent, Egypt is awash in revolution, with hundreds of thousands of protesters in Tahrir Square railing against the ...

Analysis: Is the White House Obscuring the Truth?

May 20, 2013 What did the president know and when did he know it? Those simple questions are at the heart of the scandals buffeting the White House, and they were only obscured by White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer, appearing on the Sunday talk shows to represent the administration. Asked by Fox ...

Analysis: Hillary Clinton Has the Most to Lose From Obama's Scandals

May 15, 2013 Conventional wisdom has long held that Hillary Clinton, if she runs for president, would be the clear frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in 2016. But after a trifecta of scandals buffeting President Obama – fresh questions about the White House’s veracity on Benghazi, the IRS’s harassment of conservative non-profits and ...

In Making Play for the House, President Obama Could Lose the Senate

March 8, 2013 President Obama’s advisers have telegraphed their goal to win control of the House in 2014, which would give the president unfettered control to advance his favored policies. But the bigger concern for the White House should be the more realistic possibility that they could lose the Senate in 2014 – ...

Analysis: Are Chuck Hagel’s Views Outside the Mainstream?

February 21, 2013 Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel will have his second chance at confirmation next week, when the Senate returns to session. But in assessing why the GOP opposition has been stronger and more unified than expected, pundits largely missed the most significant reason his nomination has stalled. It’s not because of ...