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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 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...

Why Hurricane Sandy threatens House GOP more than fiscal cliff

January 3, 2013 House Republicans have taken a broad, political hit over their positioning over the fiscal cliff negotiations. But for campaign committee officials looking to hold control of the House in 2014, the controversy over funding for Hurricane Sandy could do more to threaten the GOP's House majority. New Jersey Gov. Chris...

What Romney Could Learn From Steve Jobs

September 26, 2012 Rereading Walter Isaacson’s biography of the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, it’s hard not be struck by one passage illustrating the late Apple CEO's philosophy about focus groups and survey data: He ignored it. In his mind, he had a vision for what the iPhone should look like, and it...

Use of Ryan budget in Hill races offers insights

August 13, 2012 Congressional campaigns often serve as an early-warning mechanism to measure voters’ temperature on emerging issues. With House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's selection as Mitt Romney’s running mate, it’s useful to look at several closely contested House races in which Ryan’s budget – and more broadly, the volatile subject of...

R. Allen Pittman

September 15, 2005 Veterans Affairs R. Allen Pittman Chief Human Capital Officer After being appointed in June 2004 to manage human resources at the Veterans' Affairs Department, Chief Human Capital Officer R. Allen Pittman knew he faced a challenge. About 60 percent of VA's 236,000 employees were eligible for retirement, and he needed...

Keith Nelson

September 15, 2005 Housing and Urban Development Keith Nelson Assistant Secretary for Administration, Chief Human Capital Officer (Nominee) Pending confirmation by the Senate, Keith Nelson will serve as chief human capital officer for the Housing and Urban Development Department. Nelson, former deputy secretary for management at the Labor Department, succeeds Darlene Williams, who...