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

Trump Goes Back To the Future on Foreign Policy

The president’s Syria strike is a small step in reasserting the bipartisan consensus for American leadership on the global stage.

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How To Measure Trump’s Performance

Pay close attention to the number of House Republicans looking for promotions to the Senate. If they stay put, it’s a sign the president is losing political clout.

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Senate GOP Could Check Trump

On the filibuster, foreign policy, and Cabinet picks, Republicans are already behaving more independently than Democrats did under President Obama.

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How Hillary Clinton Could End Washington's Gridlock

If she’s elected president and follows a more moderate path than Obama, it would strengthen her party and offer the GOP a lifeline.

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Clinton Wins Debate, But Did She Win Over Voters?

Trump missed opportunities to exploit her weaknesses, yet managed to clear the low bar of expectations.

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Bill Clinton Tries to Humanize His Wife With a Political Love Story

He relies on nostalgia to portray her as an agent of change, not a card-carrying member of the Washington establishment.

Management

On Convention’s First Night, Bernie Sanders and His Supporters Upstage Clinton

Burned by news that the DNC was in his opponent’s corner, his backers give a rousing endorsement of the “revolution.”

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For Trump, It’s Not Morning In America Anymore

His nomination speech was full of complaints and bluster but failed to show he would solve the country’s problems.

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Cruz Roils GOP Convention With Last Stand Against Trump

Will he be remembered as a man of principle—or as someone who put his ambition ahead of his party?

Management

Republicans Slam Clinton, But Don’t Make the Case for Trump

It was supposed to be a night to “make America safe again,” but as usual the candidate’s need for attention stepped on the GOP message.

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Why Gingrich Is Right for Trump

The candidate needs a running mate with Washington experience, rhetorical gifts, and a yen for political combat with the Clintons.

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Why Hillary Clinton Should Worry About Brexit

Anti-elite sentiment is erupting around the world. And it’s the main reason why Donald Trump remains competitive in the presidential election.

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Obama Floats Above the Malaise in His Job Approval Ratings

Ratings reach two-year highs even though most voters think the country is headed on the wrong track.

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With Vote for Trump, Indiana Spurns its Conservative Roots

If Ted Cruz was going to win anywhere, it was in the Hoosier State. Instead he got knocked out of the race.

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The Lesser of Three Evils

Trump, Cruz, and Clinton would be their parties’ most disliked nominees in the history of polling.

Management

Scott Walker, Not Paul Ryan, Could Be the GOP's Cleveland Surprise

After setting himself up as a kingmaker in Wisconsin, Walker could find himself on the throne at the convention.

Management

Why Cruz Would Be Better for the GOP

Not only would he have a shot at beating Clinton, he’d give down-ballot Republicans a chance to hold onto Congress.

Oversight

Cruz and Kasich Are Playing Right Into Trump's Hands

Instead of strategizing to stop Trump, his rivals are still acting like he isn’t the front-runner in the race.

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Trump's Very Super Tuesday

Even as he faces growing resistance from Republican party leaders, Trump is growing his support with Republican voters.

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The Odds of a Contested Convention Have Never Been Higher

With Cruz picking up momentum over the weekend, Rubio is battling furiously to deal Trump a blow in Florida.