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Political Insight and Analysis From The Wall Street Journal's Capital Bureau



Last Build Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:52:56 +0000

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No Supreme Court Visit for Trump

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:51:47 +0000

Departing from recent custom, President-elect Donald Trump passed up an invitation to visit the Supreme Court before taking the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts.


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Obama’s Parting Words on Guantanamo: ‘History Will Cast Harsh Judgment’

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:15:40 +0000

On his last full day in office, Barack Obama warned Republicans on their blocking of his early promise to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba: “History will cast a harsh judgment on this aspect of our fight against terrorism and those of us who fail to bring it to a responsible end.”


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Lobster, Shrimp, Saffron on Inaugural Luncheon Menu — No Burgers, Fries

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:47:35 +0000

Swamp-draining food it is not: At Friday's inaugural luncheon, the fast-food loving new president will dine with with 200 guests on lobster and shrimp in saffron sauce, followed by Angus beef with dark chocolate juniper jus.


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RNC Chair Reince Priebus Passes Baton to Ronna Romney McDaniel

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:03:06 +0000

Republicans, reveling one more time in their defeat of Democrat Hillary Clinton last fall, ratified the selection of Ronna Romney McDaniel of Michigan to be the new chair of the Republican National Committee.


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Umbrellas Will Be Allowed at Trump Inauguration — but Only Certain Kinds

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:19:03 +0000

With forecasts calling for rain during incoming President Donald Trump's inaugural ceremonies on Friday, the National Park Service has revised its rules to allow some styles of umbrellas on the National Mall for the swearing-in ceremony and along the parade route in downtown Washington, D.C.


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Why Obama’s Post-White House Words Will Carry Weight

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:21:46 +0000

Jeff Horwitt: The high approval ratings of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden suggest their words will carry a great deal of weight after they leave office.


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Senate Decorum Breaks Down as Republican Suggests ‘Valium’ for Democrat

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:12:56 +0000

There were fireworks at the Senate Finance Committee hearing for Steven Mnuchin, but not over the former banker's role in the financial crisis. Rather, they involved Senate decorum.


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Capital Journal Daybreak: The Trump Transition, Obama’s New Role, More

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:24:05 +0000

Trump’s Nominees Stick to His Script Mnuchin to Address IndyMac, Tax Policy at Senate Hearing For Barack Obama, a New Role Is Waiting in Washington GOP Governors Warn Lawmakers About Repeal of Affordable Care Act Voter Anxiety That Fueled Trump’s Victory Turns to Hope for Jobs Seib Video: In Presidential Transition, Diverging Rhetoric on Russia […]


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Treasury Pick Mnuchin Revised Financial Disclosures to Senate Committee

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:54:07 +0000

Steven Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Treasury secretary, amended a questionnaire submitted to the Senate Finance Committee last week after Democratic staffers raised questions about business entities that hadn’t been disclosed in an earlier submission, according to a committee memo obtained by The Wall Street Journal.


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Former Registered Lobbyist Ken Nahigian to Head Trump Transition Team

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:08:59 +0000

Ken Nahigian, who until November was registered as a lobbyist, was named to head the Trump transition team, raising questions about whether the appointment runs counter to President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to “drain the swamp.”


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