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Spending Debate: Partisan Divide on Deficit Problem Signals More Tension Ahead

blogs.wsj.com — Even relatively good news can divide Washington and the country politically these days, and that could well prove to be the case with the latest data on the federal deficit put out by the Congressional Budget Office Monday.

Generation of Long-Lasting Mideast Rulers Produced Stability-and a Mess

wsj.com — The death last week of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah means the Middle East is nearing the end of an extraordinary era of leadership, which goes a long way toward explaining why the region is in such turmoil and so plagued by extremism flaring to the surface.

Saudi king’s death clouds tense relationship with U.S.

marketwatch.com — U.S. officials worry that the death of Saudi King Abdullah ushers in a period of new uncertainty in a key relationship that already was tense. In the short term, the death of the king actually might ease strains in the relationship.

Saudi King’s Death Clouds Already Tense Relationship With U.S.

wsj.com — U.S. officials worry that the death of Saudi King Abdullah ushers in a period of new uncertainty in a key relationship that already was tense. In the short term, the death of the king actually might ease strains in the relationship.

Five Things to Watch For in Obama’s State of the Union Speech

blogs.wsj.com — Video: Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Seib discusses five themes President Barack Obama will likely address when he speaks before Congress tonight. Like every president giving a State of the Union address, President Barack Obama on Tuesday night can be counted on to cover a laundry list of issues, problems and requests.

How Obama Might Address the State of His Party

wsj.com — President Barack Obama will go before Congress Tuesday night to address the state of the union. He won't be addressing the state of his Democratic Party directly, though it's interesting to think of what he might say were he to do so.

Extremist Threat in France Has Deep Roots

blogs.wsj.com — When it comes to terrorism at the hands of Islamic extremists, France and the U.S. are going to great pains to show that they stand together. But, while they may stand together, do they face the same kind of homegrown threat from those extremists and would-be terrorists?

Can Paris’ Tragedy Slow Global Tide of Intolerance?

wsj.com — Capital Journal: The failure of the White House to send a high-level representative to the international march of solidarity in Paris represented a lost opportunity to help change the global attitude toward what can only be described as a rising tide of extremism and intolerance, Gerald F. Seib writes.

Sen. McConnell’s Top Prospects Across the Aisle

blogs.wsj.com — Like those who follow baseball, people who track politics love statistics. So in that spirit, here's the most important number in Washington now that a New Year and, as of today, a new Congress have arrived: Six.

Risks, Rewards for House Speaker John Boehner in Rebellion by GOP Right

wsj.com — The bad news for John Boehner is that unhappy conservatives again will try to replace him as House speaker when lawmakers vote on new leadership Tuesday. The good news for John Boehner is that unhappy conservatives again will try to replace him as House speaker when lawmakers vote on new leadership Tuesday.
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Jan 30, 2015

Not good when ties with our 3 most important Mideast allies--Saudi, Egypt, Israel--are strained at the same time. on.wsj.com/1BEVb16

Jan 30, 2015

As Romney prepares to update, listen as @poconnorWSJ explains how Bush's sprint has changed the dynamics for all: on.wsj.com/1vdW6GR

Jan 30, 2015

Where to high schoolers play football most? Mississippi, Iowa, Texas, Nebraska. Have a look: on.wsj.com/1Ho5rRD via @WSJPolitics

Jan 30, 2015

Romney communicating with supporters this morning. Doubt he'll say I'm only here so I won't get fined. #MarshawnLynch

Jan 29, 2015

WSJ scoop: Texas GOP Chair to announce he's joining team of Rand Paul--not Texans Perry or Cruz. on.wsj.com/15Y7OJi via @WSJPolitics

Jan 29, 2015

A memo gives some clues about how Jeb Bush will discuss faith in #2016, courtesy of @bethreinhard: on.wsj.com/15VsFNm via @WSJPolitics

Jan 29, 2015

#Nats' pick-up of Janssen: "A competent reliever not far removed a couple stellar seasons," says Navy Yard Notes: navyyardnotes.blogspot.com/2015/01/buildi…

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