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The Oddest Bedfellows? Try Obama and Rand Paul — Of all of Washington's odd couples, the oddest is turning out to be President Barack Obama and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. You often see this kind of thing in business and social circles: A pair who somehow seem to connect despite all their obvious differences.

Congress Set to Get Lonelier in the Middle — We have learned in recent days that both President Barack Obama and Republican leaders in Congress seem to want to pull their parties together in the middle to get some things done in Washington. To many in the capital, this is a long overdue development.

A Tough Task: Preserving Political Support for Extended Iran Talks — Now that the U.S. and its international partners have agreed to a seven-month extension of their negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, they face two considerable challenges. The first, obviously, is to turn what officials describe as progress toward a deal in recent days into an actual, detailed, verifiable agreement in the seven additional months they have given themselves.

GOP, Obama Tread a Delicate Political Path on Immigration — This much is clear: President Barack Obama sets off an explosion with his plan to act on his own to change the nation's immigration practices. What's less clear is what happens next.

The Temptation to ‘Just Wait for 2016′ Already Emerges — With the midterm election a mere two weeks in the past, some in both parties already are starting to think, and even to say: "Just wait until 2016." It is a sentiment that, if it becomes too widespread, could seriously crimp prospects for meaningful action in the capital in the here and now.

Can the New Senate Avoid Payback Time? — If you're wondering how the new, postelection Washington will work, you need to know first of all the answer to this question: Will senators decide it's time to get even, or time to get over it?

Falling Oil Prices Strengthen Obama’s Hand Globally — President Barack Obama is traversing the world stage this week carrying something unusual for an American president: An oil weapon that he can wield to his benefit. Recent weeks haven't been an easy stretch for Mr. Obama, at home or on the international front, so this weapon, in the form of plunging world oil prices, represents a welcome if underappreciated development.

Capital Journal: Democrats Are Short of Fresh New Faces — Among the many questions Democrats might ask as they ponder their course after last week's electoral drubbing, here's one that gets relatively little attention: Where are the party's fresh young leaders? Even after a stunning defeat, the Democrats' hierarchy in Congress figures to be unchanged when leaders are picked for the new year.

Can Obama and GOP Leaders Find a Way to Work Together? — With the midterm election finally in the rearview mirror, President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders will awake Wednesday with a similar impulse: They now need to get something done-Mr. Obama to burnish his troubled legacy, Republican leaders to show voters they are capable of effective governance, not just obstruction.

On Election Day, a Tale of the Young and the Old — It's Election Day 2014, and while some will mourn its end (principally owners of local network TV affiliates making millions of dollars off of a gusher of campaign ads), the more relevant question is who will mark its close by actually showing up to vote.
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Dec 19, 2014

Obama on Keystone: Would have minimal impact on gas prices in the U.S. It's good for Canadian oil companies. Not making a strong case.

Dec 19, 2014

Obama says he's not planning a visit to Cuba, at least not yet. Only safe answer at this point...

Dec 19, 2014

Obama says "range of options" being developed to retaliate over North Korean Sony attack, the response will be proportionate.

Dec 19, 2014

Obama argues that "the whole point of normalizing relations" with Cuba is that the U.S. has a greater chance to influence it.

Dec 19, 2014

Unusual for a president to be as tough on an individual company, at least publicly, as Obama has been on Sony over its film decision,

Dec 19, 2014

Obama: "Imagine what they start doing when they see a documentary they don't like."

Dec 19, 2014

Obama wastes little time saying he thinks Sony made a mistake by pulling movie from theaters.

Dec 18, 2014

Rep.John Dingell leaves Congress an unlikely Twitter star. Here's why: via @WSJPolitics

Dec 18, 2014

Rand Paul aligns with Obama on Cuba; new example of how security questions now scramble alliances: via @WSJPolitics

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