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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.

Election-Day Ground Zero: The States That Tell All — Not all states are equal on Election Day, at least not equal in importance. And the four most unequal to watch Tuesday night are Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire and North Carolina. Those states will tell us the most about the long-term meaning of this year's voting-and about the current condition of the coalition that carried Barack Obama to the presidency twice.

The Policy-Free Campaign of 2014 — If you like an election campaign in which the candidates offer detailed policy plans explaining how they propose to address the nation's basic budget and entitlement challenges-well, this hasn't been the election year for you. Instead, the key races this year-the ones that will determine who will control the United States Senate-have been about mood, personalities and anger.

2014 vs. 2012: Two Portraits of American Voters — The midterm election that lies just ahead promises to do a terrific job of illustrating the basic schism in American politics, the one that explains why we have deeply divided government in Washington: While Democrats may have built the ideal coalition for winning presidential elections, Republicans have assembled the ideal coalition for winning congressional elections.
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Nov 19, 2014

Video: How the Jeb Bush question affects all 2016 wannabes, and what to watch for in his speech this week.

Nov 19, 2014

The five big questions that must be resolved on the path to a nuclear deal with Iran: via @WSJ

Nov 19, 2014

Jeb Bush will speak in Washington this week, only reminding that the biggest 2016 question is: What will he do?

Nov 18, 2014

Will he or won't he? White House is deliberately vague about whether President Obama would veto #keystoneXL bill.

Nov 18, 2014

You can already hear it: 'Just wait until 2016.' That's a recipe for more inaction, of course. via @WSJPolitics

Nov 18, 2014

The new Senate can either settle old scores or move ahead. My look at the conflicting impulses: via @WSJ

Nov 18, 2014

Iraq is taking back some territory from ISIS, says @Katulis; his look at the challenges ahead. via @WSJPolitics

Nov 17, 2014

Perfectly rational behavior: Redskins fan sets fire to all his team merchandise after yesterday's game.

Nov 17, 2014

RIP Bill Frenzel, Republican of Minnesota. House budget expert, Brookings scholar,one of the good guys.

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