Jules Witcover Bio

Jules Witcover

Jules Witcover has reported and analyzed the news from Washington and around the country for more than half a century. His column, "Politics Today," is syndicated by Tribune Media Services.

As a reporter and columnist, Witcover offers a candid examination of national politics and American foreign policy. He has covered every presidential campaign and national political convention since the early 1960s, has written a dozen books and co-authored five others on politics and history, including "No Way to Pick a President" and "Party of the People: A History of the Democrats." His latest book is "Very Strange Bedfellows: The Short and Unhappy Marriage of Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew."

Witcover was among the first columnists to question the rationales for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a year before it occurred, and since the Democratic takeover of Congress, he has called on the new majority to take more aggressive steps to end the war, and to challenge President Bush's efforts to extend executive power in wartime.   

He is a winner of the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Washington Correspondence from Society of Professional Journalists. He lives with his wife in Washington, D.C.

Jules Witcover Samples

Obama in the lion's den

WASHINGTON -- Addressing the annual American Legion convention in Charlotte earlier this week, President Obama sugar-coated his defense of selective use of military force by reciting what's been done to cope with the Department of Veterans Affairs...

Obama needs no more 'red lines'

WASHINGTON -- President Obama, in his determination to get American foreign policy off what he has called "a perpetual war footing," must take care now not to box himself in with any more comments about "red lines" that restrict his options.

With an ill-timed slap at Obama, Hillary falters

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's tactical retreat in her soft apology and meet-up with President Obama at Martha's Vineyard, after her ill-timed criticism of his "failure" in aiding Syrian refugees, indicates she may not be quite ready to put her b...

Did Nixon commit treason to win presidency?

WASHINGTON -- In an exhaustive new book, journalist and researcher Ken Hughes makes the case not only that Richard Nixon, as a presidential candidate, committed treason by interfering in peace negotiations in Vietnam, but also that he sought to us...

A darker cloud falls over Nixon

WASHINGTON--In the flurry of new books on the Nixon tapes, another allegation worse than Watergate against the late president has been revisited by a researcher at the Miller Center of the University of Virginia, reviving charges of a possible tre...

Obama doctrine put to the test

WASHINGTON--Even as President Obama continues to insist that there will be no return of American "boots on the ground" in Iraq, stark reality is severely testing what has come to be known as the Obama Doctrine--that the use of U.S. military power ...

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