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

Guns create equal-opportunity mayhem

WASHINGTON -- In Cincinnati, a private university police officer stopped a driver for a nonviolent traffic offense and shot him in the head, killing him. The circumstances were different but the outcome was the same.

Dictatorial polls determine fate of GOP candidates

WASHINGTON -- Public-opinion polls, once employed by political consultants to gauge the concerns of voters as a means to shape their candidates' campaigns more effectively, have become the tail that wags the dog.

Why is Trump running for president?

WASHINGTON -- Real estate mogul Donald Trump has informed the Federal Election Commission, as required of presidential candidates, that he is worth more than $10 billion.

Vice presidency is an important job nobody wants

WASHINGTON -- Like Roger Dangerfield, American vice presidents get no respect. It was an unsubtle denigration of Rubio's qualification for the top job that Walker himself lusts after.

Many GOP messengers, same GOP message

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's comment on the Donald Trump train wreck went to the heart of its damage to the Republican Party.

Mr. Obnoxious outdoes himself

WASHINGTON -- At the very start of Donald Trump's farcical presidential campaign, he did the rival Democratic Party a great favor by tarnishing the entire Republican brand with his irresponsible smear of Mexican border-crossers.

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