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

War remains Obama's unending nightmare

WASHINGTON -- President Obama's acceptance of personal responsibility for the death of two noncombatants, one of them an American, in that drone strike on a terrorist site in Pakistan echoed how the fog of war has smothered his highest ambitions.

The endless campaign marathon is out of hand

WASHINGTON -- Now that Hillary Clinton has finally declared her presidential candidacy for 2016, the country can look forward to another interminable stretch of pre-election shadow boxing, until the first voting in the Iowa caucuses early next year.

Count on GOP candidates to gang up on Hillary

WASHINGTON -- For one reason or another, some Democratic friends and foes alike of Hillary Clinton contend that she needs a serious challenger for their party's 2016 presidential nomination.

Taking the early presidential plunge

WASHINGTON -- With Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio now in active competition for their parties' 2016 presidential nominations, it's guaranteed that voters will be subjected to one of the longest preludes to the actual election yet recorded.

Rubio's youth is no advantage without ample war chest

WASHINGTON -- In announcing his formal candidacy for the presidency, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio started out in the shadow of a video -- Hillary Clinton's electronic declaration that she is after the same job.

Hillary drops the other shoe

WASHINGTON -- In finally declaring her 2016 presidential candidacy, Hillary Clinton put a reverse twist on the old break-up line, "It's not you.

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