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

GOP presidential field: Many choices of the same flavor

WASHINGTON -- If the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey were running today's Republican Party, they could easily resolve its dilemma of having a dozen or more declared or prospective presidential candidates.

In quest of a wartime leader

WASHINGTON -- Sixty-three years ago, the country turned to a military hero, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, to extract it from the Korean War. In a prospective field of more than a dozen Republican presidential aspirants, some have military experience.

A new blame game emerges over Iraq

WASHINGTON -- Whenever America's reputation as the world's prime military power takes a hit, a partisan argument inevitably breaks out over who's to blame.

Jeb defends Iraq War on basis of regime change

WASHINGTON -- Jeb Bush's recent effort at damage control by reversing his statement on the Iraq War isn't likely to get him out of the woods.

Journalists' contributions to Clinton Foundation raise credibility questions

WASHINGTON -- While much of the political community frets over the influence of billionaire money in presidential campaigns, the much smaller world of journalism occasionally worries over the ethics of politicians crossing over into the news-and-a...

Jeb Bush's slippery slope on Iraq

WASHINGTON -- Jeb Bush's ham-handed answer to questions about the 2003 invasion of Iraq has raised another: Is he really ready for prime time as a 2016 presidential prospect? A perplexed press is asking: What was Bush thinking?

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