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 finds his veto pen

WASHINGTON -- With the Republicans now in control of both houses of Congress, President Obama has finally invoked his weapon of last resort against being run over by them, by vetoing the Keystone XL pipeline bill.

Giuliani sucker punches Obama on patriotism

WASHINGTON -- In the dustup over Rudy Giuliani saying he doesn't believe that the president loves America, it's a tossup who deserves more to be sent to the woodshed, him or the fellow Republicans who rushed to justify his remark.

Family legacy looms over Jeb Bush's campaign

WASHINGTON -- The sure-footed start of Jeb Bush's bid for the Oval Office began with a money blitzkrieg that helped drive Mitt Romney out of the running for 2016.

GOP's unchanging game plan: Gang up on Obama

WASHINGTON -- The determination of conservative Republicans to thwart Barack Obama at every turn was clear from the first days after his election in 2008, as their Senate leader Mitch McConnell publicly vowed to make him "a one-term president."

It's hard to remain a reporter sitting in the anchor's chair

WASHINGTON -- There no doubt has been some unsympathetic chuckling from purveyors of print journalism -- the underpaid and unrecognized foot soldiers of the reporting trade -- at the fall from grace of Brian Williams, the "NBC Nightly News" anchor...

Another reluctant warrior in the White House

WASHINGTON -- President Obama's latest war strategy makes one wonder: Is another Woodrow Wilson in the Oval Office debating with himself about how to meet the existential threat that faces him?

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