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's immigration gamble a bid to salvage legacy

WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama's decision to follow through on his plan to reform immigration policy through an executive order is an uncharacteristically bold gamble, made in the hope of salvaging the final two years of his presidency and his own pol...

It's time to kill the lame duck session

WASHINGTON -- The current lame duck session of Congress, which ends on Jan. 3 and includes senators and representatives defeated on Nov. 4, began with the same old partisanship that characterized the last few years in Washington, as the Senate rej...

Obama must secure authorization for force in Middle East

WASHINGTON -- Before President Obama does anything else in the lame-duck Congress or the new one in January, he needs forthrightly to seek an update or new authorization for the new war he's fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Lincoln's vice-presidential switch changed history

CHICAGO--The other day I found myself at the famous Abraham Lincoln Bookshop here, talking about my latest effort, a history on the evolution of the American vice presidency.

A lethargic electorate stuck in place

WASHINGTON -- For all the millions spent on advertising in both parties for the midterm elections, voter turnout was the lowest since World War II, according to the U.S. Elections Project at the University of Florida.

Where the buck really stops

WASHINGTON -- The thrashing that voters administered to the Democrats in the midterm congressional elections confirmed the old admonition Harry Truman kept on his White House desk: "The buck stops here."

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