Jules Witcover

Columnist

Recent Articles

  • Witcover: Our great national nightmare

    Witcover: Our great national nightmare

    As a cruel temporary diversion from the insanity of the Trump presidency that has gripped the country, now comes yet another mass schoolhouse murder in Florida. Is anybody surprised? The mayhem goes on despite Sandy Hook, Columbine and the other similar American tragedies that have afflicted this...

  • Witcover: Abusers in the White House

    Witcover: Abusers in the White House

    Apparently, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, like his boss, President Donald Trump, has dodged the sexual abuse epidemic that has gripped the country. Unlike Mr. Trump, who remains haunted but unbowed by accusations against him from multiple women, not to mention that anything-goes recording...

  • Witcover: Republicans, Trump run roughshod over debt and DACA

    Witcover: Republicans, Trump run roughshod over debt and DACA

    Congressional Republicans averted another weekend government shutdown by turning their backs on their party's traditional party abhorrence of deficit spending. Enough Democrats joined them by rejecting House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s filibuster plea not to sacrifice nearly a million immigrant...

  • Witcover: Rebellion in the party of law and order

    Witcover: Rebellion in the party of law and order

    The Republican Party once was acclaimed as the staunch defender of law and order by the likes of Richard Nixon, Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan. But now it finds itself engaged in a civil war over Donald Trump's Justice Department and the FBI. The dichotomy is demonstrated in the much-ballyhooed...

  • Witcover: What Trump could learn about immigration from Woodrow Wilson

    Witcover: What Trump could learn about immigration from Woodrow Wilson

    A century ago, President Woodrow Wilson addressed a class of newly naturalized American citizens upon their oath-taking at the hallowed Philadelphia Convention Hall. He had some wise words for them that would well-serve his present successor amid his conspicuously ruinous efforts to destroy the...

  • Witcover: A familiar route to impeachment

    Witcover: A familiar route to impeachment

    Donald Trump certainly is no Richard Nixon, but his strategy to avoid possible impeachment is beginning to look more and more like the one that failed to avoid Nixon's ouster in the Watergate scandal of more than 43 years ago. The surprise decision of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to resign,...

  • Donald Trump: Our naked emperor

    Donald Trump: Our naked emperor

    The president at the start of his second year in the Oval Office heads a Republican Party that controls all three branches of the federal government, including majorities in both houses of Congress. How can it be, then, that he was unable to prevent a shutdown of the whole machinery, especially...

  • Witcover: Right fight, wrong time for the Dreamers

    Witcover: Right fight, wrong time for the Dreamers

    In the fierce political struggle between the Republican defenders of the troops in the field and the Democrats defending the American immigrant "Dreamers," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell clearly and deftly outfoxed Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Mr. McConnell got the Senate to keep the...

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