Jules Witcover

Columnist

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  • Jules Witcover: Trump's lawyer rightly feared a perjury trap

    Jules Witcover: Trump's lawyer rightly feared a perjury trap

    Bob Woodward in his inside-the-White-House book, "Fear," explains why lawyer John Dowd resigned from President Donald Trump's defense team. It was, he writes, because "Dowd knew he could not bring himself to tell the president: 'You're a f---ing liar.' " The profane explanation summed up what Mr....

  • Trump's hurricane response delusion

    Trump's hurricane response delusion

    Consistent with his endless self-praise for his performance in office, President Donald Trump chose the arrival of Hurricane Florence as the occasion to give himself "an A-plus" in last year's Hurricane Maria assault on Puerto Rico. He has challenged the island government's assessment that nearly...

  • Witcover: Obama joins the midterm fray

    Witcover: Obama joins the midterm fray

    After more than 19 months on the political sidelines of the approaching midterm congressional battleground, former President Barack Obama has jumped in with both feet, rallying Democrats and other voters against Donald Trump. In what clearly has evolved as a litmus test on his Oval Office successor,...

  • Witcover: Nothing new about the press as enemy of the people

    Witcover: Nothing new about the press as enemy of the people

    Donald Trump is hardly the first national politician to play the "enemy of the people" card against the working press covering him, to rile up crowds of the faithful to a fever pitch. More than half a century ago, the late Democratic Alabama Gov. George Corley Wallace tirelessly worked that antagonistic...

  • Witcover: The twin messages of the McCain tributes

    Witcover: The twin messages of the McCain tributes

    Last week's extraordinary memorial services honoring the late Sen. John McCain in Arizona, the nation's capital and the Naval Academy were attended by three former presidents. But they also carried a largely unspoken rebuke to the sitting president uninvited to all of them. The prime focus obviously...

  • Witcover: 50 years ago in Chicago

    Witcover: 50 years ago in Chicago

    Half a century ago in Chicago, the Democratic National Convention nominated Vice President Hubert Humphrey for president. It occurred amid wild protests in the streets and in the convention hall against the Vietnam War, casting a pall over his election chances and the party itself. In what an investigation...

  • Witcover: On the loss of John McCain

    Witcover: On the loss of John McCain

    The death of John McCain at 81 leaves a huge void in the Senate, in the country and most importantly in the ranks of truth-tellers in American politics. As such, his passing is a particular loss to my news-business fraternity, which depends on his like to sort out the wheat from the chaff of chattering...

  • Witcover: Trump's self-defense goes from ludicrous to bonkers

    Witcover: Trump's self-defense goes from ludicrous to bonkers

    As Donald Trump labors to turn away the Justice Department's efforts to rein in his criminal behavior, he has now gone from to the bold to the ridiculous. His latest notion is that it should be illegal for prosecutors to induce the cooperation of canaries like his former fixer, Michael Cohen, who...

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