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  • Jules Witcover: Biden unfairly denigrated in presidential contention

    WASHINGTON -- In the already tiresome guessing game of whether or not Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016, there's a wide assumption among Democrats that the nomination is hers for the asking. One apparent rationale is that the party has no one...
  • Congressional old guard retires, leaving calcified partisanship in place

    WASHINGTON -- The trend of abandoning Congress continues as its longest-serving member, Democratic Rep. John Dingell Jr. of Michigan, former chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has announced he will retire. He is going out with a bang,...
  • Republicans eye Ohio

    WASHINGTON -- While other Republicans zero in on November's midterm congressional elections in the hope of derailing the Obama presidency, the GOP National Committee is busy making plans for its 2016 national convention. Seven cities are finalists to host...
  • A more realistic president?

    WASHINGTON--As President Obama embarks on his sixth year in the Oval Office, he does so with a greater reality of the political equation he faces, as clearly demonstrated the other night in his State of the Union address. The freshman chief executive...
  • Obama's cool-headedness is diplomacy, not appeasement

    WASHINGTON -- To hear some American hawks talk about President Obama's reaction to the Russian move into Crimea, you'd think he's grabbed Neville Chamberlain's umbrella of appeasement and rushed off to Munich. But Obama's response to Russian President...
  • What makes Jerry run?

    WASHINGTON -- At age 75, Gov. Jerry Brown, California's onetime political wunderkind, has just announced his candidacy for a fourth term. After three long-ago failed presidential bids, it's not that he's given up the notion of someday occupying the...
  • Christie back in form, but Trafficgate cloud lingers

    WASHINGTON -- Gov. Chris Christie, beleaguered back in New Jersey and in the national media over the scandal of contrived traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge, unveiled his strategy for putting his 2016 presidential aspirations back on track the...
  • Remembering Joe McGinniss, chronicler of presidential image making

    WASHINGTON -- In the history of presidential campaign books, Theodore H. White's "The Making of the President" series in the 1960s set the standard for inside-the- campaign books to follow. He combined unique access and a sweeping view of the process to...
  • Are Democrats looking beyond Obama?

    WASHINGTON -- Democratic strategists were particularly dismayed at the loss of their congressional candidate, Alex Sink, in Tuesday's special election in Florida's 13th congressional district, fearing it might be seen as foretelling doom for the Obama...
  • His cool gone, Obama needs to show competence

    WASHINGTON -- Until recently, one thing about Barack Obama that voters could count on was his coolness -- that through all tribulation he would remain unflappable and steadfast. He was notably able to retain his composure in the face of unremitting...
  • The fateful politics of November 22, 1963

    WASHINGTON -- Among the greatest ironies of President John F. Kennedy's fateful visit to Texas in late November 1963 was that it was a political mission to resolve a rift among Texas Democrats looking toward his own re-election bid in 1964. The chief...