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Jules Witcover

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  • Jules Witcover: Deniability becoming a problem for Obama

    WASHINGTON -- Probably not since Claude Rains as Police Capt. Louis Renault in "Casablanca" claimed he was "shocked, shocked" to learn gambling was going on in Rick's Café has there been a more celebrated a case of deniability than the defense of...
  • Obamacare: Milestone or a millstone for the president?

    WASHINGTON -- Just as the Nixon White House tapes have been for years "the gift that keeps on giving" for the Democrats, Obamacare seems destined to be a recurring basis for political mischief by the Republicans. While the GOP seriously damaged its brand...
  • GOP fights on against Obamacare, at its peril

    WASHINGTON -- In the wake of the public uproar over the government shutdown, Democratic hopes for recapturing control of the House of Representatives next year have risen sharply. The party need to pick up 17 seats, and the main question is whether the...
  • Witcover: Obamacare incompetence puts president's legacy in peril

    WASHINGTON -- In some important ways, the last month or so has seen some impressive advances for President Obama. Under ordinary circumstances, his success so far at staring down Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad over chemical weapons and then his rebuff of...
  • Witcover: What McCarthyism can teach us about Cruzism

    WASHINGTON -- In the wake of President Obama's emphatic victory over the ultraconservatives determined to kill his Affordable Care Act, he has as much interest as moderate Republicans do in seeing these ideological zealots cut down to size. Obama has...
  • Iowa Poll on 2016 presidential race an occasion for fantasy politics

    WASHINGTON -- Three years before the next presidential election, Republican also-rans are making noises about trying again. The most conspicuous is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucuses in 2008 but quickly faded and pivoted to...
  • Bob Dole still doling out good advice

    WASHINGTON--The famous Douglas MacArthur line that "old soldiers never die, they just fade away" certainly doesn't apply, not yet anyway, to World War II combat hero and later Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole. Now age 90 but still going strong,...
  • Obama reaping a long-awaited backbone bonus

    WASHINGTON -- It may have been a long time coming, but President Obama's decision to stand up to the obstructionists in Congress that led to the 16-day government shutdown in October has begun to pay off. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan,...
  • Mandela and Obama: Two paths to power

    WASHINGTON -- Seldom does the death of a foreign leader touch the hearts and conscience of Americans as did the passing at age 95 of Nelson Mandela, who suffered, struggled and eventually led South Africa out of the scourge of racial apartheid and became,...
  • Is Obama equipped to tackle income inequality?

    WASHINGTON -- Even as President Obama continued to cheerlead for his beleaguered health-care insurance law, he pivoted sharply the other day to a broader agenda he says will govern the remaining three years of his presidency: combating income inequality....
  • Obama's fate and legacy

    WASHINGTON -- When American presidents leave office, they hope they will have left behind a legacy of good works earning history's good judgment. Some, like Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and FDR, achieve that distinction, but most others fall short in...
  • Kibitzers seek to mess with the presidential debates

    WASHINGTON -- One of the best features of our quadrennial presidential campaigns is the series of debates between the major party nominees, plus another between their running mates. Voters tune in the by millions and get a better look at them than they...