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Jules Witcover

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  • Witcover: The last time I saw Paris

    Witcover: The last time I saw Paris

    Nearly 18 years ago, my wife and I were in Versailles, about to tour that iconic palace, when French television showed the infamous destruction of New York's Twin Towers skyscrapers by two hijacked commercial aircraft. All of Paris was plunged into mourning for the tragic death of nearly 3,000...

  • Witcover: Time to abolish the Electoral College

    Witcover: Time to abolish the Electoral College

    In recent days, at least three 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have called for getting rid of the Electoral College. In 2016, it handed the Oval Office to Donald Trump even though he lost the national popular vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million ballots. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of...

  • Witcover: Biden's awkward 2020 start, and prospects for rebounding

    Witcover: Biden's awkward 2020 start, and prospects for rebounding

    Former Vice President Joe Biden, apparently on the verge of entering the 2020 Democratic presidential race, stubbed his toe by joking about the allegations of several women that he invaded their personal space. Mr. Biden, a warm and gregarious public schmoozer all his life, chose in defending himself...

  • Witcover: America's pre-existing health condition: Donald Trump

    Witcover: America's pre-existing health condition: Donald Trump

    President Trump in a recent conversion now wants to make his Republicans "the party of health care." But first, he says, it must try again to kill Obamacare, a task the Republican Party has attempted repeatedly with no success. Before attempting that effort, it would seem wise to come up with a...

  • Witcover: Barr's hijacking of the Mueller report riles investigators

    Witcover: Barr's hijacking of the Mueller report riles investigators

    One of the widely praised features of the Office of the Special Counsel under Robert Mueller was that throughout its 22-month investigation of the Trump administration it was leak-proof. But now its circumspection has been breached by unidentified staffers who are fed up with Attorney General William...

  • Witcover: Biden answers accusation of inappropriate touching

    Witcover: Biden answers accusation of inappropriate touching

    Former Vice President Joe Biden, widely believed to be on the cusp of entering the 2020 presidential campaign, has issued a carefully crafted response to a female Democratic politician's allegation that he behaved improperly in a 2014 encounter. Lucy Flores, a Nevada state legislator and onetime...

  • Witcover: Trump wins the waiting game, for now

    Witcover: Trump wins the waiting game, for now

    A key to President Trump's apparent escape from the clutches of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation was his simple refusal to testify under oath. He thereby dodged the "perjury trap" his lawyers warned about. Consequently, although Mr. Trump lied daily like a trooper on all manner of...

  • Witcover: Can the Grand Old Party survive Trump?

    Witcover: Can the Grand Old Party survive Trump?

    Donald Trump's legal but destructive hijacking of the Oval Office has taken the Republican Party with it. The party of Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Reagan is now a mere shadow of the former bastion of economic and moral conservatism that once had a leavening effect on the nation's...

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