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Jules Witcover

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  • Witcover: Socialism, then and now

    Witcover: Socialism, then and now

    President Trump drew cheers and applause from the right-field bleachers at his State of the Union speech when he declared: "We renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country." It was a softer retread of the old Joe McCarthy war on communism that enflamed this nation in the 1950s,...

  • Witcover: Bezos' gutsy pushback against gossip journalism

    Witcover: Bezos' gutsy pushback against gossip journalism

    Jeff Bezos, owner of The Washington Post and said to be the world's richest man, has accused the gossip-mongering National Enquirer of attempted extortion and revealed details from his own extramarital affair rather than allowing the Enquirer to smear him with them. Mr. Bezos, in a statement reported...

  • Witcover: A crack in Senate Republican solidarity behind Trump

    Witcover: A crack in Senate Republican solidarity behind Trump

    Are Senate Republicansfinally stirring themselves from their stupor over President Donald Trump's reckless Middle East foreign policy? The recent resounding 68-23 Senate vote for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's amendment rebuking the president over pulling out U.S. troops from Syria and...

  • Witcover: Howard Schultz for what?

    Witcover: Howard Schultz for what?

    Does retired Starbucks coffee impresario founder Howard Schultz really believe the country is ready for another billionaire business tycoon for president, when it already is overdosed on Donald Trump? Asking this question certainly does not suggest Mr. Schultz is in any way the national peril posed...

  • Witcover: Trump doubles down on political disaster

    Witcover: Trump doubles down on political disaster

    Having already blundered into self-inflicted political damage, President Trump seems poised to repeat himself in threatening a second government shutdown over his continued insistence that a southern border wall be built. In a Sunday interview with the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Trump said that issuing...

  • Witcover: Early epidemic of Democratic presidential hopefuls

    Witcover: Early epidemic of Democratic presidential hopefuls

    In the first days of January 1960, Democratic Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts declared his candidacy for president, nearly a year before the actual balloting. This year, at least half a dozen hopefuls have already signed on for what promises to be an exhausting and costly fight for the office...

  • Witcover: BuzzFeed's 'scoop' opens press to more credibility challenges

    Witcover: BuzzFeed's 'scoop' opens press to more credibility challenges

    A rare rebuff by the Justice Department's Special Counsel's Office to a BuzzFeed report on President Donald Trump -- calling it "not accurate" -- has raised the stakes in the president's war on the press as "the enemy of the people." The spokesman for Robert Mueller's investigation into Mr. Trump's...

  • Witcover: Question of Trump's incompetence comes to the fore

    Witcover: Question of Trump's incompetence comes to the fore

    President Donald Trump's decision to hold firm on his government shutdown to get Congress to bankroll his southern border wall makes a mockery of his reputation as a great deal-maker. All he has achieved is confirmation of his incompetence in governance. His ineptness in coping with House Speaker...

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