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Jules Witcover

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  • State of the union, at home and abroad

    WASHINGTON -- President Obama's first State of the Union address of his second term, following in the fashion of his second inaugural address, focused on the state of the nation at home: the need for more jobs and a revived middle class, as well as such...
  • GOP to showcase Rubio as new face of party

    WASHINGTON -- In the Republican Party's developing effort to put on a new face after last November's presidential defeat, the latest gesture is trotting out freshman Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida to deliver the GOP response to President Obama's State of the...
  • Where the buck still stops

    WASHINGTON -- A rare phenomenon occurred on Capitol Hill the other day when two ranking officials of the Obama administration testified that they had differed with the president they still served over providing arms to the rebels in Syria seeking to...
  • Obama and Rubio: A study in contrasts

    WASHINGTON -- The anticipated verbal duel Tuesday evening between President Obama and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida -- the former in his State of the Union Address and the latter in the official Republican response -- was an obvious mismatch....
  • An energized lame duck

    WASHINGTON -- It's sometimes said that a lame-duck president is a weakened leader from the first day of his last term. The two-term limit of the 22nd Amendment, imposed by wrathful Republicans in 1951 in response to FDR's breach of the George Washington...
  • On partisan echo chambers

    WASHINGTON -- There was a time when the lines between the practices of politics and journalism were clear-cut. Professional politicians did their thing, which was getting elected and getting others elected. Professional journalists did theirs, writing and...
  • Bringing California back

    WASHINGTON -- The state governor who once was America's youngest showed up at the National Governors Association meeting here this week as its oldest. Jerry Brown, who first served at age 38 as California's chief executive (1976-83), returned at age 74 in...
  • Obama's blunt challenge to Congress

    WASHINGTON -- Of all the words spoken, written about, broadcast, googled, tweeted or even just mused over in President Obama's State of the Union address, none were more pointedly delivered than the four in his direct appeal for tighter gun-control...
  • Fiscal trench warfare

    WASHINGTON -- As the clock ticks down on the sequester solution to the nation's budget mess, it's looking more and more like a descent into World War I trench warfare. The two partisan sides are dug in, declining to surrender inches of policy and...
  • Chuck Hagel survives

    WASHINGTON -- After all the thunder and lightning signifying nothing but more Republican obstructionism, former Sen. Chuck Hagel has taken over at the Pentagon, vowing a realistic approach to America's military role in the world. Not surprisingly, he...
  • Fiddling while Rome burns

    WASHINGTON -- Here are some of the run-ups to the current fiscal crisis threatening to rip holes in the fabric of American life and security as we know it: --A plunge over an imagined "fiscal cliff" is averted at the 11th hour, only to encounter a...