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Jules Witcover

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  • U.S. torture was illegal, but nobody is likely to be punished

    WASHINGTON -- In a rare case of editorial initiative, the New York Times editorial board has flatly called for an investigation of former Vice President Dick Cheney and other prominent George W. Bush administration figures involved in authorship of the...
  • Afghan War is over, except that it's not

    WASHINGTON -- In a ceremony in Kabul Sunday, the U.S. commander of the NATO forces in Afghanistan grandly proclaimed the "end" of the 13-year combat mission against the Taliban and other terrorist foes. But in doing so, he emphasized that NATO personnel...
  • CIA strikes back after the Senate torture report

    WASHINGTON -- There has been much gnashing of teeth over the Senate Intelligence Committee's report documenting use of "enhanced intelligence techniques," widely labeled as torture, that were approved in the George W. Bush presidency and then outlawed...
  • The shape of things to come in Congress

    WASHINGTON -- The cost President Obama was willing to pay to avert another government shutdown -- wiping out protections against the sorts of financial excesses that greatly contributed to the Great Recession -- risks a divisive final two years of his...
  • On torture, Obama content to leave dispute 'in the past'

    WASHINGTON -- Upon release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the George W. Bush administration's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" on captured al-Qaida suspects, two prominent American figures stoutly defended the practice --...
  • In 2016, voters might have to choose between two dynasties

    WASHINGTON -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's candid interest in seeking the presidency in 2016 raises skepticism about whether the voters would vote for a third Bush in the Oval office. It's based in part on the view, among Democrats anyway, that his...
  • Will new Congress intensify partisan strife?

    WASHINGTON -- With barely a week to go before another government shutdown could be upon us, the Republican leaders in Congress vow it won't happen this time. They have been huddling over ways to avert it, while other congressional Republicans plot other...
  • Taxes still fund 'perpetual war footing,' at home and abroad

    WASHINGTON -- Two disparate news items caught my eye recently that demonstrate how our government can act in ways that mystify and anger the taxpayers who support it with their hard-earned money. The first was the report from the new prime minister of...
  • New enemy, another presidential war

    WASHINGTON--Ever since George W. Bush in 2002 began driving up public frenzy for his invasion of Iraq on trumped-up justifications a year later, Congress's constitutional role to declare war has continued to be cold-shouldered. Then, Bush relied on an...
  • The Senate torture report, Bush and Obama

    WASHINGTON -- The Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, released a report Tuesday condemning the use of torture on detainees, claiming it entailed far more brutal conduct than the "enhanced interrogation techniques" previously...
  • Lincoln's vice-presidential switch changed history

    CHICAGO--The other day I found myself at the famous Abraham Lincoln Bookshop here, talking about my latest effort, a history on the evolution of the American vice presidency. The visit brought to mind a little-discussed Lincoln story in the book that I...