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James Oliphant

James Oliphant James Oliphant has covered politics, government, and legal affairs for most of his journalism career. Before joining National Journal, he was a correspondent covering the 2012 presidential campaign for the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, and also worked as a congressional and legal affairs reporter for those newspapers.
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Wednesday's Paris Attack Is an Assault on American Values

January 7, 2015 If a bleary-eyed America, still finding its second gear after the holidays, needed a fresh reminder that a global war continues to rage mostly away from its shores, it came early Wednesday morning with news of a daylight assault on a Paris newspaper office that killed at least 12, including ...

2015 Will Be a Year of Reaction for the President

January 5, 2015 President Obama began last year vowing to use his pen to get things done. He opens this one pledging to wield it to stop legislation in its tracks. The difference is the new Republican Congress. It throws the president, for his final two years in office, into the role of ...

Barack Obama Had a Really Terrible Year

December 30, 2014 You can make a compelling case that 2014 was the worst year for President Obama since, well, the year before. And, in fact, the president spent much of this year trying to recover from some body blows he took in the final months of 2013, when, in short order, Congress ...

Joe Biden Comes to Fix Fissures Between Obama and Republicans

December 12, 2014 Democrats' dramatic loss of the Senate in November may have made one of their own an unlikely winner—Joe Biden. But it remains to be seen whether the White House will let him off the bench and into the game. The vice president sits in a unique position to serve as ...

The Torture Report Isn't Going to Stand Between the President and the CIA

December 10, 2014 The government on Tuesday formally washed its hands of the dark days after 2001, when the Bush administration and Central Intelligence Agency went to extreme lengths to prevent another traumatizing attack. The declassified, redacted report by the Senate Intelligence Committee relates, at times in sickening detail, the abusive practices used ...

Despite Torture Report, Obama Is Standing By the CIA

December 9, 2014 The government on Tuesday formally washed its hands of the dark days after 2001, when the Bush administration and Central Intelligence Agency went to extreme lengths to prevent another traumatizing attack. The declassified, redacted report by the Senate Intelligence Committee relates, at times in sickening detail, the abusive practices used ...

Move to Authorize Force Against ISIS Unlikely in Lame Duck

November 13, 2014 Congress has been given its most explicit invitation yet from the White House to authorize the military strikes against Islamic State forces in Syria and Iraq, but whether lawmakers will seize the opportunity to reclaim their war-making power is another matter. It seems almost certain that nothing will be done ...

How Does Clinton Overcome Obama?

October 31, 2014 If Hillary Clinton forges ahead and runs for president, she'll be facing an electorate more disillusioned and more cynical than the one she faced before—and one perhaps less likely to respond to her message. For that, she can thank the current president, Barack Obama. And it won't simply be because ...

Obama Wants His Staff To Be More 'Hands On' in National Security Crises

October 21, 2014 President Obama is shocked, we are told. He's "visibly angry" over the government's response to the domestic Ebola threat. A report in The New York Times over the weekend portrayed the president as a frustrated chief executive, directing federal officials to be more "hands on" and to be more on ...

GOP Can't Stop a Lame-Duck AG Pick

October 17, 2014 The White House had every incentive in the world to kick the naming of a new attorney general until after the midterm elections and almost no reason not to. The simple fact of the matter is this: Senate Republicans can holler about how President Obama will be ramming his pick ...