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Michael Hirsh

Michael Hirsh Michael Hirsh is chief correspondent for National Journal. He also contributes to 2012 Decoded. Hirsh previously served as the senior editor and national economics correspondent for Newsweek, based in its Washington bureau. He was also Newsweek’s Washington web editor and authored a weekly column for Newsweek.com, “The World from Washington.” Earlier on, he was Newsweek’s foreign editor, guiding its award-winning coverage of the September 11 attacks and the war on terror. He has done on-the-ground reporting in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places around the world, and served as the Tokyo-based Asia Bureau Chief for Institutional Investor from 1992 to 1994. Hirsh has appeared many times as a commentator on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and National Public Radio. He has written for the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Harper’s, and Washington Monthly, and authored two books, Capital Offense: How Washington’s Wise Men Turned America’s Future over to Wall Street and At War with Ourselves: Why America Is Squandering its Chance to Build a Better World. Hirsh has received numerous awards, including the Overseas Press Club award for best magazine reporting from abroad in 2001 and for Newsweek’s coverage of the war on terror, which also won a National Magazine Award.
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Can Romney Really Lead?

July 10, 2012 It was one thing for Mitt Romney to pander to the GOP base while running in the primaries, as he took on a succession of would-be pretenders to the title of Great Red Hope. But now Romney is the presumptive nominee of his party--which makes him its leader, nominally--and yet...

Is 'smart regulation' not?

June 15, 2012 In regulation, as in most areas, the Obama administration wants you to believe it is bringing a revolution to government. Take hidden credit-card and airline fees, or the scores of medication plans available in Medicare Part D. Under current federal rules, consumers remain perplexed by the choices, while companies are...

Afghanistan commander: 'My sound bite is, we're being successful'

May 7, 2012 TARIN KOT, Afghanistan -- Gen. John Allen, commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, on Monday rejected statements made by the heads of the House and Senate Intelligence committees that the Taliban has grown stronger since President Obama’s surge of additional U.S. troops, and he suggested that “sound bites”...

Mission accomplished -- at last?

May 2, 2012 Let’s be clear: Flying abruptly to Kabul to announce that the end “is now within our reach” against a backdrop of military vehicles on the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death is nothing like landing on a carrier bearing a “Mission Accomplished” banner to say you’ve whupped the Iraqis. Or...

Analysis: One year after bin Laden's death, a new world

April 27, 2012 If Osama bin Laden were still alive today, one year after he was killed in a U.S. raid, he would hardly recognize the world he knew. Nor would he see the supposed "clash of civilizations" that he tried so hard to foment over two decades of violent jihad. Instead bin...

Biden: Most powerful VP ever?

April 26, 2012 Joe Biden was never much good when it came to running for the top job. In fact, he was a disaster. Back in 1988, Biden dropped out ignominiously amid allegations of plagiarism. In 2008, when he thought he’d be a real contender after spending 36 years in the Senate, Biden...

Obama economic team goes on offense

April 16, 2012 Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Gene Sperling, the Obama administration’s two top economic officials, went on the offensive against Mitt Romney and the Republicans on Sunday, ridiculing the presumptive GOP nominee’s statements and defending the president’s record on jobs, growth and tax reform. But the two took different approaches on...

Shootings likely to upend Afghanistan strategy

March 12, 2012 Recent events in Afghanistan, including Sunday’s horrific shooting of Afghan civilians by a U.S. soldier, are not just going to alter U.S. strategy there. They are very likely to upend it. Even before the latest tragedy, President Obama was trying to expedite his way out of that quagmire, which is...

Gingrich would tap John Bolton for secretary of State

December 7, 2011 If he gets elected president, Newt Gingrich already has one certain battle with Congress on his hands: confirming his just-announced pick to be secretary of State, John Bolton, whom Senate Democrats filibustered in 2005, forcing George W. Bush to give him a recess appointment as ambassador to the United Nations....

Analysis: Obama’s Economy -- or Not?

August 15, 2011 President Obama was eager to meet real, suffering Americans in the troubled Midwest, and when he got there he promised "to do everything" he could to address the economic crisis that he had "inherited," one that he said was "as deep and as dire as any since the Great Depression."...

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