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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. He is a former editor-in-chief of Legal Times in Washington, where he also won awards for feature writing, and has been a contributing editor to American Lawyer magazine.  He began his career as a staff writer for the Miami Daily Business Review in Miami, Fla., where, as he likes to say, he lived on South Beach before it was cool. He holds a J.D. from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. 

Latest From James Oliphant

Obama Tells Europe to Step Up on Russia

It was clear from the president's remarks about Ukraine that he now expects greater help from European allies in countering Putin. 

Why Won't Obama Call These Kids Refugees?

The White House's rhetoric on the border crisis has frustrated advocates, who see the president as playing into the hands of the GOP.  

Obama's Texas Two-Step

Instead of focusing on the plight of children massed at the border, the president seems more intent on shifting blame and scoring political points against the GOP.   

Why Isn't Obama Going to the Border?

The president will be raising money in Texas, but doesn't plan to see the migrant crisis for himself. His critics will have a field day.  

If Obama Wants to Save Iraq, He'll Have to Get His Hands Dirty

The president likes things clean and surgical, he likes exit strategies and limited commitments. If Iraq is to be saved, he may have to get over that.

Welcome to the White House's Nightmare

Already swamped by domestic and foreign crises, Obama finds that even his self-proclaimed successes are at risk. That's just about the last thing he needs now.

Is a U.S. Airstrike in Iraq Legal?

For a White House that claims to hold the rule of law above all else, it's an important question. But Obama's inconsistent foreign policy makes it a tough one to answer.  

Show More from James Oliphant

Obama Tells Europe to Step Up on Russia

It was clear from the president's remarks about Ukraine that he now expects greater help from European allies in countering Putin. 

Why Won't Obama Call These Kids Refugees?

The White House's rhetoric on the border crisis has frustrated advocates, who see the president as playing into the hands of the GOP.  

Obama's Texas Two-Step

Instead of focusing on the plight of children massed at the border, the president seems more intent on shifting blame and scoring political points against the GOP.   

Why Isn't Obama Going to the Border?

The president will be raising money in Texas, but doesn't plan to see the migrant crisis for himself. His critics will have a field day.  

If Obama Wants to Save Iraq, He'll Have to Get His Hands Dirty

The president likes things clean and surgical, he likes exit strategies and limited commitments. If Iraq is to be saved, he may have to get over that.

Welcome to the White House's Nightmare

Already swamped by domestic and foreign crises, Obama finds that even his self-proclaimed successes are at risk. That's just about the last thing he needs now.

Is a U.S. Airstrike in Iraq Legal?

For a White House that claims to hold the rule of law above all else, it's an important question. But Obama's inconsistent foreign policy makes it a tough one to answer.  

Show More from James Oliphant