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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

The Surprised President

From domestic politics to foreign policy, Obama and his aides frequently appear overtaken or overwhelmed by events.

When Cash Turns Judges Into Politicians

In states like North Carolina, Supreme Court candidates have had to become more like partisan politicians.

GOP Can't Stop a Lame-Duck Attorney General Pick

Obama's nominee can get confirmed in December, though Republicans could exact revenge later.

Why Bad Polls Are Good for Business

At-risk Democrats are telling voters and the media two very different stories. 

Why Won't Democrats Talk About Obama's Fundraising?

The president and his party are less than transparent about campaign cash.

Obama's 'Year of Action' Becomes a Year of Fear

The public's nerves are rattled on everything from terrorism to immigration to Ebola—and that has created a political advantage for Republicans.

The Man Who Can Save Pat Roberts

Chris LaCivita has a reputation as an operative who will pull out all the stops to win. And that's just what the embattled senator might need right now.  

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The Surprised President

From domestic politics to foreign policy, Obama and his aides frequently appear overtaken or overwhelmed by events.

When Cash Turns Judges Into Politicians

In states like North Carolina, Supreme Court candidates have had to become more like partisan politicians.

GOP Can't Stop a Lame-Duck Attorney General Pick

Obama's nominee can get confirmed in December, though Republicans could exact revenge later.

Why Bad Polls Are Good for Business

At-risk Democrats are telling voters and the media two very different stories. 

Why Won't Democrats Talk About Obama's Fundraising?

The president and his party are less than transparent about campaign cash.

Obama's 'Year of Action' Becomes a Year of Fear

The public's nerves are rattled on everything from terrorism to immigration to Ebola—and that has created a political advantage for Republicans.

The Man Who Can Save Pat Roberts

Chris LaCivita has a reputation as an operative who will pull out all the stops to win. And that's just what the embattled senator might need right now.  

Show More from James Oliphant