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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. 

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Israel's prime minister delivered a sober reminder of the risks of dealing with Iran—and painted Obama as naive in the process.  

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As the cease-fire collapses, Obama cannot commit to the next course of action to counter Moscow. And he's running out of time.

Congress Returns With No Plan to Avoid Shutdown

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Obama Defiant After Judge Blocks Immigration Order

The White House was defiant Tuesday in the face of a Texas federal judge's order that suspended—at least temporarily—President Obama's sweeping executive action on immigration.

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Obama Pumps the Brakes (Again) on Ukraine

The president seemed to bend over backwards to show there was no rift with Germany about taking on Putin—if only to buy himself more time.  

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