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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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Obama Goes Cowboy on Cuba

Opening up relations with the Communist government is the latest signal that this president will push his authority to its fullest, believing history will vindicate him.

Loretta Lynch Versus the Goodfellas

Did the attorney general nominee crack an infamous unsolved case?

House Narrowly Approves Massive Spending Bill

After a day of drama, the chamber passed a $1 trillion bill to keep the government running and sent it to the Senate.

Obama and the GOP Don't Get Along. Enter Joe Biden.

The vice president can take advantage of strong relationships with the Senate GOP, but only "if they let him loose."

Torture Isn't Going to Stand Between Obama and the CIA

The report details horrendous acts, but Americans still expect to be protected. 

The Final Goal of the 113th Congress: Keep the Government Open

Members will race to finish omnibus, defense bill, and key nominations before adjournment.

Loretta Lynch Walks the Thin Blue Line

The AG nominee has one police brutality case on her plate and soon could have another. What her past experience says about how she might handle them.

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