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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's Forging His Own Reality

By issuing his sweeping order on immigration, the president has decided to view political failure as a mandate for pushing through Democratic priorities.

Pipeline Politics Dominate Pre-Thanksgiving Action in Congress

After the House passed a measure authorizing completion of the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, the Senate will take up the legislation Tuesday.

Move to Authorize Force Against ISIS Unlikely in Lame Duck

The White House has invited Congress to formally authorize strikes in Iraq and Syria, but neither branch appears eager to make the first move.

After the Wave, Obama and GOP Leaders Begin Testing Each Other

The White House and Congress are already weighing when to compromise and when to fight.

Face It, Obama Is a Lousy Politician

The president's skill set didn't match up well with an election that prized extremes over nuance and sound bites over explanations. He paid the price. 

How Does Clinton Overcome Obama?

Her biggest problem won't be age, her campaign strategy, or GOP attacks. It will be that many voters lack faith in government.

Does Joe Biden Have a Future?

In the state where his last run turned to dust, the vice president faces a decision on 2016.

Show More from James Oliphant

Obama's Forging His Own Reality

By issuing his sweeping order on immigration, the president has decided to view political failure as a mandate for pushing through Democratic priorities.

Pipeline Politics Dominate Pre-Thanksgiving Action in Congress

After the House passed a measure authorizing completion of the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, the Senate will take up the legislation Tuesday.

Move to Authorize Force Against ISIS Unlikely in Lame Duck

The White House has invited Congress to formally authorize strikes in Iraq and Syria, but neither branch appears eager to make the first move.

After the Wave, Obama and GOP Leaders Begin Testing Each Other

The White House and Congress are already weighing when to compromise and when to fight.

Face It, Obama Is a Lousy Politician

The president's skill set didn't match up well with an election that prized extremes over nuance and sound bites over explanations. He paid the price. 

How Does Clinton Overcome Obama?

Her biggest problem won't be age, her campaign strategy, or GOP attacks. It will be that many voters lack faith in government.

Does Joe Biden Have a Future?

In the state where his last run turned to dust, the vice president faces a decision on 2016.

Show More from James Oliphant