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

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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.  

The Neverending Campaign

Explaining Obama's terrible political summer.

The White House Is Spoiling for a Fight on Immigration

President Obama seems determined to push the GOP as far as he can, even if some Democrats pay the price. 

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The president who vowed to withdraw sets limits on a return mission.  

Why Obama Saying 'Torture' Matters

On Friday, the president went further than Senate Intelligence in harshly characterizing CIA abuses, making a powerful statement in the process.  

How Can Republicans Blunt Hillary Clinton's Foreign Policy Edge?

It's been years since Democrats held a national security advantage in a presidential race. If Clinton runs, the GOP will be scrambling to take it away.  

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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.  

The Neverending Campaign

Explaining Obama's terrible political summer.

The White House Is Spoiling for a Fight on Immigration

President Obama seems determined to push the GOP as far as he can, even if some Democrats pay the price. 

How Obama Brings America Back Into Iraq

The president who vowed to withdraw sets limits on a return mission.  

Why Obama Saying 'Torture' Matters

On Friday, the president went further than Senate Intelligence in harshly characterizing CIA abuses, making a powerful statement in the process.  

How Can Republicans Blunt Hillary Clinton's Foreign Policy Edge?

It's been years since Democrats held a national security advantage in a presidential race. If Clinton runs, the GOP will be scrambling to take it away.  

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