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James Oliphant

White House Correspondent

joliphant@nationaljournal.com

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

When Does It Make Sense to Make Voters Mad?

Democrats are giving Republicans a run for their money in practicing the politics of grievance.

Obama's Real Job: Fundraiser in Chief

The Supreme Court's latest campaign finance decision is going to put even more pressure on the president to spend time chasing cash.

Obama Begins to Say Good-Bye

Channeling LBJ, the president made it clear he expects history to render a better judgment on his performance than the public.

Is Obama a 'Reverse Reagan'?

The president's policies are more popular than he is—which means this time, it's personal.

How the Right Hijacked Arizona

Ultraconservatives have seized the state's Legislature—and the middle-of-the-road electorate has only its own apathy to blame.

Inside the Knife Rights Movement

Having gained so much ground in easing gun restrictions, conservatives now want to roll back limits on knives, which can be just as lethal.  

Can Hillary Clinton Bring White Men Back?

It matters, for her and the entire Democratic Party.

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When Does It Make Sense to Make Voters Mad?

Democrats are giving Republicans a run for their money in practicing the politics of grievance.

Obama's Real Job: Fundraiser in Chief

The Supreme Court's latest campaign finance decision is going to put even more pressure on the president to spend time chasing cash.

Obama Begins to Say Good-Bye

Channeling LBJ, the president made it clear he expects history to render a better judgment on his performance than the public.

Is Obama a 'Reverse Reagan'?

The president's policies are more popular than he is—which means this time, it's personal.

How the Right Hijacked Arizona

Ultraconservatives have seized the state's Legislature—and the middle-of-the-road electorate has only its own apathy to blame.

Inside the Knife Rights Movement

Having gained so much ground in easing gun restrictions, conservatives now want to roll back limits on knives, which can be just as lethal.  

Can Hillary Clinton Bring White Men Back?

It matters, for her and the entire Democratic Party.

Show More from James Oliphant