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Michael Hirsh

Chief Correspondent

mhirsh@nationaljournal.com

Michael Hirsh is chief correspondent for National Journal. Hirsh previously served as the senior editor and national economics correspondent for Newsweek, based in its Washington bureau. He was also Newsweek’s Washington web editor and authored a weekly column for Newsweek.com, “The World from Washington.” Earlier on, he was Newsweek’s foreign editor, guiding its award-winning coverage of the September 11 attacks and the war on terror. He has done on-the-ground reporting in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places around the world, and served as the Tokyo-based Asia Bureau Chief for Institutional Investor from 1992 to 1994.

Hirsh has appeared many times as a commentator on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and National Public Radio. He has written for the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Harper’s, and Washington Monthly, and authored two books, Capital Offense: How Washington’s Wise Men Turned America’s Future over to Wall Street and At War with Ourselves: Why America Is Squandering its Chance to Build a Better World. Hirsh has received numerous awards, including the Overseas Press Club award for best magazine reporting from abroad in 2001 and for Newsweek’s coverage of the war on terror, which also won a National Magazine Award.

 

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Latest From Michael Hirsh

Washington Quietly Applauds Leaders in Afghan Election

Though results are still being counted, the biggest vote talliers are favorites of U.S. officials.

Why There Is Real Hope for Afghanistan

Strong presidential candidates and an election largely free of violence suggest a less dire future than many predict.

Wrestling With Putin

The last two decades of Russia policy have yielded terrible results. Are there any good options left?

Can Obama Still Be 'Leader of the Free World'?

Even Reagan might have a problem dominating the stage these days.

In Ukraine as in Syria, the 'Obama Doctrine' Rules: No Military Aid

The president won't arm Ukraine or use U.S. forces despite Russian troop deployment.

How Ukraine Will Turbocharge America's Energy Future

The new chill with Russia and chronic instability in the Mideast point to increasing bipartisan support for the U.S. to become an 'energy superpower.'   

A New 'Cool War' With Russia Is About to Begin

Washington and Moscow have already crossed a point of no return: Get ready for retaliatory moves across the globe.  

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Washington Quietly Applauds Leaders in Afghan Election

Though results are still being counted, the biggest vote talliers are favorites of U.S. officials.

Wrestling With Putin

The last two decades of Russia policy have yielded terrible results. Are there any good options left?

Can Obama Still Be 'Leader of the Free World'?

Even Reagan might have a problem dominating the stage these days.

In Ukraine as in Syria, the 'Obama Doctrine' Rules: No Military Aid

The president won't arm Ukraine or use U.S. forces despite Russian troop deployment.

How Ukraine Will Turbocharge America's Energy Future

The new chill with Russia and chronic instability in the Mideast point to increasing bipartisan support for the U.S. to become an 'energy superpower.'   

A New 'Cool War' With Russia Is About to Begin

Washington and Moscow have already crossed a point of no return: Get ready for retaliatory moves across the globe.  

Hillary Clinton Steps Away From Obama on Foreign Policy

She rolls out tough rhetoric on Russia as the president treads lightly with Putin.

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