John Harwood is chief Washington correspondent for CNBC and a political writer for The New York Times. He writes the weekly column "Political Memo" for the paper.
Harwood was born in Louisville, Ky., and grew up in the Maryland suburbs outside of the nation's capital. He has been around journalism and politics all his life; his first trip on a presidential campaign press plane came when he was 11 years old and accompanied his father, then a political reporter for The Washington Post.
While still in high school, he began his journalism career as a copy boy at The Washington Star. He studied history and economics at Duke University and graduated magna cum laude in 1978. Harwood subsequently joined The St. Petersburg Times, reporting on police, investigative projects, local government and politics. Later he became state capital correspondent in Tallahassee, Washington correspondent and political editor. While covering national politics, he also traveled extensively to South Africa, where he covered deepening unrest against the apartheid regime.
In 1989, Harwood was named a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where he spent the 1989-90 academic year. In 1991, he joined The Wall Street Journal as White House correspondent, covering the administration of the George H. W. Bush. Later Harwood reported on Congress. In 1997, he became The Wall Street Journal's Political Editor and chief political correspondent.
While at The Wall Street Journal, Harwood wrote the newspaper's political column, "Washington Wire," and oversaw the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. In March 2006, he joined CNBC as chief Washington correspondent.
In addition to CNBC, Harwood offers political analysis on NBC's "Meet the Press" and PBS' "Washington Week in Review," among other television and radio programs. Harwood has covered each of the last five presidential elections.
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The tax debate is sharpening. The John Edwards' campaign tells me he'll deliver a speech in Iowa tomorrow on tax policy changes to make the IRS code reward "work, not wealth" in a greater way than it does now. Details come in Des Moines tomorrow morning--just as Bush Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson is holding a conference on the need to cut corporate taxes to spur the economy.
As Robert Palmer might sing it, 'we might as well face it, the Democratic presidential candidates are addicted to war.' Which is another way of saying that Iraq, the issue that has most driven down President Bush's popularity, is driving the debate in the Democratic debate as well. The economy is not.
The sound of marching military cadets is not normally considered the Democratic theme song. That makes the scene here in Charleston,SC, hours before the Democratic presidential candidates debate on the campus of The Citadel, decidedly out of the ordinary. But then there's nothing ordinary about this debate. In an attempt to link an old political format to new technology, questions will be posed to the candidates via YouTube.
As candidates approach the fall stretch run of the 2008 presidential nomination races, candidate debates are increasingly important for the second-tier candidates struggling to stay alive. Among Republicans, former Gov. Jim Gilmore of Virginia has already dropped out. Former Gov. Mike of Arkansas, Sen. of Kansas, and former Bush Cabinet Secretary Tommy Thompson face increasing pressure to raise enough donations to keep their campaigns alive in competition with better known and better financed rivals.
Senate Democrats' fruitless effort to force a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq this week carries a side lesson for everyone on Wall Street watching other parts of the Washington political agenda. The lesson? From hedge fund taxes to energy legislation to expansion of government-financed health care, it appears that the domestic policy phase of the Bush presidency is pretty well over.
In mimicking Robert F. Kennedy's 1967 tour through impoverished American communities, John Edwards strikes a resonant chord with me. My father covered that Kennedy trip for the Washington Post. A photo from that experience hangs on the wall in the kitchen of my family home. But is he the Bobby Kennedy of the 2008 presidential race?
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Curbing spending has become the new centerpiece of John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign--but not in the way the Arizona senator had hoped. Faced with lagging donations and down to just $2-million in cash, the one-time front-runner has laid off one third of his staff. That includes his top economics adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin. As former head of the Congressional Budget Office, Holtz-Eakin has underscored McCain's political appeal to economic conservatives; that he has the record and commitment to curb runaway federal spending.
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