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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On stage just before our debate yesterday, we had one of those classic moments that mocked the egos and pretentions of those of us in the world of politicians and television. Those of us questioning the candidates -- my CNBC colleague Maria Bartiromo, MSNBC's Chris Matthews, my longtime Wall Street Journal colleague Jerry Seib, and me -- had been introduced to the crowd at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. Then the Republican candidates strode onto the stage.
In recent history, Democrats have been the party of disorder and confusion in the ranks. To their House of Commons, Republicans have been the House of Lords. That has typically meant an orderly line of succession, with one establishment candidate after the other stepping up to claim their chance at the presidential prize: Ronald Reagan in 1980, his vice president George Bush in 1988, Bob Dole in 1996, the younger George Bush in 2000.
Don't miss the CNBC/MSNBC/WSJ sponsored GOP presidential debate next Tuesday from Dearborn, Michigan. The two hour debate will be live on CNBC-TV and streaming on CNBC.com starting at 4p EST. I'll be one of the panelists asking the questions and we'll also have live blogging so you'll get minute by minute coverage of what's going on behind the scenes.
That Republican sigh of relief I mentioned a few minutes ago--it's gone now. Stunningly, Idaho's Larry Craig has put out a statement saying he'll trying to keep his Senate seat, "I have seen that it is possible for me to work here effectively," he said.
So, what does this rising anti-trade sentiment mean for Republican politicians--and Democratic ones, for that matter? It's tricky because, rhetoric aside, most economists and elected officials in both parties in fact DO believe free trade offers the best path to economic growth in a global economy.
So why has this decline in GOP free trade sentiment occurred? Think back to 1992, with Pat Buchanan and Ross Perot both ran for president as populists from the right. Since then, "there’s been a steady erosion in Republican support for free trade," says former Rep. Vin Weber, now an adviser to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
I've seen a lot of opinion polling, but my jaw dropped when I saw this result from our special NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll of Republicans in advance of next week's presidential candidate debate sponsored by CNBC, MSNBC and the WSJ.
The Arizona senator was counted out earlier this year after public discontent with Iraq and immigration reform knocked him off his front-runner's perch. When I'd see him in Washington, McCain himself would acknowledge the damage. But don't count him out yet.
The decision by Newt Gingrich to bypass the 2008 presidential race means the fields in both parties are set--at least for now. I wasn't surprised by Gingrich's decision; since talking with him at a press breakfast a couple of weeks ago, I didn't expect his exploratory effort to result in a "Go", though I did expect it to last longer than just a few days.
Call it "romancing the truth" or hyperbole, but whatever you say on Shark Tank, the Sharks will always catch you in a lie.
It's not just about the numbers or the product -- it's about chemistry.
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Tim Love takes us behind the scenes at his latest restaurant venture in Fort Worth, Texas: the Woodshed.
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Every family has its secrets and the margarita recipe at Joe T. Garcia's has been guarded for almost 80 years.
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