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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I blogged yesterday about the possibility that the campaign finance questions kindled by the Wall Street Journal yesterday--which involved a top fund-raiser named Norman Hsu--could get any worse for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. That is precisely what happened today.
The political world is buzzing over the salacious news surrounding Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho, the conservative Republican caught up in a police sting that targeted sexual activity in a men's restroom. The news endangers Craig's career, at minimum, and might conceivably threaten the GOP's grip on his Senate seat should he be ultimately be forced aside. At a time when Republican social conservatives are already dispirited by the woes of President Bush...
A Republican source on Capitol Hill points out for me today another potential replacement for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales--Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, a one-time presidential candidate and longtime member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Whatever his other qualifications, Hatch would bring this unequivocal benefit: the ability to be readily confirmed by a Democratic-controlled Senate.
White House sources confirm that U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement will serve as acting Attorney General once Alberto Gonazles leaves the Justice Department in mid-September. And to judge from initial soundings across Washington, no one will be surprised if Clement eventually becomes President Bush's choice to fill the job for the remainder of his term.
We are creeping closer to the point of full engagement in the 2008 presidential race--but not there yet. On the Democratic side, John Edwards and Barack Obama are gingerly ramping up their criticism of front-runner Hilllary Rodham Clinton. With the Iowa caucuses just four months away--and Clinton leading polls nationally and in early states alike--they need to.
One question about market turbulence that I'll be watching is its effect on the 2008 presidential race. It's not clear the disruptions will prove long lasting, much less lead to an economic recession. If it proves a short-term blip, the effects will be negligible.
It's been easy over the last few months to feel a bit sorry for Hank Paulson. He left Goldman Sachs, reluctantly, to lead President Bush's second-term Treasury in the belief that his skills might help solve two thorny problems: deteriorating political sentiment toward China's rising economic might, and the long-term insolvency of the U.S. entitlement programs as the Baby Boom generation heads toward retirement.
Even on vacation in Alaska last week, I couldn't avoid the news about politics and money fom back in Washington. After taking my kids to see the sea lions and seals at the splendid Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, I looked in the local newspaper box and saw a headline declaring that the investigations of Sen. Ted Stevens and his son have extended to the SeaLife Center itself.
Just like President Bush and Congress, I'm going away on vacation. But I will surely return to work before they will--on Aug. 15. I'll talk to you then--about the issues affecting your wallet in Washington, and the accelerating pace of the 2008 presidential race.
As Congress scrambled to finish up before summer vacation, I talked to House Republican Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri. Like all minorities in the House of recent vintage, the House GOP is getting steamrolled on vote after vote. But Blunt says he's happy with his party's positioning.
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.
"Profit" star Marcus Lemonis encourages people not to hire family, but if entrepreneurs take that risk, rules must be clearly defined.
Effective tactics in one deal might not work in another. Here's how one expert influenced negotiations.
Marcus Lemonis of "The Profit" uses Amazing Grapes as an example of absentee owners and the void it creates with employees.
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In NYC, food trucks have been hot, but many owners say rules and regulations are eating up profits. Marcus Lemonis weighs in.
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