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 sat down in Rochester, New Hampshire earlier this week with Rudy Giuliani, the national front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. In between town hall meetings, where he's trying to erase Mitt Romney's lead in the first primary state, we discussed a wide range of issues--from his new health care plan designed to counter Democrats' "socialized medicine," to his opposition to private equity tax increases that he says could damage capital markets, to his support for free trade with China despite protectionist pressures.
More than two thirds of Americans believe the U.S. economy is either in recession now or will be in the next year, according to a new Wall Street Journal NBC News poll.
I had an interesting lunch in Washington yesterday with Gov. Jon Corzine of New Jersey, thankfully on the mend after his horrendous auto accident earlier this year. It was all the more interesting for the fact that I had interviewed his sort-of political neighbor, Rudy Giuliani, two days before. Corzine sharply disputed Giuliani's assessment of several economic issues. That's not surprising, since Corzine is a liberal Democrat who supports Hillary Clinton for president and Giuliani is seeking the Republican nomination.
I’m in Rochester, NH with Rudy Giuliani. This morning at a town meeting he’ll describe some new elements of his health care policy, which I described in an article in this morning’s Wall Street Journal. In an interview with me yesterday, the former New York City mayor described development of the traditionally-anemic market for individually-purchased health insurance policies as the centerpiece of his plan.
From my email and the blogosphere, I see that some people have taken exception to my remarks on "Meet the Press" Sunday (see clip below) about Hillary Clinton and the Washington Post article about her display of cleavage on the Senate floor. My point was, and remains, as follows:
Here are a few things I'll be following this week, as the capital battles summer doldrums: Washington Watches Wall Street. Top Bush advisers I talked to over the weekend shrugged off last week's market turbulence. One noted dozens of movements of similar magnitude on a percentage basis in recent years. Another cited Ben Stein's observation that market hand-wringing is "not anything but smoke being blown." The Dow opens Monday 6 percent up for the year.
The world of business and finance may consider the fight between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton over foreign policy, which emerged at this week's YouTube debate, as irrelevant to their concerns. That view is wrong. It's true that, in a narrow sense, neither Wall Street nor the investor community has a direct stake in the back and forth over whether either prospective Democratic president would agree to face to face meetings with Hugo Chavez or Fidel Castro or other anti-American tyrants.
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards--once again seeking to drive the 2008 campaign debate within his party--will today propose raising the capital gains tax rate to 28% from 15%, and use the money to finance tax cuts for middle and lower income families. While raising the capital gains levy to that level, which Edwards points out was a rate once signed into law by President Ronald Reagan, Edwards proposes a series of breaks for those not currently thriving in the U.S. economy..
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.
An update from Tod Wilson, of Mr. Tod’s Bakery who was the very first entrepreneur in "Shark Tank" history.
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.
What makes one bottle of wine cost $15 while another goes for $1,000? Joe Bastianich of CNBC's "Restaurant Startup" explains.
Some might pick a wine bottle for its imagery, but its label can tell consumers so much more about what’s inside.
Tim Love takes us behind the scenes at his latest restaurant venture in Fort Worth, Texas: the Woodshed.
Marcus Lemonis of CNBC’s “The Profit” and a business consultant discuss how entrepreneurs can successfully form a business partnership.
Marcus Lemonis of CNBC's "The Profit" and the National Federation of Independent Business give tips on effective leadership.
Managing a business run by loved ones isn't so simple, as host Marcus Lemonis demonstrates on CNBC's "The Profit."
These designers hope to replace disposable plastic cups with their biodegradable, edible cup called Loliware.
Rather than peddling Takumi Taco on NYC's streets in a food truck, owners Debbie and Derek Kaye do it a different way.
In NYC, food trucks have been hot, but many owners say rules and regulations are eating up profits. Marcus Lemonis weighs in.
Meggan Bailey of CNBC's "The Car Chasers" says bad paperwork is one of many mistakes people can make after buying a car.
Meggan Bailey, star of CNBC Prime's "The Car Chasers," tells you how to properly market your car so it's sure to sell.
Used largely by farmers and businesses at the turn of the century, trucks are now tops.