Amber Phillips

Washington D.C.

Politics Reporter

Education: Texas Christian University, bachelor's degree in international relations and Spanish

Amber Phillips explains and analyzes politics for The Washington Post and authors The 5-Minute Fix newsletter, a quick analysis of the day's biggest political news. She joined The Washington Post in 2015 and was previously the one-woman D.C. bureau for the Las Vegas Sun. She is originally from Texas and has reported from as far away as Taiwan.
Latest from Amber Phillips

Breaking down the GOP investigation into the Biden family

What House Republicans are investigating about the Biden family, and where they lack evidence

June 1, 2023

How Ron DeSantis compares with Donald Trump on policies and views

A running list comparing the policies and views of former president Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on major issues.

June 1, 2023

What is the debt ceiling?

What happens when Congress raises the debt ceiling? What happens if the government defaults? It will not be pretty if the federal government defaults on the national debt.

May 31, 2023

What’s the database the FBI misused to seek info on Jan. 6 suspects, BLM arrestees?

Explaining the Section 702 communications database, which has the FBI in hot water.

May 19, 2023

Takeaways from Kentucky and Pennsylvania primary election results 2023

Republican Daniel Cameron makes history in Kentucky’s gubernatorial primary. Democrats hold on to their Pennsylvania House majority.

May 17, 2023

Breaking down the Philadelphia mayoral race

Philadelphia is one of the United States' last big cities to only have men as the top leader.

May 16, 2023

A quick rundown of the Kentucky governor’s primary

Republicans will pick a nominee to try to unseat a popular Democratic governor who has managed to hang on in a red state.

May 16, 2023

5 ways the debt ceiling fight could end

A trillion-dollar coin? Just ignoring the debt ceiling? A default?

May 3, 2023

Here’s what the Supreme Court abortion pill ruling means and what’s next

The Supreme Court has preserved full access to mifepristone, the abortion pill. Here's the background and what's at stake.

April 21, 2023

How an old, anti-porn law could be used to end medication abortion

The 150-year-old law could be used to end medicated abortion.

April 19, 2023