Ben Terris

Washington, D.C.

Feature reporter covering national politics

Education: Brandeis University, B.A. in American Studies

Ben Terris is a writer in The Washington Post's Style section with a focus on national politics. Terris previously worked at National Journal, where he wrote political features primarily focused on Congress. His time at National Journal also included a hunting trip with one of the most conservative members of Congress, a hamburger cook-off with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and a trip to Clarksdale, Miss., to write about the murder of a mayoral candidate. A 2008 graduate of Brandeis University, Terris spent the first 13 weeks of his career driving 15,000 miles around the country in a beat-up Toyota
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This site bet big on political gambling. Regulators want it shut down.

Politics junkies have made and lost millions placing bets on what will happen next. But one major site is in the crosshairs of federal regulators.

January 24, 2023

Does the House even exist right now?

A chamber full of representatives-elect is failing to install Kevin McCarthy (or anyone else) as speaker, so they can’t be sworn in yet.

January 4, 2023

George Santos had an awkward first day at the office

The New York Republican, accused of fabricating details of his biography, got a taste of scrutiny that comes with his new job.

January 3, 2023

Whatever became of the anti-Trump prophets?

Tom Arnold never found the supposed “Trump Tapes." Claude Taylor pivoted to rating journalists’ TV backdrops. Michael Avenatti was convicted of defrauding Stormy Daniels.

February 22, 2022

Freshman blues: Inside the new House Democrats’ unsettling first year

It’s been a year of trauma, big wins and major frustrations.

January 28, 2022

One year of ‘President Manchin’: For the Democratic agenda, all roads go through West Virginia

In 2021, Sen. Joe Manchin III was practically an administration unto himself.

December 15, 2021

It’s been a tense year of infighting for Democrats. And this might be as good as it gets.

As Trump’s GOP eyes a return to power, a handful of House Democrats have chosen to retire. What are they thinking?

November 12, 2021

What is Tommy Tuberville doing here?

The college football coach turned U.S. senator objected to Biden’s victory on Jan. 6. He’s not looking back. “I have no regrets,” he says.

October 19, 2021

What if Republicans had a party and Trump wasn’t there?

At Congressman Dan Crenshaw’s conservative youth conference, visions of a post-Trump GOP.

September 14, 2021

George W. Bush’s wars are now over. He retreated a while ago.

The Taliban has taken back Afghanistan. The GOP belongs to Trump. Bush is powerless — and strangely popular.

September 1, 2021