John Wagner

Washington, D.C.

National reporter on The Post's breaking political news team

Education: Stanford University, BA in Political Science

John Wagner is a national reporter on The Post's new breaking political news team. He previously covered the Trump White House. During the 2016 presidential election, Wagner focused on the Democratic campaigns of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley. He earlier chronicled Maryland government for more than a decade, a stretch that included O’Malley’s eight years as governor and part of the tenure of his Republican predecessor, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. He came to The Post from the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., where he served as the paper’s Washington correspondent, covering t
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Post Politics Now: Speaking to midshipmen, Biden says Putin’s brutality toward Ukraine rallied Europe in opposition

The president plans to deliver another commencement address Saturday, at the University of Delaware, his alma mater, before traveling to Texas on Sunday to meet with families of those killed in the Uvalde school massacre.

May 27, 2022

Post Politics Now: Biden, first lady will travel to Uvalde on Sunday

President Biden has no public events on his schedule Thursday. He said Wednesday that he will soon travel to Uvalde, Tex., to meet families of the children killed in the mass shooting there.

May 26, 2022

Primary elections live updates: Georgia rebuffs Trump candidates for governor, attorney general, secretary of state

Tuesday's results were a blow to former president Donald Trump’s status as Republican kingmaker as some high-profile contenders endorsed by him lost badly.

May 25, 2022

Primary elections: Katie Britt, Rep. Mo Brooks headed to a runoff in Alabama GOP Senate primary

Former president Donald Trump's efforts to play GOP kingmaker will be tested in Georgia, where he is backing a Republican challenger to heavily favored Gov. Brian Kemp.

May 25, 2022

Pelosi challenges archbishop’s denial of Communion over abortion rights

After San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone's decision, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) questioned why those who support the death penalty — which also is at odds with church teaching — aren't also denied Communion.

May 24, 2022

Post Politics Now: Pence appears in Ga. to campaign against Trump-backed gubernatorial hopeful

President Biden is continuing his first trip to Asia since becoming president and taking a more confrontational tone toward China.

May 23, 2022

Post Politics Now: No near end in sight for Pa. GOP Senate primary

President Biden was in South Korea on Friday in the first visit to Asia of his presidency, kicking off a five-day tour designed to underscore his administration’s commitment to the region in the face of a rising China.

May 20, 2022

Post Politics Now: House Democrats take aim at gas gouging; Biden heading to Asia

Counting continues in Pennsylvania in the too-close-to-call Republican primary for Senate where celebrity physician Mehmet Oz has a narrow lead over GOP rival David McCormick.

May 19, 2022

Midterms: Ballots still being counted as races remain unresolved in Ore., Pa.

After a day of balloting in five states, a another notable contest also remained uncalled: Rep. Kurt Schrader (D) was facing a spirited challenge from his left for the Democratic nomination in Oregon's 5th Congressional District.

May 18, 2022

Midterm primaries: Scandal-plagued Rep. Cawthorn loses in N.C. GOP primary

Voters picked nominees in some of the most consequential primaries of the year, signaling the direction of both parties and revealing more about the strength of the hold that former president Donald Trump retains over Republicans.

May 18, 2022