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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Biden to deliver remarks from White House on bipartisan debt ceiling bill

The president plans to address the nation at 7 p.m. Eastern about legislation that will avert an unprecedented default on U.S. debt.

June 2, 2023

Senate passes debt ceiling bill, sending it to Biden to sign into law

The 99-page debt ceiling legislation brokered by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and President Biden cleared the House on Wednesday.

June 1, 2023

Trump and other GOP presidential hopefuls pan debt ceiling deal

On Wednesday, former president Donald Trump added to the criticism from White House hopefuls of a deal brokered by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

May 31, 2023

Tuberville adviser resigns after report on role in stalling military promotions

Morgan Murphy left his position following a Washington Post report last week that he presented the senator with a stalling tactic designed to get the Pentagon to reevaluate an abortion policy.

May 31, 2023

Sen. Mitt Romney draws a Republican primary challenger in Utah

Trent Staggs, mayor of Riverton, Utah, a municipality of about 45,000 people near Salt Lake City, assails Sen. Mitt Romney for compromising with Democrats.

May 24, 2023

Michigan Senate field grows with entrance of state education board leader

Pugh joined a field that already includes three-term Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) and three lesser-known Democrats.

May 24, 2023

Democrats sue W.Va. Gov. Justice over refusal to disclose work schedule

In 2019, two years into his gubernatorial tenure, media stories portrayed Justice as largely uninterested in his duties after his office did release copies of his schedules.

May 23, 2023

Delaware’s Sen. Carper announces retirement, ending nearly 50-year political career

The senator's decision to retire opens the door in the heavily Democratic state for a primary bid for Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester.

May 22, 2023

Ethics panel to continue investigating Santos even as prosecution proceeds

There are matters related to Rep. George Santos that the House Ethics Committee can pursue without interfering with federal prosecutors' work, Rep. David Joyce says.

May 18, 2023

Senate Democrats ask Biden to ready 14th Amendment, bypass GOP on debt limit

House Democrats also begin a long-shot attempt to force a vote on a debt ceiling increase without other spending cuts.

May 17, 2023