Philip Bump

New York

National columnist focused largely on the numbers behind politics

Education: Ohio State University

Philip Bump is a correspondent for The Washington Post based in New York. He is the author of the weekly newsletter, How To Read This Chart, to which you should subscribe.
Latest from Philip Bump

It’s a millennial workforce now

The baby boom no longer represents much of the American workforce.

December 5, 2022

What does ‘woke’ mean? Whatever Ron DeSantis wants.

Florida: Where woke goes to be defined.

December 5, 2022

No, limiting the Hunter Biden laptop story didn’t cost Trump the election

This claim is largely based on a highly dubious poll from a right-wing organization. But it also makes no sense on the merits.

December 5, 2022

Trump’s call to set aside the Constitution raises a question: Why now?

The former presidents' nonsensical calls to be reinstated aren't new. But the current moment is unique in several ways.

December 5, 2022

Who Trump is defending when he pledges amnesty for the Capitol riot

There's a vibrant movement aimed at casting detainees as political victims. They are not.

December 2, 2022

Biden seeks a Democratic primary that looks like the Democratic Party

The top two primary states have long been much whiter than the party.

December 2, 2022

The overblown, heavily political fear of American cities

Yes, crime has risen in cities — and elsewhere — over the past few years. But that alone doesn't explain the concern.

December 1, 2022

The GOP’s bet on Kanye West has gone very bad

Donald Trump lifted up the rapper as a validating his approach to race and culture. So much for that.

December 1, 2022

Republicans in Congress are more likely to go sideways on their caucus

Not great news for Kevin McCarthy.

December 1, 2022

A 1957 photo of Jerry Jones reminds us how recent America’s past is

A photo of the Dallas Cowboys owner taken 65 years ago when he was a teenager is a reminder that segregation is closer than we think.

November 30, 2022