Philip Bump

New York

National columnist focused largely on the numbers behind politics

Education: Ohio State University

Philip Bump is a columnist for The Washington Post based in New York. He writes the weekly newsletter How To Read This Chart, to which you should subscribe. He's also the author of The Aftermath: The Last Days of the Baby Boom and the Future of Power in America.
Latest from Philip Bump

Over 24 hours, rumblings of a reckoning for the right

From Thursday to Friday afternoon, three aspects of the American right-wing firmament suffered remarkable — if perhaps predictable — setbacks.

April 1, 2023

On a melodramatic night, Fox News makes room for melodrama king Glenn Beck

The former Fox News host, ousted in 2011 for his overwrought commentary, was greeted with praise by his tactical successor, Tucker Carlson.

March 31, 2023

Trump’s New York indictment: Frequently asked questions

Answers to your questions.

March 31, 2023

Which general election voters would now find Trump more palatable?

The former president insists his indictment will aid him politically. Maybe until June 2024.

March 31, 2023

Trump ally complaints aside, crime is down in Manhattan

A common attack on the indictment of Trump is that the district attorney should focus on other crime. Serious crimes are down in Manhattan.

March 30, 2023

Red America is growing because blue America is shrinking

International immigrants are moving to blue counties while blue counties lose residents to red ones.

March 30, 2023

The partisan divides in what we’re worried about

The climate vs. the border. Book bans vs. teacher curricula. Lots of similarity by party, but also key differences.

March 30, 2023

Trump and the tough-guy allure of invading Mexico

Talk of eradicating Mexico's drug trade by force is rampant on the right. New reports suggest Trump has signed on.

March 30, 2023

The polarization of Trump, in one simple poll result

Quinnipiac University polling shows how Trump divides in a way Speaker McCarthy doesn't.

March 29, 2023

A new lens into Maria Bartiromo’s embrace of 2020 conspiracy theories

An email obtained by Dominion Voting Systems shows how fully Bartiromo seized on nonsensical fraud claims.

March 29, 2023