Philip Rucker

Washington, D.C.

Deputy National Editor

Education: Yale University, B.A. in History, 2006

Philip Rucker is the Deputy National Editor for The Washington Post, helping lead the staff covering Washington, national security, politics, domestic news, health, science and other topics. Rucker previously served as Senior Washington Correspondent and as White House Bureau Chief, leading The Post's award-winning coverage of Donald Trump's presidency. Rucker was part of the team of Post reporters awarded the Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award for coverage of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. He also has received the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for distinguished reporting on
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So… can he do that?

More than five years later, what’s the answer to: “Can he do that?” What major lessons have we learned about the stability of our democracy and the limitations on presidential power? How have our systems been tested and how have they endured those tests?

May 12, 2022

Skating and SCOTUS

Today on Post Reports, a guide to the judges being considered to fill Justice Stephen Breyer’s Supreme Court seat and make history as the first Black woman on the court. Plus, two Washington Post politics experts talk … figure skating.

February 11, 2022

    Did Trump take measures to impede the defense of the Capitol? Our reporters tackle your questions.

    Four Washington Post political reporters will answer your questions on Tuesday at 3 p.m. Eastern.

    November 2, 2021

      Warnings of Jan. 6 violence preceded the Capitol riot

      Law enforcement agencies failed to heed mounting warnings of coming violence as Trump propelled his supporters to Washington in a last desperate attempt to overturn the election results.

      October 31, 2021

        What happened on Jan. 6: Trump stands back as rioters breach Capitol

        For 187 harrowing minutes, the president watched his supporters attack the Capitol - and resisted pleas to stop them.

        October 31, 2021

          After Jan. 6, threats and disinformation take hold across the U.S.

          Menacing threats and disinformation spread across the country following the Jan. 6 siege, shaking the underpinnings of American democracy.

          October 31, 2021

          Audio: Trump says he spoke to a ‘loving crowd’ at Jan. 6 rally

          In an exclusive interview for the new book "I Alone Can Fix It," the former president described the atmosphere on Jan. 6 before the storming of the Capitol as largely friendly and peaceful.

          July 21, 2021

          ‘I Alone Can Fix It’ book excerpt: Inside Trump’s Election Day and the birth of the ‘big lie’

          At the end of a tumultuous day, the defiant president refused to accept the signs that he was losing the White House contest to Joe Biden.

          July 15, 2021

          ‘Have a good life’: Trump leaves for Florida in low-key farewell

          If the final hours of Trump’s presidency were publicly anticlimactic and relatively sedate, they were characteristically frenetic behind the scenes.

          January 20, 2021